On September 3, 2019, the Stafford County Board of Supervisors adopted a new Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Plan, which is an element of the County's Comprehensive Plan. This Plan serves as a framework for the development of shared use paths, sidewalks, and other accommodations at both the countywide and neighborhood level. A link to the Plan is provided below.
Bicycle and pedestrian facilities are utilized for transportation and recreational purposes by County residents, employees, and visitors. Projects such as the Belmont-Ferry Farm Trail provide greater access to the County’s natural and historical resources. Multi-use trails, sidewalks, and bike lanes provide recreation and non-vehicular access to public facilities, neighborhoods, and commercial areas. These facilities can be a great benefit to the community by reducing vehicle traffic as a result of providing alternate means of transportation, supporting economic development initiatives by providing an attractive environment for businesses and their employees, and improving the overall health of the residents.
In 1996, the Board adopted Stafford County’s first Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Plan as part of the Comprehensive Plan. The 2016 Comprehensive Plan includes two action items relating to bicycle and pedestrian facilities: 1) an item to update to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities Plan, and 2) an item to explore the potential for trails to be located within major utility easements.