The Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission (CSPDC) represents and serves the local governments of Augusta, Bath, Highland, Rockbridge, and Rockingham counties and the cities of Buena Vista, Harrisonburg, Lexington, Staunton and Waynesboro as well as the 11 towns within the Central Shenandoah region.
The CSPDC works with its member jurisdictions, communities and agencies to provide high quality planning, technical assistance and facilitation of services that address local, regional and state needs in an innovative, timely and cooperative manner. Covering everything from land use planning, transportation, water and waste water utilities, natural resource management, affordable housing, economic and community development, disaster mitigation and preparedness, agritourism to human services, the CSPDC is an invaluable asset to the quality of life in the Shenandoah Valley. For more information about the CSPDC, click here.
Communities across the country celebrate National Bike Month during May. Participating in events of all kinds that focus on biking to school, to work, for recreation, health, and fun are a great reason to dust off and tune up your bike, or visit a local bike shop to demo or buy a new bike! Bike Month is sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and was established in 1956. Here are some of the area celebrations:
The City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County offer a full slate of events, sponsored by the Shenandoah Valley Bike Coalition.
Waynesboro is showcasing three local bike trails on social media and their tourism blog, Naturally Waynesboro. The routes were developed with help from the CSPDC and posted on Ride with GPS.
Lexington & the Rockbridge Area Tourism has worked with the CSPDC to develop new routes as well, which are featured on their new website Lexington Outdoors ,and Ride with GPS.
Staunton will celebrate its first Bike & Walk to Work Day on Friday, May 20 by hosting a Commuter Breakfast and Celebration. The event will be held from 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM on the Johnson Street side of the Wharf Parking Lot. Walking and biking commuters are encouraged to stop by for coffee and a light breakfast, enjoy music, gear giveaways, and free bike maintenance.
Staunton Bike & Walk to Work Day 2016
Staunton will celebrate Bike & Walk to Work Day on Friday, May 20, 2016 by hosting a Commuter Breakfast and Celebration. The event will be held from 7:30 AM – 9:30 AM on the Johnson Street side of the Wharf Parking Lot. Walking and biking commuters are encouraged to stop by for coffee and a light breakfast, and enjoy music, gear giveaways, and free bike maintenance.
For more information on Staunton’s Bike & Walk to Work Day event and the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission’s regional bicycle and pedestrian program, contact Ann Cundy email@example.com. or visit sawmpo.org.
Augusta County Conducts Broadband Survey
Augusta County is currently conducting a broadband Internet access survey as part of a $75,000 state broadband planning grant. The County hopes to collect as much survey data as possible to help accurately gauge the availability and affordability of high-speed Internet, as well as any unmet broadband needs of County residents, businesses, and community facilities. The information will be used to develop a strategy for improving broadband availability throughout the County, as well as to apply for federal funding to assist with implementation of a long-term broadband access plan.
Residents can take the survey online HERE, as well as on Augusta County's website, at the Augusta County Government Center in Verona, and in County libraries. Officials expect to close the survey at the end of May.
Crozet Tunnel Tours Offered
The Blue Ridge Tunnel Foundation is offering guided tours of the Claudius Crozet Tunnel the 2nd Saturday of each month during April, May, June, and July. Although the trail is currently closed to the public, these tours offer a rare behind-the-scenes chance to tour this incredible project. The mostly flat 1.3 mile gravel trail ends at the eastern, all rock portal of the Tunnel. From there visitors can experience the cool, moist air and travel a short distance inside the tunnel to examine this historic, engineering marvel.
The Blue Ridge Tunnel (Crozet Tunnel) is located in Afton, Virginia and its restoration has been an ongoing project for Nelson County since 2002. Phase I of the Blue Ridge Tunnel Project was completed in June 2015. This Phase encompassed construction of a parking area and trail head near the old Afton Depot and the construction of a pedestrian and bicycle trail along the original rail bed for approximately 3,400 feet to the East Portal of the 1850's tunnel. Phase II will include restoration of the western portal in Augusta County near Waynesboro.
Tours will begin at 10:00 AM and last approximately two hours. Cost is $10 per person; kids under ten free with a paying adult. For more information or to register, please click HERE.
Around the Region CSPDC Newsletter, May 2016
Around the Region, the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission's monthly newsletter is available HERE.