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  • December 11, 2017 10:59 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Of interest to cyclists who ride in Virginia Beach, VDOT is holding an important public meeting this week on the design for improving Laskin Rd between Birdneck & First Colonial Rds.

    The meeting will take place on Thursday, Dec. 14th from 5 to 7 pm at First Colonial High School.

    This much biked section of road is an important connector between the Oceanfront and Great Neck areas of Virginia Beach. The current design calls for a 10' shared use path along the north side of the roadway, and unmarked 14' wide outside lanes on the roadway for bicyclists.

    TBA recommends attending this important meeting and submitting written comments asking for "marked, on-road bicycle lanes" instead of wide-outside lanes.

    Given the high level of bicycling activity on this roadway, TBA believes that marked on-road bicycle lanes will provide a wide variety of cyclists with a safer, more attractive accommodation than wide outside lanes.

    The proposed side path along the north side will provide acceptable accommodations for pedestrians and more casual riders as currently planned. However, side paths are typically not a good fit for bike commuters and more experienced cyclists.

    Further details can be found below.

    Please plan to attend this important opportunity for improving bicycling in Virginia Beach.

    Examples of marked, on-road bicycle lanes (typically 5' in width):

    Text of VDOT's announcement:

    Find out about the proposed plans for the Laskin Road Improvement Project in the city of Virginia Beach. This hearing will provide interested citizens an opportunity to informally review, discuss, and provide input on the proposed improvements for the segment of Laskin Road between Republic Road and Red Robin Road. The project will include the widening of Laskin Road and the replacement of the bridge over Linkhorn Bay, as well as drainage and entrance improvements along the roadway.

    For those who cannot attend the meeting, comments can be submitted via email to: Troy Eisenberger P.E (project manager)Troy.Eisenberger@VDOT.Virginia.gov


    More information: http:// www.virginiadot.org/ projects/hamptonroads/ laskin_road.asp

  • October 30, 2016 7:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    An excellent update on the South Hampton Rds Trail courtesy of Barbara Woerner of the Virginian-Pilot: Chesapeake trail status

  • February 09, 2016 9:09 AM | Anonymous

    Hampton Roads transportation planners study abandoned railroads for "signature" bike paths


    Click here to read the whole article!

  • January 31, 2016 8:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bicycle Driving and Pedestrians

    by Bruce Drees, League Cycling Instructor (LCI) #2605

    I learned recently of a cyclist-pedestrian crash that took place in the middle of January along Bray Rd in Va Beach. According to residents who were not witnesses, a "fast" cyclist struck a walker. Reportedly words of blame were directed at the walker and then the cyclist left the scene.

    The incident was substantial enough that the police responded and tried to locate the cyclist involved.

    The crash reportedly took place mid-block on a dead end residential street with little traffic. There are no sidewalks or shoulders but nearly 22 ft of usable road width. Both parties had a right to lawful use of the road. These were seemingly excellent conditions for safely walking and riding. Yet a crash still occurred.

    Unfortunately, substantial injuries and even deaths occur every year from such encounters throughout Virginia. It can be a very serious matter.

    We sincerely hope that both parties are recovering swiftly from whatever injuries may have been received.

    Steering clear of questions of fact or fault above, what can we do to prevent such crashes in general? And if one happens what are our obligations? Here is my list as an LCI. It is based upon feedback from both riders and walkers/runners who have been involved in similar cases including near misses:

    Cyclists: we have no right of speed, just as there isn't for motor vehicle drivers. We are expected to slow down or even stop when conditions suggest or are ambiguous. In the proximity of pedestrians this is often a wise choice.

    Pedestrians: Virginia code 46.2-928 requires facing oncoming traffic while walking on a roadway (i.e. on the left side). This is a safe practice with vehicles of all kinds, including bikes. It allows cyclists and pedestrians to better see and communicate each others intentions and movements.

    Cyclists: ride on the right with the flow of traffic except when passing, avoiding road hazards or making a left turn. This is also state law and one of the best safe practices we have. It puts you in a position where others, including pedestrians, are looking.

    Both: use of headphones ("ear buds") is a very unsafe practice for cyclists and pedestrians alike. Leave the buds behind for use at home or in the gym. In fact, state law prohibits cyclists from blocking both ears. And it doesn't do much good for cyclists to give pedestrians a verbal alert when they are bopping along to a tune during a walk or run.

    Cyclists: when approaching pedestrians from behind, always give an audible warning such as a bell or verbal callout ("bike passing on your left"). Do so in sufficient time to be understood and responded to. But be warned: pedestrians will often pivot around one way or the other to see you visually, so leave an extra allowance for this. And leave an allowance for the hearing impaired. Your alert may not have been received.

    Pedestrians: before crossing even the quietest residential street, look in both directions. Don't rely on your ears alone to warn you of vehicular traffic, which includes bikes which can be very quiet.

    Cyclists: create a margin of safety by giving pedestrians a wide clearance. The unexpected happens very quickly. You are just as likely to incur injuries as the pedestrian you hit. More often than not, it's a lose-lose proposition regardless of fault.

    Cyclists: in the aftermath of a crash, Virginia code 46.2-894 requires you, as the driver of a vehicle, to stay around and render aid, provide information to law enforcement etc. Think: bicycle=vehicle. Hit and run laws do apply to us.

    Both: where the law leaves off safe practice and common courtesy kick in. Roadways are a shared public space. Treat them as such.

    We all have a common law duty not to cause harm to others. As bicycle drivers, let's treat pedestrians with the same care and due regard that we expect from motor vehicle drivers.


  • January 27, 2016 10:34 AM | Anonymous
  • January 22, 2016 3:38 PM | Anonymous

    The Virginia Pilot ran an article for Shore Drive.  The link is below

    Virginia Pilot


  • March 11, 2015 3:32 PM | Anonymous

    http://www.altdaily.com/features/entertainment/137-lifestyle52/7650-10-reasons-to-join-tidewater-bicycle-association-this-year

  • December 18, 2014 7:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    An article highlighting the latest developments in the City of Chesapeake toward building their part of the South Hampton Rds Trail:

    http://www.13newsnow.com/story/news/local/2014/12/17/chesapeake-makes-progress-in-41-mile-multi-city-trail/20559765/

    Want to help? Need more information? The South Hampton Roads Trail Facebook page has this and more. Show your support by giving it a like!

    https://www.facebook.com/SouthHamptonRoadsTrail 

  • November 24, 2014 7:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WVEC Channel 13 news reporter Karen Hopkins interviews TBA president Bruce Drees and city officials on evolving plans for including a bicycle and pedestrian trail alongside of a light rail system:

    13News_20141124-1630_1.2Mbps.wmv

    Web report on WVEC:

    http://www.13newsnow.com/story/news/local/mycity/virginia-beach/2014/11/24/bike-walking-tide-virginia-beach/19487607/

     

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