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