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  • March 14, 2014 9:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The City of Portsmouth held a public information meeting about the High St (US17) bridge replacement on Thursday, March 13th at the Churchland Library. Highlights:

    • the northbound bridge is approaching 50 yrs. old and requires replacement
    • the city is planning to replace just the northbound side starting in 2015 with construction lasting about 2 years
    • the new section will have two 12' wide lanes for vehicular travel
    • the new section will have a 10' wide shoulder. City drawings have this incorrectly annotated as a "multi-use path" though it does not meet the criteria for one  
    • the existing southbound section will be modified to remove the narrow sidewalk and rail, leaving a 7' shoulder

    TBA applauds the planned shoulder improvements for several purposes including breakdown lanes, emergency vehicle access and bike accommodations for street savvy commuters and others.

    However, we are very concerned with the lack of a physically separated multi-use path. Given expected traffic speeds and volumes, ordinary shoulders are inadequate substitutes for pedestrians, runners and casual cyclists.

    Considering the heavily residential context this bridge sits in, TBA recommends the new replacement provide a physically separated multi-use path as well as shoulder improvements. We feel this recommendation is consistent with the goals set in the city's Master Transportation Plan (MTP).

    TBA encourages Portsmouth residents to contact their city council members to express their support for inclusion of a physically separated multi-use path, along with bicycle and pedestrian improvements for the bridge approaches along High Street.



  • January 15, 2014 12:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Visit www.altdaily.com for more information.

  • October 25, 2013 8:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The City of Portsmouth Department of Planning will be holding a public information meeting regarding a proposed grant application to develop a rail to trail within an abandoned railroad right-of-way in the Churchland area of the City. The meeting time and location is as follows:

    October 29, 2013: 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM, Portsmouth Public Library, Churchland Branch, 4934 High Street West, Portsmouth, VA.

    All interested parties are encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact the Portsmouth Planning Department at 393-8836.

  • September 17, 2013 7:09 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    An article on the rise of bike thefts in Va Beach and what some locals are doing to get their bikes back:


    TBA Tip: if you are going to park your bike even for a few seconds, use a good, high security lock! Inverted 'U' racks offer the best security, allowing you to lock both wheels and the frame.

  • September 08, 2013 8:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Virginian-Pilot is reporting that the City of Virginia Beach plans to close the Lesner Bridge along Shore Drive to bicyclists for 15 months during construction of the replacement, even though 4 lanes will be maintained for traffic:



    Update (as of 9/17/2013): TBA has learned from the City of Virginia Beach that the city is considering allowing bike access by vehicular cyclists (those comfortable riding with traffic) during this period. However, there will be no dedicated pedestrian or bicycle accommodations. The city is still considering several options on how best to move pedestrians across during construction.

  • June 30, 2013 6:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Virginian-Pilot is reporting on efforts to relax the resort city's current ban on bicycling on the beach.


    TBA fully supports this change in the city code. We feel that it is not only good for residents who live here and like riding the low tide line, but is also good for tourism. Nearly all of our competitor resort cities along the mid-Atlantic permit the practice.

  • June 20, 2013 7:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From the Virginian-Pilot on last night's hit and run:



  • May 08, 2013 9:26 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Received from Capt. Scott Burke, City of Portsmouth Police Department:


    Friday morning will see two separate police bicycle tours passing through Portsmouth – both are incredible sights to see.


    The Police Unity Tour rides to raise awareness of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty, and to support the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington DC.  I rode this tour in 2009, and it was one of the most amazing experiences of my life.  The Florida and Southern California Chapters will be departing on their 240 mile ride to Washington from North Landing at 7 AM Friday, and will be outbound along Crawford and High Streets to the Chesapeake border.

    Law Enforcement United also rides to Washington, they are riding in support of COPS – Concerns of Police Survivors, a charity that exists to provide support to the families whose law enforcement officer died in the line of duty.  Portsmouth has two officers riding with LEU this year.  They will be departing the Greenbrier area about 7 AM, and will enter Portsmouth along GW Highway, travel up Frederick, then depart along High Street to Chesapeake/Suffolk.  This tour should come through Mid-City by about 745.


    Both of these processions/tours are stunning to see.  Each tour will be led by 20+ escort vehicles, will have 200+ cyclists, and a support train of medical staff and mobile bike shops.

    If you have the opportunity Friday morning, between 7 and 8, to join us along either route (Crawford to High to Churchland or Frederick to High to Churchland), you’ll be in for a sight to remember, and the officers riding will very much appreciate your support.  Both groups ride 3 days, May 10, 11, 12, chewing away at the 220+ miles between here and Washington, arriving just as National Police Week kicks off.  National Police Week honors the over 19,000 American local, state, tribal, and federal officers who have given their lives in the line of duty.  In 2012, 120 officers died serving their communities, including 3 from Virginia.  So far in 2013, two Virginia officers have died, either in the line of duty or as a result of injuries in the line of duty.


    I’ll be at North Landing for the Florida chapter departure ceremony, then assisting with traffic control along the High Street route.  I look forward to seeing those of you able to join us.


    National Police Week:   www.nationalpoliceweek.org and www.nationalpoliceweek.com  
    Police Unity Tour (Chapter VIII, Florida): www.policeunitytourviii.org

    Law Enforcement United:  www.lawenforcementunited.org

    National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial: www.nleomf.org/memorial

    Officer Down Memorial Page:  www.odmp.org

  • April 02, 2013 10:03 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This Saturday April 6th please join Mike Rogers at East Coast Bicycles in Norfolk at
    8 am for a Bike Ride to be followed by a Pancake breakfast.

    Chef Sam Gillette along with myself will be flipping pancakes and promoting the Tour de Cure.

    Please join us for a great for a great ride, hang out with your fellow cyclists, and encourage someone to join us in this years upcoming Tour de Cure on April 20th.

    East Coast will be providing the ride leaders, sure to have a good ride and I'll try not to burn the pancakes.

    Address: East Coast Bicycles, 9605 Granby Streat, Norfolk, 8am.

    NOTE: Please park in the library park lot (very close to bike shop)

    Any questions please give me a call 650-9767. See you Saturday.


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