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  • March 14, 2013 8:14 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    “The people of Virginia Beach want a healthy community,” said Mayor William Sessoms.    “They want less congestion on our streets and roadways.  They want less dependency on vehicles and more opportunities for biking and other healthy activities.  They want more bikeways and trails so they can do exactly those things.   The City Council and I made a commitment to these goals, and believe this is just the next step of many in our goal of making Virginia Beach a ‘bike-friendly city.’”

    We at TBA could not agree more. Thank you Mayor Sessoms and city council!!!

    View the full article (pdf):

    Opening of Westbound Shore Drive Shoulders - March 2013.pdf

  • March 07, 2013 4:27 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AltDaily piece written by cycling advocate and TBA board of directors member Travis Davidson:

    AltDaily: Cycling Toward Cooperation in Hampton Rds? Absolutely!

    We agree!

  • February 20, 2013 11:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Virginian-Pilot sums up this year's legislative session when it came to bikes:

    http://hamptonroads.com/2013/02/general-assembly-no-love-cyclists

     

  • February 19, 2013 2:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    This past fall the City of Chesapeake, citing concerns over bicycle racing without a special event permit on certain roads in the city, drafted a proposed ordinance to further ban the practice. Below is the language of the draft law as of Feb. 8, 2013.

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    AN ORDINANCE ENACTING SECTION 74-359 ENTITLED “BICYCLE AND OTHER SELF-PROPELLED OR MOTORIZED VEHICLE RACING OR TIME TRIALS” OF CHAPTER 74 ENTITLED ”TRAFFIC AND VEHICLES”  TO PROHIBIT RACING AND TIME TRIALS ON PUBLIC HIGHWAYS EXCEPT IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES.

                BE IT ORDAINED by the Council of the City of Chesapeake, Virginia, that Section 74-21 of the Chesapeake City Code be amended and reenacted as follows:

    Sec. 74-359. – Bicycle and Other Self-Propelled or Motorized Vehicle Racing or Time Trials.

    (a)

    The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this section, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this subsection:

    A race refers to a head-to-head contest of speed or competition on bicycles or self-propelled or motorized vehicle inclusive of a starting line of massed riders and in which two or more riders ride abreast on a highway.  The course may be point-to-point, a large circuit, or repeated laps of a shorter circuit.  A race includes but is not necessarily limited to an organized event such as a road race, criterium, or portion of a duathlon, triathlon, or other multisport event. 

    A time trial is a comparative contest of speed or competition in which individuals or small teams of riders, separately ride the same route and distance for elapsed time. Time trials are generally started at preset intervals and held on an out-and-back or circuit course.  A time trial includes but is not necessarily limited to an organized event in a single day or series of days which results in rankings or comparative time result monitoring by officials, awards, or qualification for other time trial competitions or events.

    A race or time trial excludes training or recreational activity which does not have competition as a primary purpose and in which two or more riders travel a common route in single file and clock their own individual times, but such assemblies or gatherings are subject to other applicable law.

    (b)

    Bicycle, handbike, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, motorized skateboard or motorized scooter, low-speed vehicle or moped racing or time trials on the highways is prohibited except as authorized in this subsection.

    (c)

    Bicycle, handbike, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, motorized skateboard, motorized scooter, low-speed vehicle or moped racing or time trials on a highway shall not be unlawful when a racing or time trials event has been approved by the City Manager or designee on any highway under the jurisdiction of the City. Approval of bicycle, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, motorized skateboard, motorized scooter, low-speed vehicle or moped highway racing or time trials events shall be granted only under conditions (including but not necessarily limited to closure of designated travel lanes and/or shoulders to other vehicular traffic) which assure reasonable safety for all race participants, spectators and other highway users, and which prevent unreasonable interference with traffic flow which would seriously inconvenience other highway users.

    (d)

    By agreement with the approving authority, participants in an approved bicycle, handbike, electric personal assistive mobility device, electric power-assisted bicycle, motorized skateboard, motorized scooter, low-speed vehicle and moped highway racing or time trials event may be exempted from compliance with any traffic laws otherwise applicable thereto, provided that traffic control is adequate to assure the safety of all highway users.

    (e)

                            Such racing or time trial events of ten or more participants are also subject to                      City Code Section 74-21.

     

    ADOPTED by the Council of the City of

    Chesapeakethis ____ day of ________________, 20__.

                                                                            APPROVED:

                                                                            _______________________________

                                                                                                    Mayor

    ATTEST:

    _______________________________

    Clerk of the Council

  • February 03, 2013 9:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Two new television Public Service Announcements (PSAs) addressing bicycle safety have been created by City of Virginia Beach as part of last year's Two Way Streets fundraising campaign. These will air from now through spring on local stations, principally WVEC Channel 13.  

     

    One addresses the problem of bicycling against traffic, which is not only against state law, but is by far the highest risk behavior a cyclist can choose. The other PSA encourages having proper lighting, reflectors, and reflective clothing when night riding. Nighttime bike-car crashes constitute about 20% of the annual total in the Resort City.

     

    The Two Way Streets media campaign was a partnership initiated by Mayor Will Sessoms, city staff and area cyclists to produce and distribute quality bike safety info to cyclists, parents and motorists on safe operating practices. Though produced in the resort city the messages are applicable anywhere.

    Bike Salmon

    http://youtu.be/-4gp-nza418

     

    Night Safety

    http://youtu.be/A-Tf74v5FAk

     

    Share the Road (first aired 2012)

    http://youtu.be/p81mf5ZUNLQ

  • December 18, 2012 7:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In a mere 7 years TBA Touring Director Paul Gordy pedaled his way over the 50K mile mark on his 2005 Cannondale T-2000 touring bike. Best known for his trips near and far Paul wore out the bike's original set of wheels at 27K miles. Paul is also a frequent commuter between his home near Providence & Indian River and the TCC campus in Virginia Beach as well as the Tri-Cities center in Portsmouth.

    Well known in many cycling circles as the "fastest guy on a bike with a kickstand" there are few places in Tidewater that he hasn't biked to.  TBA congratulates Paul on reaching this impressive milestone!

  • November 08, 2012 9:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Imagine the year 2040 - what will Hampton Roads look like? How will we get around? What transportation choices will be available for the next generation?

    Take this short survey by HRTPO to share your views on the kinds of transportation improvements that you would like see here in Hampton Roads. The results will be used to advise state and local officials on ways that transportation can be improved, incuding bicycling.

    HRTPO Transportation Survey

     

  • October 14, 2012 8:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Citing the need to become a bike friendly city, on August 28th Norfolk City Council rolled back two ordinances of interest to area cyclists:

    1) dropped the mandatory and confiscatory aspects of the city's bicycle registration program. Under the previous law any bicycle without a current license was subject to confiscation and the owner fined.

    2) relaxed some prohibitions on sidewalk riding.

    The full text of the change can be found here.

    With the above changes in city code and recent painting of sharrows and bicycle lanes Norfolk is really on a roll. Go Norfolk! 

  • October 06, 2012 7:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Front page article published on Sunday, Sep. 30th:

    http://hamptonroads.com/2012/09/bike-crashes-hampton-roads-whos-blame

     

  • October 06, 2012 6:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To view online or find out how to get a copy, visit: http://www.virginiadot.org/bikemap/

     

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