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  • October 26, 2011 6:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    TBA was the only bicycle group present and was the sole source of testimony requesting continued state support for better bicycling at the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) hearing held in the City of Chesapeake this past Monday.

    In his remarks to the committee, TBA Advocacy Chair Bruce Drees also requested that the CTB support grant applications for the South Hampton Rds Trail as well as the Dismal Swamp Connector Trail projects.

    The CTB is the state's highest transportation policy making body. It is chaired by Virginia's Secretary of Transportation and consists of high level state officials and citizen representatives. This includes the VDOT and Dept of Rail and Publc Transit (DRPT) heads. The group is responsible for overseeing nearly all transportation policy in the state and sets the funding formulas which determine how available transportation funds will be distributed throughout Virginia. 

    Deciding which transportation enhancement (T/E) grant applications will be funded is another CTB responsibility. In recent decades this program has helped build the Elizabeth River Trail in Norfolk, improvements to the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail in Chesapeake, and the Virginia Capital Trail between Richmond and Williamsburg as well many bike and pedestrian related safety improvements.

    Once a year the CTB goes on the road to hold hearings throughout the state. It is vital for cycling to be represented as there have been a number of recent attacks on current policy in an effort to revert our road designs back to standards from 50 years ago and curtail dedicated bridge access fo cyclists and pedestrians.

     

  • October 17, 2011 8:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Joining North Carolina and Virginia's sections of the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail took another step forward today. In a meeting hosted by the Albemarle Commission, Camden County, City of Chesapeake, and other state and federal officials gathered to consider a consultant's report on how a 3.3 mile long 10 ft wide trail might be constructed within land along US Highway 17 and the historic canal on the North Carolina side.

    Similarly, City of Chesapeake is considering the feasibility of extending their part of the DSCT southward 1.8 miles to the state line as part of a separate initiative.

    This is an important but very early stage in the process and much work remains before this 5 mile gap will be bridged. When this and other planned improvements are complete it will be possible to bike from South Mills, NC all the way to Deep Creek in Chesapeake, a distance of about 20 miles on a dedicated trail.

    The two existing trails on each side of the state line are already very popular and well used. Bridging the gap will create a very substantial regional recreation and interstate transportation facility which will benefit residents of both states. It will also form part of the East Coast Greenway's Historic Coastal Route, providing a link between Key West, FL and Calais, ME.

    posted by:

    Bruce Drees

    advocacy@tbarides.org

     

  • October 17, 2011 6:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Virginian Pilot and WTKR Channel 3 are reporting that a cyclist was hit in Va Beach on Sunday, Oct 16:

    Virginian Pilot report on cyclist pinned under SUV

    WTKR New Channel 3 report

    Initial reports indicate that the cyclist was traveling against traffic, with no lights or reflective gear and was not wearing a helmet.

    Update (added VBPD press release):

    10/17/11     2011-144

    BICYCLIST CRITICALLY INJURED

    AFTER STRUCK BY VEHICLE

     

    On Sunday, October 16, 2011 at approximately 8:25 p.m., Police and Emergency Medical Services personnel were called to the scene of an accident involving a bicyclist in the 5600 block of Wesleyan Drive.

     

    Upon arrival, Police located a bicyclist pinned under a 2007 Chevrolet after being struck. Fatal Crash Team Investigators learned the Chevrolet was traveling south in the 5600 block of Wesleyan Drive. The driver was attempting to make a right turn onto the 900 block of Baker Road. The bicyclist was traveling east on Baker Road in the westbound lanes. The driver stopped at the intersection and then proceeded to turn striking the bicyclist.

     

    The bicyclist was transported to a local hospital with life threatening injuries. The bicyclist has been identified as Arrielle Santiful, 20, of Virginia Beach. The driver of the vehicle was not injured.

     

    The bicyclist did not have a light, was not wearing a helmet or any reflective gear. Alcohol and speed were not a factor in the crash. There are no charges at this time.

     

    This case remains under investigation by the Department’s Fatal Accident Crash Team with Master Police Officer Thomas Kellogg as the lead investigator.

     

    MPO Grazia Moyers

    Public Information Officer

    gmoyers@vbgov.com

    (757) 385-4097

     

  • October 13, 2011 5:45 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    And the driver is appealing it:

    driver fined $30 for killing cyclist in Hanover County

     

  • September 23, 2011 9:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Mayor Sessoms Leads Second Bicycle Summit, Presents City’s Progress in Becoming More Bike-Friendly

    Thursday, September 22, 2011 · 03:15 pm

    Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr. led a second summit with bicycle enthusiasts this week, presenting information on the progress that Virginia Beach is making toward becoming a more bicycle-friendly community.

    "The city had a very productive and successful second meeting with members of Virginia Beach's cycling community," Mayor Sessoms said. "Our goal is to educate drivers and cyclists about the rules of the road in hopes of making Virginia Beach streets safer for everyone. I'm optimistic that with these efforts, that's going to happen."

    The group discussed alternative approaches to making Shore Drive safer for bicyclists. This includes a $2.4 million project, currently under way, to add bicycle lanes to a four-mile stretch of Shore Drive that passes through First Landing State Park, connecting with Atlantic Avenue.

    In addition, the city recently affirmed plans to modify 22 miles of roads to accommodate bicycles. A paving plan for the coming year, created jointly by the Departments of Public Works and Parks & Recreation, includes restriping 10 major roads to allow for safer bicycling. The modified roads include portions of Princess Anne Road, Lynnhaven Parkway, London Bridge Road, Birdneck Road, First Colonial Road, International Parkway, Kempsriver Drive, Baxter Road, Wesleyan Drive and Culver Lane.

    New traffic signs are also being considered to remind drivers and bicyclists of the rules of the road, and an education campaign will spread the word about how to share the road safely and courteously.

    “Virginia Beach is world renowned as a great place for people to enjoy the outdoors,” Mayor Sessoms said. “Bicyclists are always welcome in Virginia Beach, whether they are riding on the Boardwalk or on city streets. We want both motorists and bicyclists to respect each other and respect the rules of the road.”

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    Credit: original vbgov.com press release 

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