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  • May 23, 2012 3:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From PilotOnline: police are asking for the public's help to find the driver who struck a bicyclist this weekend but then left the scene.

    http://hamptonroads.com/2012/05/va-beach-police-seek-driver-who-hit-bicyclist-sunday

     

  • May 06, 2012 10:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From the Virginian-Pilot, well deserved accolades from editorial columnist Candy Hatcher for the southside cities and bike organizations including TBA on our cooperative efforts to make the region more bikeable:

    http://hamptonroads.com/2012/04/cycling-toward-cooperation

     

  • May 06, 2012 9:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Here is a nice plug for Bike Month from the Virginia Beach Beacon featuring Paul Gordy, one the foremost touring and commuting cyclists on the east coast:

    http://hamptonroads.com/2012/05/va-beach-cyclist-says-forget-gym-hop-bike

  • March 12, 2012 6:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    As the City of Virginia Beach puts the finishing touches on improvements to the eastbound shoulder of Shore Drive (US-60) it is open and bikeable along a 4 mile stretch from Kendall St to Atlantic Ave. The west bound shoulder will be reworked next year. Approximately $1M of local tax revenue was spent on the project.

    The transformation of this stretch of highway into a more bike friendly one can be summed up in one word- Wow! Given all of the interest from the cycling community and Shore Drive/Bayfront area residents over the past decade this is a day that has been a long time coming. It can truly be said that Virginia Beach's planners and engineers hit the ball out of the park with this project. Just take a look at what they achieved (click each image for a larger view):

       

    Please help spread the word on how this new facility should be used:

    • always ride with traffic, never against
    • there will be times when debris blocks the shoulder, especially following storms; expect the unexpected.
    • the shoulder is sufficiently wide to pass a slower cyclist under most common conditions. Call out "on your left." 
    • standard road rules: slower riders stay to the right, faster pass on the left.
    • the rumbles have smoothed out sections which allow you to execute a safe merge with traffic to avoid an obstacle and then return back to the shoulder without having to cross the rumbles.
    • always look behind for approaching traffic before merging into the travel lane.
    • when there is debris, please consider stopping and moving it out of the way as a courtesy for others. At best, the shoulder will be cleaned by the city on a monthly basis. Let's do our part to help maintain it in between.

    Save the date: the city is tentatively planning a ribbon cutting with Mayor Sessoms on Saturday, March 24th at 10:00 am; gather at the First Landing State Park entrance. Watch for an announcement posted at http://www.tbarides.org/.

    On behalf of TBA, I'd like to thank Mayor Sessoms and the Virginia Beach City Council, City Manager Jim Spore, Deputy City Manager Dave Hansen, Project Manager Heather Ham, Bike Planner Wayne Wilcox and many others for this major leap forward for better bicycling in our city. And for all of our cyclists and Shore Drive Community Coalition members who turned out for the Comprehensive Plan, bike plan, Shore Drive CIP, and a myriad of other meetings in support of better bicycling in this part of the city - give yourself a pat - and then hop on your bike!!!

    Bruce Drees

    President

  • February 08, 2012 7:10 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    reposted from the League of American Bicyclists

    In January, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Safety placed Road Diets on the official list of Proven Safety Countermeasures. States are actively encouraged to use the listed safety countermeasures and FHWA provides guidance on their application. Road Diets slow traffic by reducing car travel lanes and replacing them with things like bike lanes and center turn lanes.

    Before and after photo of Philo Road in Urbana, IL, from www.vtpi.org, provided by the City of Urbana.

    To learn more about how Road Diets came to be added to the list and the practical implications of this move, we had some questions for FHWA Associate Administrator for Safety Tony Furst. Mr Furst was kind enough to take some time to talk about the safety benefits of Road Diets for all road users.

    League: What is the process by which a safety measure is added to the list?

    Administrator Furst: FHWA assembled experts from across the agency to research

    effective countermeasures in three primary areas – intersections, roadway departure, and pedestrian safety. In its evaluation, the team assessed the implementation of countermeasures

    Tony Furst, FHWA Associate Administrator for Safety

    across the country, what we know about the countermeasures from the Crash Modifications Factors Clearinghouse – a comprehensive repository of research and evaluations

    for safety countermeasures, and peer reviews by researchers and professional engineers from across the road safety field. Ultimately, the nine were chosen based on the quality of the research that shows that they are proven safety countermeasures and are ready to be widely implemented.

    A Road Diet is an increasingly popular countermeasure that is very compatible with a Complete Streets application and one that FHWA promotes in the “Designing for Pedestrian Safety” courses – it is an excellent safety countermeasure and works well on many levels.

    League: What are the safety benefits for drivers? What are the safety benefits for bicyclists and people on foot?

    Administrator Furst: Road Diets reduce vehicle speed which makes the roadway environment safer for all road users. For bicyclists in particular, road diets often include bike lanes, a plus for the cycling community. For pedestrians, this countermeasure slows vehicles in the midblock area. Since 70 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur at midblock crossings, road diets can definitely help save pedestrian lives.

    League: What can advocates do to encourage their state DOTs to undertake Road Diets?

    Administrator Furst: When a State or municipality identifies a safety issue that can be improved by the application of a road diet, safety advocates can support its implementation. When safety advocates bring their issues to a State DOT or municipality, it helps if they can bring potential solutions, and if road diets improve the issue being brought forward, it could be that solution.

    My Signature

    Darren Flusche
    League Policy Analyst

    Flusche joined the League in April 2009 and has a B.A. in history from Syracuse University and a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in public policy analysis from New York University.

  • January 30, 2012 8:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    From Americabikes.org:

    On Thursday, February 2, the House Transportation Committee will vote on the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act, a bill that eliminates crucial funds for biking and walking.

    This long-awaited multi year transportation bill eliminates the two largest programs that fund biking and walking infrastructureundefinedTransportation Enhancements and Safe Routes to School. Without these programs, communities all over the country will lose resources to build the sidewalks, crosswalks, and bikeways that make biking and walking safe and accessible in communities across the country.

    Top Ten Problems with the bill in priority order:

    1. Transportation Enhancements is gone.
    2. Safe Routes to School is gone.
    3. The Congestion Mitigation Air Quality program (CMAQ) is less likely to support pedestrian, bicycle, and transit improvements because air quality is no longer the operative measure.
    4. States are no longer required to maintain safe bridge access for bicycles.
    5. Placeholder for what’s wrong with the planning language.
    6. Rails to Trails are no longer eligible for funding under the Surface Transportation program.
    7. Pedestrian and bicycle coordinators in state DOTs are eliminated.
    8. Pedestrian, bicycle and Enhancements clearinghouses gone.
    9. Eliminates the requirement that rumble strips “do not adversely affect the safety or mobility of bicyclists, pedestrians or the disabled.”
    10. Eliminates language that specifically includes traffic calming and improvements for ped-bike safety as eligible HSIP projects.

    We can’t let this bill pass.

    take action

    On Thursday, the Committee will vote on an amendment to preserve dedicated funding for biking and walking.

    People from all over the country are working together to ask members of the House Transportation Committee to preserve dedicated funding for biking and walking. Here’s what you can do now:

    • If your Representative is on the Transportation Committee, call or email their office and ask them to preserve dedicated funding for biking and walking.
    • Have you met with your Representative or Staff before? If so, take this opportunity to call their district office and make the same ask. Remind them of the positive things they said about biking and walking when you met with them before.
    • If your Representative is not on the Transportation Committee, you can still help. Learn more about the issue. Once it passes the Committee, the transportation bill will be on the House floor in a few weeks, where all the members will vote. We will need your help there!

    Not sure whether your Representative is on the Transportation Committee? Find your Representative here.

  • January 24, 2012 8:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2012 legislative session is now underway in Richmond.

    The Virginia Bicycling Federation (VBF) is there on behalf of cyclists statewide. VBF is currently tracking 14 bills affecting cycling.

    Follow all of the action including daily reports from the committee hearings at www.vabike.org . Learn what your area delegates and senators are really saying about bicycling!!!

  • November 20, 2011 10:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    City of Virginia Beach is holding a Citizen Information Meeting for the Shore Drive Phase III project (Lesner Bridge to just of east of N. Great Neck Rd) on November 30th from 5-7 pm at John B. Dey Elementary School.

    The school is located at 1900 N. Great Neck Rd in Virginia Beach.

    According to the public notice, the project will improve vehicular and pedestrian traffic flow and safety in the roadway and intersections; improve storm drainage; include a multi-use trail and on-street BIKE LANES; and enhance the corridor with aesthetic elements such as landscaping and lighting. 

    Cyclists with an interest in Shore Drive are urged to attend the meeting in support of the proposed bike lanes.

  • November 14, 2011 8:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please sign the League of American Bicyclists petition to prevent passage of a law mandating sidepath use on certain Federal lands such as in our national parks: 

    Click here to sign the LAB's petition

    I Bike I Vote

  • November 13, 2011 8:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    How about a world class mountain bike trail right here in Virginia?

    It can happen with everyone's support. Check out this video which shows the great work that the Shenandoah Valley Bicycle Coalition and Chris Scott with Shenandoah Mountain Touring are doing:

    Virginia Mountain Bike Trail

    65,000 ft of climbing? For real?

     

 
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