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  • February 09, 2016 9:09 AM | Anonymous

    Hampton Roads transportation planners study abandoned railroads for "signature" bike paths


    Click here to read the whole article!

  • January 31, 2016 8:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Bicycle Driving and Pedestrians

    by Bruce Drees, League Cycling Instructor (LCI) #2605

    I learned recently of a cyclist-pedestrian crash that took place in the middle of January along Bray Rd in Va Beach. According to residents who were not witnesses, a "fast" cyclist struck a walker. Reportedly words of blame were directed at the walker and then the cyclist left the scene.

    The incident was substantial enough that the police responded and tried to locate the cyclist involved.

    The crash reportedly took place mid-block on a dead end residential street with little traffic. There are no sidewalks or shoulders but nearly 22 ft of usable road width. Both parties had a right to lawful use of the road. These were seemingly excellent conditions for safely walking and riding. Yet a crash still occurred.

    Unfortunately, substantial injuries and even deaths occur every year from such encounters throughout Virginia. It can be a very serious matter.

    We sincerely hope that both parties are recovering swiftly from whatever injuries may have been received.

    Steering clear of questions of fact or fault above, what can we do to prevent such crashes in general? And if one happens what are our obligations? Here is my list as an LCI. It is based upon feedback from both riders and walkers/runners who have been involved in similar cases including near misses:

    Cyclists: we have no right of speed, just as there isn't for motor vehicle drivers. We are expected to slow down or even stop when conditions suggest or are ambiguous. In the proximity of pedestrians this is often a wise choice.

    Pedestrians: Virginia code 46.2-928 requires facing oncoming traffic while walking on a roadway (i.e. on the left side). This is a safe practice with vehicles of all kinds, including bikes. It allows cyclists and pedestrians to better see and communicate each others intentions and movements.

    Cyclists: ride on the right with the flow of traffic except when passing, avoiding road hazards or making a left turn. This is also state law and one of the best safe practices we have. It puts you in a position where others, including pedestrians, are looking.

    Both: use of headphones ("ear buds") is a very unsafe practice for cyclists and pedestrians alike. Leave the buds behind for use at home or in the gym. In fact, state law prohibits cyclists from blocking both ears. And it doesn't do much good for cyclists to give pedestrians a verbal alert when they are bopping along to a tune during a walk or run.

    Cyclists: when approaching pedestrians from behind, always give an audible warning such as a bell or verbal callout ("bike passing on your left"). Do so in sufficient time to be understood and responded to. But be warned: pedestrians will often pivot around one way or the other to see you visually, so leave an extra allowance for this. And leave an allowance for the hearing impaired. Your alert may not have been received.

    Pedestrians: before crossing even the quietest residential street, look in both directions. Don't rely on your ears alone to warn you of vehicular traffic, which includes bikes which can be very quiet.

    Cyclists: create a margin of safety by giving pedestrians a wide clearance. The unexpected happens very quickly. You are just as likely to incur injuries as the pedestrian you hit. More often than not, it's a lose-lose proposition regardless of fault.

    Cyclists: in the aftermath of a crash, Virginia code 46.2-894 requires you, as the driver of a vehicle, to stay around and render aid, provide information to law enforcement etc. Think: bicycle=vehicle. Hit and run laws do apply to us.

    Both: where the law leaves off safe practice and common courtesy kick in. Roadways are a shared public space. Treat them as such.

    We all have a common law duty not to cause harm to others. As bicycle drivers, let's treat pedestrians with the same care and due regard that we expect from motor vehicle drivers.


  • January 27, 2016 10:34 AM | Anonymous
  • January 22, 2016 3:38 PM | Anonymous

    The Virginia Pilot ran an article for Shore Drive.  The link is below

    Virginia Pilot


  • March 11, 2015 3:32 PM | Anonymous member

    http://www.altdaily.com/features/entertainment/137-lifestyle52/7650-10-reasons-to-join-tidewater-bicycle-association-this-year

  • December 18, 2014 7:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    An article highlighting the latest developments in the City of Chesapeake toward building their part of the South Hampton Rds Trail:

    http://www.13newsnow.com/story/news/local/2014/12/17/chesapeake-makes-progress-in-41-mile-multi-city-trail/20559765/

    Want to help? Need more information? The South Hampton Roads Trail Facebook page has this and more. Show your support by giving it a like!

    https://www.facebook.com/SouthHamptonRoadsTrail 

  • November 24, 2014 7:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    WVEC Channel 13 news reporter Karen Hopkins interviews TBA president Bruce Drees and city officials on evolving plans for including a bicycle and pedestrian trail alongside of a light rail system:

    13News_20141124-1630_1.2Mbps.wmv

    Web report on WVEC:

    http://www.13newsnow.com/story/news/local/mycity/virginia-beach/2014/11/24/bike-walking-tide-virginia-beach/19487607/

     

  • November 06, 2014 7:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Kirk Turner of Chesapeake who died late last week in a crash involving a tractor trailer on Cedar Road.

    Obituary:

    http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pilotonline/obituary.aspx?n=kirk-turner&pid=173045115&fhid=15646

    From WVEC TV13:

    http://www.13newsnow.com/story/news/local/mycity/chesapeake/2014/10/31/bicyclist-killed-in-collision-with-truck-in-chesapeake/18233563/

     

  • October 14, 2014 8:14 PM | Anonymous member

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    Help Develop City of Norfolk's Bike and Pedestrian Strategic Plan
    Join the City of Norfolk and Toole Design Group for a series of community meetings. Share your current biking and walking routes. Give your suggestions for future bicycle and walking trails. Check out the three opportunities to get involved. Tell us if and when you plan to go.

    Wed, Oct 15, 4:30 PM - 6:30PM - Park Place Community Center, 606 W. 29th St
    Thurs, Oct 16, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM - Tarrallton Community Center, 2100 Tarrallton Dr
    Wed, Oct 22, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM - Southside Aquatic Center, 1750 Campostella Rd

    Also, you can enter your input to the Norfolk WikiMap here: www.norfolk.gov/bike.

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