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  • April 17, 2014 7:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Earlier today TBA briefed the governing body of the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization (HRTPO) in support of the South Hampton Roads Trail (SHRT). The board is made up of all of the mayors, county board of supervisors chairs, local delegates, VDOT, HRT and local members of the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB).

    In his remarks TBA president Bruce Drees noted the 13 miles of shovel ready rail-to-trail conversion in Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Suffolk, stating that "...it could be built today if funding were available."

    Bruce also discussed the opportunities and economic benefits of a light rail with trail system in Norfolk and Virginia Beach, which would form the eastern end of the SHRT. Based upon a April 3rd fact finding trip to Charlotte, NC that TBA funded for officials from these two cities as well as HRTPO, he made note of $1.45B in new private investment that Charlotte has benefited from, of which the station access paths were significant components.

    TBA is optimistic that through such appeals, we can get the South Hampton Roads Trail up and running sooner, making active transportation a viable option for many more of our residents than exists today.

  • April 17, 2014 7:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Story reported late this afternoon in the Virginian Pilot:

    http://hamptonroads.com/2014/04/minor-injuries-after-norfolk-crash-involving-bicyclist

     

  • 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.

    http://www.altdaily.com/features/news/119-politics34/6489-call-to-action-lobby-your-representative-for-safer-roads-for-cyclists
  • October 25, 2013 8:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

    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:

    http://hamptonroads.com/2013/09/tired-bikes-getting-stolen-riders-turn-facebook

    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:

    http://hamptonroads.com/2013/09/lesner-bridge-replacement-will-take-about-three-years

     

    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.

    http://hamptonroads.com/2013/06/va-beach-proposal-would-allow-bikes-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:

    http://hamptonroads.com/2013/06/man-bicycle-killed-hitandrun-crash-norfolk

     

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