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Chesapeake Bicycling

Chesapeake informs citizens of current activities and facilities that can be used for biking on their “Bicycling in Chesapeake” webpage.  Additional information regarding safety and relevant City Codes is also available.

Hampton Bike Facilities Map

The City of Hampton maintains a “Hampton Bike Facilities” map that displays their 76 miles of signed bike routes.

Isle of Wight County Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities Master Plan

Isle of Wight County updated their Pedestrian and Bicycle Facilities Master Plan in 2009.  This plan “provides a coordinated and strategic approach to the development of a countywide system of pedestrian facilities, bikeways, and greenways.  The Plan meets the goals of local communities to improve conditions for pedestrians and create a comprehensive network of bicycle facilities that connects key destinations, developing areas, rural communities, and adjacent counties.

 

Norfolk Bikeways and Trails Webpage

The City of Norfolk maintains a “Bikeways and Trails” webpage that includes information about biking throughout the city.  Links can be found to the City’s bike network map, Elizabeth River Trail map, bike safety tips and various committees and forums to voice concerns. 

 

 

Virginia Beach Bikeways and Trails Plan

In April of 2011, Virginia Beach City Council adopted their Bikeways and Trails Plan as a component of their Comprehensive Plan.  This plan outlines the City’s priorities as they pertain to bikeways and trails.

 

 

 

Complete Streets in Virginia Beach 

According to the National Complete Streets Coalition, “Complete Streets are for everyone.  They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities.  Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work.  They allow buses to run on time and make it safe for people to walk to and from train stations.” 

There is not a single design for a Complete Street.  Each street is a unique case.  Some Complete Streets include sidewalks, bike paths, bus lanes, and pedestrian crosswalks.  Others may be a two lane road with a shoulder.  Complete Streets vary greatly depending on need and context. 

The City of Virginia Beach has adopted a Complete Streets Policy in order to “improve the transportation system by providing safe, attractive travel for all users through a system of connected transportation choices designed in harmony with adjacent land uses.” Other Hampton Roads localities have also expressed interest in adopting a Complete Streets Policy. 

 

Williamsburg, James City, and York Regional Bicycle Facilities Plan

This multi-jurisdictional plan proposes to “encourage the coordinated development of a comprehensive system of bikeways throughout the region primarily as a mode of transportation but also for increased recreational opportunities.”  Other topics discussed in this plan include bikeway route numbering, bike parking, types of facilities and funding strategies. 

York County Bikeways Webpage

York County uses their webpage to inform users about their existing cooperation in the Historic Triangle Bicycle Advisory Committee.  It also discusses the funding of projects and lists County Codes relevant to biking.

 

Safe Routes to School in Hampton Roads

In 2005, the U.S. Congress initiated the Safe Routes to School program to “create safe, convenient, and fun opportunities for children to bicycle and walk to and from schools.”  Funds have been used to construct bicycle lanes, pathways and sidewalks, and to instruct children on safety.  The goal of the program is to “get more children bicycling and walking to schools safely on an everyday basis.”

In Virginia, VDOT administers the Safe Routes to School program.  Regionally, there have been several projects and programs implemented for the Safe Routes to School Program.  The following table documents the efforts in Hampton Roads enhancing youth mobility.

SRTS Grant Recipient

School

Project Description

Year

Portsmouth

Park View Elementary

SRTS program implementation

2008

James Hurst Elementary

Churchland Elementary

Sidewalk, bicycle racks,
shared-use path, signage

2010

Virginia Beach

Bayside Middle

SRTS plan development

2008

Sidewalk and pedestrian signal upgrades

2010

Chesapeake

Western Branch Intermediate

Curb extensions, pedestrian signal upgrades, sidewalk

2010

Williamsburg
James City County

James River Elementary

Intersection improvements, pedestrian signals, curb ramp upgrades

2010

Source: Virginia Department of Transportation. 

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