From Norfolk’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Trails Commission
VDOT has heard our plea, and is tentatively planning a feasibility study of adding bike & pedestrian facilities to the Granby Street/I-64/I-564 interchange, just north of Wards Corner. This will be be a model for retrofitting interchanges throughout the state.
A pedestrian stairway from the north, NSU, side of Brambleton Avenue to the Tide Light Rail Station has been funded, fixing what should have been done originally.
The City is about to request bids from urban planning agencies to develop a BikePed master plan. This is an opportunity for disinterested outsiders to provide an objective assessment of Norfolk’s BikePed facility strengths & weaknesses.
And Norfolk is working with other Virginia municipalities on the “Bluegrass to Beaches” bike trail. We have two routes that we’re considering, both of which are part of our current bike plan.
-“Commissioner” Wes Cheney
The commission meets every first Thursday of the month at 4pm in the 10th floor conference room at city hall. Email Katherine Goetz at Katherine.Goetz@norfolk.gov with issues you would like the commission to address.
Norfolk Bike Program Continues to Roll!
The Norfolk Bike Program continues to roll-on after the May launch of the We Roll Together campaign. The campaign, which encourages both motorists and bicyclists to be considerate of each other and obey all traffic laws, was created to support the Norfolk Bike Program’s main goal to create a safer, more bike-friendly city. So what is Norfolk’s next role since the campaign started?
City Council has just allocated $250,000 to the Norfolk Bike Commission to begin progress on more bike and pedestrian initiatives.
“Within the year there will be more way finding, sharrows, and bike lines,” says Strategic Transportation Advisor, Dale Castellow. “The City of Norfolk is also studying the possibility of putting bike shares in the business district.”
Primarily it comes down to a connectivity issue. Many parts of the city are not connected making it difficult and even dangerous for bikers and pedestrians to navigate motorist-oriented roads. Paul Forehand, the City of Norfolk’s own “bike dude,” otherwise known as a project manager for the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Open Space, says, “There’s always been some conflict between bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists. Norfolk is a small city and we have to share facilities with everyone.”
Forehand said the city is working on a bike and pedestrian master plan that’ll go a long way in forwarding bike and pedestrian efforts. He added that it will include a public process for community input.
Norfolk will continue to expand its bike and pedestrian initiatives in the hopes of increasing healthy lifestyles and decreasing traffic congestion and our environmental footprint.
“The younger generations are starting to think about how sustainable our systems are,” says Castellow who is optimistic for long-term changes. “We can’t just keep adding new lanes. It’s about changing people’s behaviors.”
– Kristen Helgeson, City of Norfolk
Oct. 3rd, Thursday, 4:00pm: Bicycle & Pedestrian Trails Committee Meeting
Oct. 15th, Tuesday, 7:00pm: Bike Norfolk General Meeting
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