Mayor Sessoms Leads Second Bicycle Summit, Presents City’s Progress in Becoming More Bike-Friendly

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Mayor William D. Sessoms, Jr. led a second summit with bicycle enthusiasts this week, presenting information on the progress that Virginia Beach is making toward becoming a more bicycle-friendly community.


"The city had a very productive and successful second meeting with members of Virginia Beach's cycling community," Mayor Sessoms said. "Our goal is to educate drivers and cyclists about the rules of the road in hopes of making Virginia Beach streets safer for everyone. I'm optimistic that with these efforts, that's going to happen."


The group discussed alternative approaches to making Shore Drive safer for bicyclists. This includes a $2.4 million project, currently under way, to add bicycle lanes to a four-mile stretch of Shore Drive that passes through First Landing State Park, connecting with Atlantic Avenue.


In addition, the city recently affirmed plans to modify 22 miles of roads to accommodate bicycles. A paving plan for the coming year, created jointly by the Departments of Public Works and Parks & Recreation, includes restriping 10 major roads to allow for safer bicycling. The modified roads include portions of Princess Anne Road, Lynnhaven Parkway, London Bridge Road, Birdneck Road, First Colonial Road, International Parkway, Kempsriver Drive, Baxter Road, Wesleyan Drive and Culver Lane.


New traffic signs are also being considered to remind drivers and bicyclists of the rules of the road, and an education campaign will spread the word about how to share the road safely and courteously.


“Virginia Beach is world renowned as a great place for people to enjoy the outdoors,” Mayor Sessoms said. “Bicyclists are always welcome in Virginia Beach, whether they are riding on the Boardwalk or on city streets. We want both motorists and bicyclists to respect each other and respect the rules of the road.”


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