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25 Miles of New Bike Lanes Could Look Like This…

Andy Thompson

@richmondoutside
November 24, 2016 8:43am
Plastic posts separating car from bicycle traffic.

Plastic posts separating car from bicycle traffic.

Blogging on the Sports Backers’ website, Bike Walk RVA Director Max Hepp-Buchanan offers a summary of Tuesday’s big bike lane meeting, where city planners presented designs for 25 total miles of new bike lanes in 10 or so different corridors.

Hepp-Buchanan described some those designs as being “in the near-final stages and others in earlier, more conceptual stages.”

It’s been over a year since the City striped a new bike lane on our streets, and people are eager to see more. The excitement was palpable, radiating from the packed room of around 140 attendees…While people were excited about the new mileage, not everyone was as excited about the actual designs. The big takeaway: people want physical protection from traffic. Only one corridor (Franklin Street) provided physical separation in the form of plastic posts, and even that protection was sacrificed for a couple of blocks to make room for on-street parking.

Click here to read more from Hepp-Buchanan and here to check out the designs on the city’s website. Comments on the new designs will be accepted through mid-December.


About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?


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