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Oct. 28, 2016 – After studying the city’s bicycle and pedestrian network for nearly a year, the city – with the help of citizens and a consultant – has developed recommendations to “make active transportation a safe, convenient, and enjoyable experience in Hampton.”
The draft plan focuses on the city’s Master Plan areas – Coliseum Central, North King Street, Downtown, Kecoughtan Road, Phoebus, Buckroe and Fort Monroe – and how to improve connections in and between them.
In looking at existing bicycle and pedestrian conditions within the city, a team studied many factors, including crash data, existing facilities such as bike lanes and sidewalks, and planned facilities. In recent years, new roadways and major revamps, such as North King Street and the eastern end of Pembroke Avenue, have included bike and pedestrian accommodations, but many city streets are less comfortable for walking and cycling.
A survey revealed citizens’ biggest concerns about biking and walking are safety, insufficient bike lanes and sidewalks, traffic and the behavior of drivers, and unsafe intersections.
To address these concerns, plan recommendations include developing a public safety and awareness campaign as well as more than 30 miles of on and off-street improvements. On- and off-street improvements identify specific streets and make recommendations ranging from “sharrows,” which are on-road markings to indicate the lane is shared by cyclists and drivers, to dedicated bike lanes to shared-use paths, which run beside a roadway and shared by cyclists, runners and walkers. For pedestrians, recommendations include additional sidewalks and adjusting signal timing.
Public hearings on the plan will be heard at the Planning Commission meeting Nov. 3 at 3:30 p.m. and at the City Council meeting on Dec. 14 at 6.30 p.m.
Funding sources for the plan are suggested, as well as criteria for prioritizing the implementation of projects. Bike Walk Hampton was made possible by a grant from the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, which covered consultants Rhodeside & Harwell.
View the plan at: http://hampton.gov/bikewalk to learn more about specific recommendations.