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Virginia State Officials Work To Improve Bike Safety In Hampton Roads

April 29, 2012 by The Parrish Law Firm

Bicycle safety in Virginia has been a concern for many people over the past few years and is finally seeing improvements in Hampton Roads.

According to reports by The Virginian-Pilot, state officials are working to improve bike safety in several cities, including Suffolk, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.

In 2009, a “veteran cyclist” was struck and killed on Shore Drive. Last spring, four cyclists were injured in separate crashes, two of them being a “hit and run.”

There are conflicting views between the motorists and bicyclists who share Virginia’s roads.

Motorists claim that cyclists disobey Virginia’s traffic rules by disregarding stop signs and riding in large groups that take up entire lanes. Bicyclists say that drivers run them off the road and that they ride in large groups for their own protection.

To avoid these arguments and improve road safety for all, police have teamed up with Mayor Will Sessoms, as well as two bike organizations, the TriPower Cycling Club and Tidewater Bicycle Association.

Their accomplishments include modifications to 22 miles of roads and added bike lanes to accommodate bicyclists.

On May 9, the Tidewater Bicycle Association is hosting a forum to discuss the biggest challenges for bicycling in Hampton Roads and the next steps to make the region safer. To learn more about their various plans to improve bike safety, you can visit The Virginian-Pilot’s online website.

If you have recently been in a bicycle accident, you require the same quality legal representation you would need if involved in a car crash. Your rights as a bicyclist are equally important to Parrish Law Firm, PLLC. Let our experienced attorneys handle your case. Contact us today at 703-906-4229.


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