NORFOLK, VA – Each May, we celebrate Norfolk Bike Month – an opportunity to highlight this longstanding mode of transportation, emphasize safety measures and encourage residents to get back on two wheels.
In an ongoing effort to make bike and scooter riding safe and convenient, the City of Norfolk is using the first Friday and Saturday of May to test dedicated bus/bike/scooter lanes along a section of Boush Street. The test will determine which travel concept for Boush Street is preferred for the future configuration of the street – one vehicular travel lane with a shared bus/bike/scooter lane or one vehicular travel lane and a parking lane.
The temporary test configuration will include one vehicular travel lane with the bus/bike/scooter lane along the outside lane, with no parking lane. The test area will run along Boush Street from City Hall Avenue to Brambleton Avenue. A dedicated shared bus/bike/scooter lane provides an improvement in bus travel time and separates bicycle and scooter riders from general traffic, providing better reliability for bus riders and safety for those who ride a bike or a scooter to their destination.
During the test periods, a survey will be conducted to help the city’s Department of Transit understand how people currently use Boush Street and what are users’ preferences: a dedicated bus/bike/scooter lane or a parking lane. The goal of the survey is to get feedback from those who bike or scooter and to hear from nearby residents about their preferences for how the street gets used.
The test day events are open to anyone, including pedestrians, bike and scooter riders. The tests will take place Friday, May 7 (8 a.m. – 3 p.m.) and Saturday, May 8 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.). Visit www.norfolk.gov/busbike for information.