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Virginia Capital Trail has been a success so far, what’s next?

Trail connection to the Virginia Capital Trail from Dorey Park.The Virginia Capital Trail may have taken a couple of decades of planning and construction, but by all measures, it has been a success so far.

“The trailside counters are on a pace that put first-year usage of the trail above 550,000, with daily averages for both cyclists and pedestrians continuing to trend upward,” wrote Beth Weisbrod, the executive director of the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation, in an Op/Ed column in the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Continue reading

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Rumble strips on roadways aren’t safe for bikes

Rumble strip on NC 345 near Wanchese

Rumble strip on NC 345 near Wanchese, N.C.

Have you ever drifted off the road while driving down a highway and been jolted to attention by quick bumps and a loud humming sound? Those were rumble strips, and they may have saved someone’s life.

According to the Virginia Department of Transportation, rumble strips cost between $7,000-$12,000 per mile. The estimated crash reduction varies between 36-64 percent. The Federal Highway Administration considers it to be a proven safety countermeasure. Continue reading

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