Virginia Beach city officials hope to make biking safer for citizens

Posted at 10:27 PM, Oct 21, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-21 22:27:38-04

Virginia Beach, Va. – Officials in Virginia Beach are hoping to make areas safer with the help of more than one million dollars in federal funding.

Seven-year-old Levi Hayden is looking forward to the changes.

“I think they should build a bike path because the cars drive so close to the sidewalk and it's scary because kids can get run over easier,” says Hayden.

With that in mind, city council members will vote on whether to accept more than one million dollars as part of the transportation alternatives program.

If approved, $450,000 will go towards widening parts of the shoulder of shore drive in both directions.

Three and a half miles of bike paths will then be built from Greenwell Road to Diamond Springs Road.

“I think if you go to many other places in the world including the U.S., in other places you know they've been able to do this. Why can't we?

With 60 miles of bike paths in the resort city already, city officials hope to achieve that bike friendly status especially on a notoriously dangerous road like Shore Drive.

Because once learning to share the road with bikers becomes the norm, a spokesperson with the parks and rec department believes there will be fewer accidents.