Norfolk to showcase new bike loop Saturday

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Norfolk is bike-friendly Saturday
Cycling enthusiasts in Norfolk can check out the city’s new bike loop Saturday, Oct. 22. (Photo Courtesy City of Norfolk)

Local bicycle enthusiasts can take a spin Saturday along the new Norfolk Bike Loop.

On the “Learn the Loop” ride, which will run from 1 to 4 p.m., riders are invited to enter at any time and at any point along the trail, as the event is designed to be a “go-at-your-own-pace” experience.

Volunteers will answer questions about the various buffered bike lanes, sharrows and other bike-road markings bikers will encounter along the way.

Cyclists can visit any one of three pit stops along the trail to receive water, information or a guided tour of the loop.

The pit stops will be located at Blair Middle School, 730 Spotswood Ave.; Newport Plaza, 600 W. 35th St.; and Harrison Opera House, 160 W. Virginia Blvd.

The entire loop is less than five miles long and should take most cyclists from 30 to 45 minutes to complete. Bikers are asked to go with the flow of traffic and obey all traffic signals and signs.

The Norfolk Bike Loop is part of the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Strategic Plan, which was the result of a significant amount of public outreach. The plan details 12 corridors that citizens identified as places where they would most like to see bike lanes, sharrows and other bicycling amenities.

The Bike Loop includes portions of the 12 corridors identified in the plan.

For additional information about the Norfolk Bike Loop, click here.

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Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, TIME.com, nationalgeographic.com and Talking Points Memo. Joan Quigley is a former Miami Herald business reporter, a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and an attorney. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, TIME.com, nationalgeographic.com and Talking Points Memo. Her recent book, Just Another Southern Town: Mary Church Terrell and the Struggle for Racial Justice in the Nation’s Capital, was shortlisted for the 2017 Mark Lynton History Prize. Her first book, The Day the Earth Caved In: An American Mining Tragedy, won the 2005 J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award.