Residents call for more bike lanes on busy Hampton street


HAMPTON, Va. (WAVY) — There’s a growing concern among drivers in Hampton and York County about an increase in cyclists on a busy stretch of road.

Big Bethel Road stretches very far, all the way from Hampton into York County.

Because of how thin the road gets, residents are simply worried bikers will get hurt, or worse.

All along Big Bethel Road in Hampton, you’ll see signs signifying mileage while you’re biking — but you don’t see many bike lanes. 

Karen Davis lives on Semple Farms Road, right off of Big Bethel, where she says regardless of the fact that there are no sidewalks or bike lanes, she is seeing an increase in cyclists. 

“I would not allow my children to ride a bike out here, I would not do that,” said Davis.

She says that is because unlike neighboring roads like Commander Shepard Boulevard, where there are specific bike lanes and heavy traffic, her street only has heavy traffic.

She believes this is because of how much her area has grown over the years. 

“Once you do a bike path in one spot, it seems like they would just go ahead and make a coordinating bike path for people who live here, because to get to that one it’s going to be in a dangerous, you know, part of town,” Davis said. 

The city does have a master plan in place to become more accommodating. Karen says she is simply asking for their area of town to also be considered before anyone gets hurt.

“I am saying that I think it’s going to take time, I think that this area has grown tremendously and I think the city is working really hard to keep up with that growth,” she said.

Hampton city leaders say Big Bethel is part of a signed bike path, which is why you see certain green signs. Those routes were selected in the 90s, and now leaders are considering updating them, but no decision have been made right now.

To view the city’s full master plan and what leaders already have in place you can click here.

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