For the past several weeks, the city of Norfolk has been altering Llewellyn Avenue, converting two automobile lanes into bicycle lanes between downtown and 35th Street. I was excited about this development when it was first announced, and I wrote about it in my personal injury lawyer blog last year. “Putting the sexy back in being downtown,” is how Norfolk Planning Director George Homewood described the strategic plan for city bike paths. I confess that I feel somewhat bamboozled. The city did not so much create bike lanes; rather, it cannibalized automobile lanes, cutting the number of lanes on Llewellyn from four to two. Throw in a price tag for taxpayers approaching $500,000 and I find myself not caring about bringing sexy back. I would rather the city bring my lane back!
What do you think?