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Virginia Beach Flaunts First Five-Star Luxury Bike Trail!
So the light rail lobby was thwarted last November as voters showed up in droves to reject Will Sessoms’ Wild Ride to Tomorrowland; not that beach residents don’t like fun! It’s just Busch Gardens had raised the price on those pastel train cars, Hannah Barbara reneged on sending Scooby-Doo and Huckleberry Hound to work the platforms, and Thomas and Friends were busy on a lucrative movie deal.
However, when all else fails and ones’ in need of entertainment, what’s more, exciting than blowing a boatload of money?!
Blowing 14.5 million of someone else’s money, that’s what!
The Virginia Beach Amusement Corporation is now in the works to bring us the finest, most luxurious bike path known to man, oh – and it borrows from the same ill-fated plans of their haunted train ride.
Studies have shown that when combined with diet and exercise, City Government is effective in toning down and decreasing the weight of your wallet. According to studies the average cost to acquire land for trails ranges from 48,000 to 1,000,000 dollars per mile and 300,000 dollars per mile to pave.
But you may ask, isn’t the ROW from the Norfolk Southern Rail already owned by the city?
The brass tax is pretty simple.
These politicians want to build a foundation and facilities to accommodate future rail usage. I can almost picture City Manager Hanson playing Dr. Evil saying ‘Bike Path’ as he stresses the need for public restrooms and ticket machines…uh, I mean vending machines along the route.
This is an overpriced plan, according to most estimates, aimed at breathing life into a failed rail initiative.