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Where do you live?

Response Percent Response Count
I live on Boush Street 6.2% 8
I live elsewhere in Downtown Norfolk 29.5% 38
I live in a different Norfolk neighborhood 57.4% 74
I live in a city other than Norfolk 7.0% 9

Where do you work?

Response Percent Response Count
I work at a business along Boush Street 4.5% 5
I work elsewhere in Downtown Norfolk 35.7% 40
I work in a different Norfolk neighborhood 42.0% 47
I work in a city other than Norfolk 17.9% 20

What is your primary mode of transportation to/from Downtown Norfolk?

Response Percent Response Count
Walk 14.0% 18
Bike 20.9% 27
Scooter 2.3% 3
Car or motorcycle 62.8% 81

What are the average number of days per week that you bike or scooter to/from Downtown Norfolk?

Response Percent Response Count
1-2 31.8% 41
3-4 14.0% 18
5-6 4.7% 6
7 1.6% 2
I do not bike or scooter 48.1% 62

If you bike, what is the average distance (in miles) of your bike rides to Downtown Norfolk (one way)?

Response Percent Response Count
Less than 2 44.0% 33
3-5 37.3% 28
6-10 14.7% 11
11+ 4.0% 3

If you scooter, what is the average distance (in miles) of your scooter rides to Downtown Norfolk (one way)?

Response Percent Response Count
Less than 1 64.7% 22
1-2 11.8% 4
2-3 11.8% 4
3+ 11.8% 4

What prevents you from biking or scootering to/from Downtown Norfolk as a primary mode of transportation? (Check all that apply)

Response Percent Response Count
I travel with passengers or small children 12.5% 15
My occupation 15.8% 19
Inclement weather 30.0% 36
Distance or time to destinations 21.7% 26
Do not want to arrive sweaty 24.2% 29
Lack of secure bike storage or maintenance facilities at destination 15.0% 18
Fear of vehicle collisions or riding in traffic 50.0% 60
Lack of comfortable route 25.8% 31
Other 25.8% 31

Do you currently:

Response Percent Response Count
Take the Elizabeth River Trail and take the longer/off-road route to get to Downtown 43.5% 40
Ride straight into the heart of Downtown on-road 56.5% 52

Would you prefer to have a more direct route to Downtown if it felt comfortable/safe?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 72.2% 83
No 27.8% 32

Rate these questions:

I would ride a bike or scooter to/from Downtown more often if it felt safe & comfortable.
Response Percent Response Count
Strongly agree 38.0% 49
Somewhat agree 24.8% 32
Somewhat disagree 4.7% 6
Strongly disagree 24.0% 31
Do not know 8.5% 11
Downtown Norfolk is a good place to bicycle with children.
Response Percent Response Count
Strongly agree 9.3% 12
Somewhat agree 15.5% 20
Somewhat disagree 20.2% 26
Strongly disagree 43.4% 56
Do not know 11.6% 15
I am satisfied with the convenience & quality of bike/scooter parking in Downtown Norfolk
Response Percent Response Count
Strongly agree 13.2% 17
Somewhat agree 23.3% 30
Somewhat disagree 24.8% 32
Strongly disagree 20.2% 26
Do not know 17.8% 23
I am satisfied with the convenience & quality of on-street bicycle/scooter lanes in Downtown Norfolk.
Response Percent Response Count
Strongly agree 11.6% 15
Somewhat agree 19.4% 25
Somewhat disagree 24.0% 31
Strongly disagree 31.0% 40
Do not know 12.4% 16
If you commute by a bus-bike combination, are you satisfied with the current feasibility of commuting with a combination of bicycling and public transportation?
Response Percent Response Count
Strongly agree 3.1% 4
Somewhat agree 7.8% 10
Somewhat disagree 6.2% 8
Strongly disagree 9.3% 12
Do not know 52.7% 68

Did you ride a bike or scooter in the dedicated bike-bus-scooter lane on the test day?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes, I rode a bike 17.3% 22
No 82.7% 105

Age Range

Response Percent Response Count
20-35 21.9% 28
36-50 25.8% 33
51-64 28.9% 37
65+ 23.4% 30

How comfortable did you feel while riding in the bus-bike-scooter lane?

Response Percent Response Count
Very comfortable 32.8% 21
Somewhat comfortable 35.9% 23
Somewhat uncomfortable 12.5% 8
Very uncomfortable 18.8% 12

Do you ride your bike to work?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 16.7% 20
No 83.3% 100

Would you ride to work if this bus-bike-scooter lane were in place?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 33.6% 39
No 66.4% 77

Do you ride Downtown for fun?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 61.1% 77
No 38.9% 49

Would you ride Downtown for fun if this bus-bike-scooter lane were in place?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 61.6% 77
No 38.4% 48

Do you ride the bus to get to Downtown?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 2.4% 3
No 97.6% 123

Which of the above street configurations would you prefer if you lived or owned a business near Boush Street?

Response Percent Response Count
On-street parking on Boush St. 41.5% 51
Bus-bike-scooter lane between City Hall Ave. & Brambleton Ave. (no on-street parking) 58.5% 72

Which of the above street configurations would you prefer as someone who rides bicycles or scooters to/from Downtown Norfolk?

Response Percent Response Count
On-street parking on Boush St. 14.4% 18
Bus-bike-scooter lane between City Hall Ave. & Brambleton Ave. (no on-street parking 47.2% 59
None of the above, I prefer to use other routes to/from Downtown 8.0% 10
I do not ride a bicycle or scooter to/from Downtown 30.4% 38
Richard Strauss in Ward 2
May 15, 2021, 8:35 AM
  • Where do you live?
    • I live in a different Norfolk neighborhood
  • Where do you work?
    • I work in a different Norfolk neighborhood
  • What is your primary mode of transportation to/from Downtown Norfolk?
    • Bike
  • What are the average number of days per week that you bike or scooter to/from Downtown Norfolk?
    • 1-2
  • If you bike, what is the average distance (in miles) of your bike rides to Downtown Norfolk (one way)?
    • 6-10
  • If you scooter, what is the average distance (in miles) of your scooter rides to Downtown Norfolk (one way)?
    No response.
  • What prevents you from biking or scootering to/from Downtown Norfolk as a primary mode of transportation? (Check all that apply)
    • Fear of vehicle collisions or riding in traffic
  • Do you currently:
    • Take the Elizabeth River Trail and take the longer/off-road route to get to Downtown
  • Would you prefer to have a more direct route to Downtown if it felt comfortable/safe?
    • Yes
  • Rate these questions:
    • I would ride a bike or scooter to/from Downtown more often if it felt safe & comfortable. - Strongly agree
    • Downtown Norfolk is a good place to bicycle with children. - Somewhat disagree
    • I am satisfied with the convenience & quality of bike/scooter parking in Downtown Norfolk - Somewhat disagree
    • I am satisfied with the convenience & quality of on-street bicycle/scooter lanes in Downtown Norfolk. - Somewhat disagree
  • Did you ride a bike or scooter in the dedicated bike-bus-scooter lane on the test day?
    • No
  • Age Range
    • 65+
  • How comfortable did you feel while riding in the bus-bike-scooter lane?
    No response.
  • Do you ride your bike to work?
    • No
  • Would you ride to work if this bus-bike-scooter lane were in place?
    • No
  • Do you ride Downtown for fun?
    • Yes
  • Would you ride Downtown for fun if this bus-bike-scooter lane were in place?
    • Yes
  • Do you ride the bus to get to Downtown?
    • No
  • Which of the above street configurations would you prefer if you lived or owned a business near Boush Street?
    • Bus-bike-scooter lane between City Hall Ave. & Brambleton Ave. (no on-street parking)
  • Which of the above street configurations would you prefer as someone who rides bicycles or scooters to/from Downtown Norfolk?
    • Bus-bike-scooter lane between City Hall Ave. & Brambleton Ave. (no on-street parking
  • Which of the above street configurations would you prefer if you were to cross Boush Street on foot to get to work, shopping, or dining?
    • On-street parking on Boush St.
  • Please provide any comments you would like us to know.
    No response.
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Choose at most 8 options
Strongly agree
Somewhat agree
Somewhat disagree
Strongly disagree
Do not know
I would ride a bike or scooter to/from Downtown more often if it felt safe & comfortable.
Downtown Norfolk is a good place to bicycle with children.
I am satisfied with the convenience & quality of bike/scooter parking in Downtown Norfolk
I am satisfied with the convenience & quality of on-street bicycle/scooter lanes in Downtown Norfolk.
If you commute by a bus-bike combination, are you satisfied with the current feasibility of commuting with a combination of bicycling and public transportation?

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On-Street Parking

On-Street Parking

Bus-Bike-Scooter Lane between City Hall Ave. & Brambleton Ave. (no on-street parking)

Bus-Bike-Scooter Lane between City Hall Ave. & Brambleton Ave. (no on-street parking)


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