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Virginia Beach: Still Hating on Anything That's Not a Car

Last year, city officials told transit-loving Millennials to hit the road. Now police are reinforcing a bike ban in a downtown district.
Ample parking in downtown Virginia Beach!
Ample parking in downtown Virginia Beach!Nannette Turner/Flickr

Last year, officials with the city of Virginia Beach more or less told Millennials looking for better public transportation to hit the road. Now the city is posting prominent signs forbidding bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, and “motorized skateboards” in Town Center, the privately owned, open-air plaza that amounts to the city’s central downtown shopping district.* The ban extends to public sidewalks adjoining the mall.

Beach towns skewed toward older, wealthier residents are famous for cantankerous restrictions on movement, speech, and noise that often seem to target younger peopleno boomboxes after 9 p.m., hooligans! Scrub your filthy mouths!