FABB Monthly Meeting March 15—Join FABB for our monthly meeting at Oakton Library, 10304 Lynnhaven Pl, Oakton, VA 22124 on Wed, March 15, 7:30pm-9:00pm. Fionualla Quinn of Bureau of Good Roads is the featured speaker. She will discuss her work at the Bureau. All are welcome. For more information contact Jeff Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reston Bike Meeting on Thursday—Would you like to see bike lanes on Colts Neck Road, North Shore Drive, or Twin Branches Road? Fairfax County has plans for creating bike faciliites on these roads this summer, but your support is needed. Please consider attending a meeting this Thursday, March 16, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Dogwood Elementary School, 12300 Glade Drive, in Reston.
To see the proposed plans, visit the Hunter Mill Street Design Improvements page. At the bottom right of that page are links to air photos showing where bike lanes or shared lane markings are planned. These projects won't happen without your support. If you can't attend the meeting you can visit the project page and leave comments in the comment form.
Vote for FABB as Most Valuable Clean Air Partner by March 19—FABB has been nominated by Clean Air Partners as a Most Valuable Partner. We've worked with Clean Air Partners in the past, using their Air Quality Forecast widget to notify cyclists about Code Red and Code Orange air quality warnings. They recognize that bicycling creates no air pollution and if more people biked it would have a positive impact on our regional air quality.
Please vote for FABB as a Most Valuable Clean Air Partner. Enter your email address under the FABB logo to vote. An email will be sent to ask you to confirm your vote.
Capital Bikeshare Opens in Reston and Tysons—Fairfax County held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new bikeshare systems in Reston and Tysons on Friday, Oct. 21. Bikeshare in these communities could lead to many more bicyclists appearing on our roads and trails in the coming years. The more people biking will mean more demand for better bike facilities. FABB plans to work with the county and Tysons Partnership to spread the word about using bikeshare and to help educate motorists and bicyclists on the rules of the road.
Metro's SafeTrack Program and Bicycling—Extending through March 2017, Metro's SafeTrack program will cause significant delays for commuters taking Metro trains. Some Fairfax commuters will want to find alternatives during single-tracking and line segment shutdowns on the Yellow, Blue, Orange and Silver lines. See the Fairfax County's Safetrack for Bicycling page for some biking options.
I-66 Outside the Beltway EIS Released
See the FABB I-66 Info Page for supporting documents.
Bicycle Master Plan—In 2014 the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted their first-ever Bicycle Master Plan. A major goal of FABB is to ensure the plan is funded and implemented. See the Plan documents:
Biking to the Silver Line Stations
We've created a page of information about bicycling to the new Silver Line stations. The page includes possible bike routes to the Wiehle and Tysons stations, information about bike facilities at each of the stations, and info about using bikes on Metro. See also WMATA's Silver Line Metro site for other info about the stations.
Bike Room at Wiehle Station
Memberships for the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail station bike room are now being accepted. To receive an info packet, write to the county bicycle program. See the FABB blog entry with more details about joining.
Funding for bike projects approved by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors—In January 2014 the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved approximately $40 million in funding for bike projects over six years as part of a major 6-year transportation funding package. The bike funding is approximately $7 million/year. This is a significant increase in funding from previous years although only a small portion (3%) of the nearly $1.3 billion in total transportation funding. There was also significant funding for bike projects that will be included in many of the road projects that were part of the package. Most of the Bicycle/Pedestrian projects are sidewalks that could be used by some cyclists. See the list of approved projects (May 15, 2014). Earlier list of projects that includes District name (Jan 2014).
The major bike-related projects included on the list, many of which are multi-use trails, are: Old Keene Mill Road Bike Shoulders ($9 million), Route 236 Corridor Improvements (bike lanes, wide curb lanes, bike shoulders, $7.5 million), Scotts Run Stream Valley Trail ($3 million), Cinderbed Road Bikeway ($4 million), Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail) ($6.5 million), Mason Neck Trail ($5 million), and improvements to Holmes Run Stream Valley Trail ($1.5 million).
There is also around $50 million for: ped/bike improvements to the Reston and Herndon Silver Line stations ($43 million); and Additional Countywide ped/bike projects ($7 million). See the FABB blog entry for details.
Fairfax Safe Routes to School page
A major goal of FABB is to encourage more kids to bike to school. We're working with a grass roots Safe Routes to School network to reach that goal. We recently developed a FABB web page devoted to summarizing information about Safe Routes to School in Fairfax.
FABB Events Calendar lists all upcoming events, meetings, and other bicycle-related activities in the area.
FABB is now a RoadID affiliate. If you click on the RoadID icon on the left, 10% of any RoadID products you purchase within 60 days will be donated to FABB. RoadID provides personal identification gear such as dog tags (FIXX ID), Wrist ID, and others.
Bicycle Incident Report Form—WABA's form for reporting incidents of aggressive, passing too close, harassment, and other such interactions with motorists. In the past Fairfax County Police collected this information using their Aggressive Driver form. Due to budget cuts, that form is no longer available. Cyclists can use this form instead. You can also use the WABA Mobile App to report crashes.
Guide for Reviewing Public Road Design and Bicycling Accommodations for Virginia Bicycling Advocates—Virginia bicycling advocates have a new resource to help them review and comment on public road projects. The new guide, prepared by FABB in consultation with the Virginia (VDOT) and Fairfax County departments of transportation, outlines ways bicycling proponents can get involved in the process of designing, approving, building, and retrofitting roads to ensure that bicycling accommodations are integrated into the plans where needed. Although geared for Virginia, many of the ideas contained in the report could be applied to other locations as well. Guide web page. Download a High res version (18MB) or a smaller Low res version (6MB). View the online version of the Guide.
Bicycle Parking Policy—Fairfax County has issued Bicycle Parking Guidelines. The guidelines include “specific standards for the County to use as part of the land development process”. The new standards will either be a Board Policy, an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance, or incorporated into the Public Facilities Manual. FABB has advocated for these guidelines since 2007. See Supervisor Smyth's Board Matter from the November 19, 2007 meeting, page 20, no. 40.
- County Bicycle Master Plan
- Prioritized list of bicycle projects connecting major residential, employment, and commercial centers
- Bicycle parking
- Cross county bike routes
- Bicycle Safety and Police Outreach
- Data Collection and Analysis
- VDOT Bicycle Advisory Committee
A brief history
The roots of FABB go to spring 2005 when about 10 bicycle enthusiasts got together to talk about ways to advance cycling in Fairfax County. The group met during 2005 and eventually decided to be affiliated with WABA. Since 2006 we've contacted cyclists at various bicycle events, handing out copies of the FABB brochure, and signing up cyclists for our bi-monthly newsletters. We continue to advocate for better bicycling conditions in Fairfax.