FABB Social Rides
Social rides are an opportunity for area cyclists to explore Fairfax County on slow-paced rides led by FABB. The rides are mostly for fun, checking out interesting sights in the county. They are also an opportunity to discuss advocacy issues such as roads where bike lanes have been created, types of bike parking, or little-known connecting trails that exist or could exist. The following is information about past FABB Social Rides.
Fairfax City Tour
Anywhere you need to go in Fairfax City, a bike trail is not too far away. FABB is hosting a social ride to give WABA members a chance to share ideas about transportation cycling while enjoying a leisurely ride through Fairfax's parks and neighborhoods. We will navigate a gently rolling 11-mile loop, returning to our starting point in time for lunch at one of the eclectic restaurants that make Old Town Fairfax a favorite bicycling destination. Fairfax City Tour Cue Sheet
A slow 10-12 mph ride with rolling terrain through the neighborhoods in McLean. Start at McLean library off Ingleside Ave at 1244 Oak Ridge Avenue. Some locations and homes that will be passed on the ride, include McLean Central Park, Senator Patrick Leahy (Vermont), Dick Cheney, Hickory Hill - Kennedy estate, Judge Bork, Rob Ryan - local weather man, CIA HQ, Clemyjontri Park - children's park, Claude Moore 1771 era Farm, Evens Farm area, Justice Antonin Scalia, Salona house and fields, part of 1719 land grant and the McLean business District. McLean Tour Cue Sheet
The ride begins at the Mosaic District located just south of Dunn Loring Metro station. From there the ride proceeds south on new connecting roads toward Fairfax Hospital. A short connecting trail leads to neighborhood streets that lead to the Cross County Trail. Proceed west on the CCT to Pickett Rd to the Fairfax Connector Trail to the Vienna Metro station. At Pickett you could take the Mason to Metro route to get to George Mason University. From Vienna Metro take neighborhood streets to Gallows Rd, pass Dunn Loring Metro and return to Mosaic District. Merrifield Tour Cue Sheet.
Description: The tour starts at the Reston Town Center Pavilion. Sights include bike lanes on Lawyers Road and Soapstone Drive, Walker Nature Center, Wiehle Ave Metro Station, Bowman House, historic Lake Anne, and Browns Chapel. The tour is just over 14 miles with a shorter option of approximately 10 miles. Reston Tour Cue Sheet - Reston Tour Map
Tysons New Bike Lanes Ride
When most people think about going to Tysons they think about navigating Routes 7 and 123 which are congested major state highways. Or they think about the Dulles Toll Road or the Beltway which are limited access highways. What many don't realize is that there are relatively bike-friendly routes into Tysons, and with over 2 miles of new bike lanes inside Tysons, biking to and through the area is improving.
FABB sponsored the FABB Social Ride - Tysons New Bike Lanes on Sunday morning to check out the new bike lanes and use two major bike access routes into Tysons. We mostly followed neighborhood streets leading into and out of Tysons. See the Tysons ride cue sheet and the route map on the right.
Udvar-Hazy Center Ride
The Space Shuttle Discovery has arrived! Why drive to the Smithsonian Udvar-Hazy Center and pay $15 to park when you can ride? FABB hosted a social ride to give WABA members a chance to share ideas about transportation cycling while enjoying a leisurely ride through Oak Hill neighborhoods. We will ride 6 miles to the museum, lock up our bikes and spend 1 hour enjoying the museum. Afterwards we'll ride 6 miles back to Reston under a stream valley viaduct. Udvar-Hazy Tour Cue Sheet