Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Priority bike projects from FABB survey

Over the past year we conducted a survey of visitors to the FABB website. We received over 70 responses. See an earlier FABB post for results of the FABB survey. Not included were the results of the following question: "What are the top two or three roads or stretches of road in Fairfax County that are in need of bicycle accommodations? (Lanes, route signs, wider road lanes or paved shoulders, etc.)"

The top locations where cyclists want better bike accommodations are listed below. The most frequently listed road was Franconia Rd, with several people asking for bike lanes on the section between the bike lanes on Beulah St and Brookland Rd. This would provide a better route to the Eisenhower Ave Connector at Clermont Dr. This route is used by many cyclists in the Springfield/Lee District area to ride to Alexandria and into DC. The Huntington and Franconia-Springfield Metro stations are also nearby.

The next two routes listed, Route 50 and Braddock Rd, are major east-west connections for bike commuters and other cyclists. Most bicycle traffic in this area headed east or west is funneled onto these routes (and Route 236), to cross the Beltway, and where there are no parallel connecting routes.

Route 7 is a major challenge. Cyclists need access in the Tysons area, across the Beltway and under I-66 near West Falls Church Metro, and further west at Georgetown Pike.

Several cyclists noted the need to repave the Fairfax County Parkway and improve sight distance at several crossings, including at Sunset Hills Rd and the Dulles Toll Rd in Reston, and at Route 50. Wayfinding signs are needed along the length of the trail, including detour signs in several places where there is not parallel sidepath. The wide, paved shoulders need to be swept on a regular basis.

Below are the top locations listed:
10Franconia Rd
7Route 50
6Braddock Road
6Route 7
6Fairfax Co Parkway
5Rolling Rd
4Gallows Rd
4Old Keene Mill Rd
3Rt 123
3Rt 236
This is valuable information that we are using to develop a list of priority bike projects.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

FABB survey results

For the past several months we've had a link to the FABB Survey on the FABB home page. Hunter developed the survey and has written a summary of the results:

For the past few months FABB has been surveying visitors to our Web site to learn what experiences and hopes they have for bicycling in Fairfax County. Although the results are hardly scientific they give a flavor of what the riding public is thinking. Seventy-four site visitors completed the survey with the vast majority being male. Respondents live in a wide smattering of zip codes with Reston and Herndon appearing to be the best represented. Employment zip codes ranged even more widely. All are registered voters.

Most riders chose recreation and health as reasons for biking with commuting coming in third. While respondents could select multiple answers, 70% cited commuting as an important rationale. Most respondents ride several times per week. About half the respondents ride to work at least once a week or more. Approximately 50% of respondents who ride to work average about 10 miles each way.

Fitness and safety were the top considerations in deciding to bike commute. For non-bike-riders weather was the overwhelming reason they chose not to bike-commute. People biked most often on secondary roads followed by bike paths. A small percentage of bike commuters combine their bike commute with some other form of transportation such as Metro. Most occasionally ride in the dark.

Poor road conditions lead the list of regularly encountered problems followed by drivers not sharing the road. Nearly 90% of respondents said that bike lanes or wider lanes or paved shoulders were very important needed improvements. A distant second in importance was driver courtesy or driver awareness.

Many respondents suggested specific stretches that could be improved for cyclists. Perhaps most striking was that many of the named roads were major thoroughfares, not just side-streets or connecting roads. It appears these riders believe they should be part of mainstream traffic.

And finally, FABB priorities should be on-road facilities followed by education, bike path improvements, and driver education.


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