Friday, February 26, 2010
 

Loudoun Co to study better bike access at Dulles Town Center

According to the article There is Really No Safe Way to Get There: Study Would Look at Improving Access to Dulles Town Center for Bikers, Walkers, Loudoun County will study "pedestrian and bicyclist needs along the Atlantic Boulevard corridor in Sterling." The study was approved by the Board of Supervisors based on a motion by Supervisor Andrea McGimsey (D-Potomac) that we mentioned earlier.
In her proposal, McGimsey is calling on county planners, business owners, landowners and citizens to take part in making the town center a "multi=modal" destination. That is, increase its accessibility options to other than just roads. More sidewalks, crosswalks and walking and biking trails are initial suggestions made in McGimsey's proposal as is the addition of bike lanes to some of the roads found in the corridor.

The county's broken network of trails and sidewalks has long been a sore spot for Loudoun's walkers and peddlers [sic]. In 2003, a county bicycle and pedestrian mobility master plan concluded that only 14 percent of Loudoun's nearly 850 miles of roadways had sidewalks. Of the 70 miles of pathways in Loudoun that are dedicated for non-motorized use, only 12 miles were said to be wide enough for cyclists and pedestrians.
BikeLoudoun's Pat Turner is quoted in the article.

By the way, we pedal our bikes, we don't peddle them.

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Friday, October 30, 2009
 

Bicycling Advocate's Engineering Workshop

Fionnuala Quinn of FABB will conduct a workshop, sponsored by Bike Loudoun, designed to assist those who would like to play a constructive role, and make suggestions for change during the design of new road facilities in Virginia. Learn how to engage with the public hearing process and make the type of comments that can bring change. The workshop is on Thursday, Nov. 5 from 6-8:30pm at the Cascades Library Sterling, 21030 Whitfield Place, Sterling (map). Contact Pat Turner or Maria Nicklin of Bike Loudoun for more information. Workshop flier.

The workshop is an outgrowth of a grant received by FABB from the Alliance for Biking and Walking to develop a handbook to help bicycling advocates understand how to best influence and play a constructive role during the design of new facilities. The handbook is scheduled to be published early next year.

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