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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