January 2008 FABB News

A periodic publication of Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling


FAIRFAX COUNTY BIKE MAP MEETINGS

Fairfax County will hold two public meetings to solicit input on a bicycle map of the county currently being compiled. This is a good opportunity for cyclists to review and comment on the proposed routes. There will be two meetings, a south county meeting on January 29 and a north county meeting on January 30 (see below for details). To see the on-road network (Scroll down to see section maps. Large file, 8MB).

Many major roads such as Route 7, Route 50, Route 123 were included by the contractor in order to rate them but they will likely not be included in the final map. Paved off road routes are being evaluated and include the W&OD Trail, the Fairfax Co Parkway Trail and other major paved trails or connecting trails. A map of those routes will be shown at the meeting. Below is from the County press release:

PUBLIC FORUMS TO DISCUSS THE FAIRFAX COUNTY BICYCLE SUITABILITY MAP

Fairfax County Department of Transportation is currently developing a county-wide on-road bicycle route (suitability) map that will help bicyclists navigate Fairfax County.  The County has contracted with the consulting firms: Cambridge Systematics and Toole Design Group to complete this work effort.

Toole Design Group and Cambridge Systematics are currently conducting a survey of over 1,000 miles of County roads to determine their suitability for bicycling. Once this data is analyzed, the results will be incorporated into the bicycle network map of the County.

The purpose of this meeting is to provide an overview of the project and receive your input on types of information you would like to see on this map.  Your contributions will ensure that this map is a valuable resource for all cyclists in Fairfax County.

We hope you can join us at one of the following sessions:

SOUTH COUNTY MEETING
January 29, 2008 (Tuesday)
7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Franconia Governmental Center
6121 Franconia Road
Alexandria, VA 22310
(the Governmental Center is located on Franconia Road approximately 600 feet west of Beulah Street)

NORTH COUNTY MEETING
January 30, 2008 (Wednesday)
8:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Vienna Community Center
120 Cherry Street SE
Vienna VA. 22180
(The Community Center is located on the W&OD Trail)


BIKE FRIENDLY BILLS PROPOSED IN VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE

VDOT District ped/bike advisory committees

Delegate Adam Ebbin (D) representing House District 49 introduced HB 855 "Pedestrian and bicycle advisory committees, regional; VDOT to establish." The only VDOT district that currently has a bicycle advisory committee is the Hampton Roads District. The statewide bicycle advisory committee, a voluntary committee established in 1989, has not met since 2002. Del. Ebbin's bill would establish a bicycle and pedestrian advisory committee in each district, with a representative from each district appointed to the statewide ped/bike advisory committee.

Cyclists are encouraged to contact their state delegates and urge them to support this bill. If you do not know who represents you, visit the Who's My Legislator site.

Stop for pedestrians (and cyclists) in crosswalks

Delegate Ebbin also introduced a bill, HB 1270, to require motorists to stop for pedestrians and bicyclists in crosswalks. Currently motorists are only required to yield at crosswalks, and the wording of the existing statute is very vague. Similar bills have been introduced in the past and have failed. This year VDOT and several local jurisdictions met to develop refined language for the proposed bill that addresses some of the earlier concerns. A similar bill was introduced in the Senate, SB 644.

FABB strongly supports these proposed bills and urges cyclists to contact their delegates and senators to ask for their support.

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Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling is a grassroots initiative, affiliated with the Washington Area Bicyclist Association, aiming to make bicycling an integral part of Fairfax County's transportation network. Visit us on the web at www.fabb-bikes.org. FABB News provides periodic updates on Fairfax County bicycling issues, along with occasional updates and action alerts on breaking news. We encourage all FABB supporters to join WABA at www.waba.org. If you would like to unsubscribe to the newsletter, send a message to .

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