JULY-AUGUST 2009 FABB News
A periodic publication of Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling
FABB receives grant from Alliance for Biking and Walking
FABB recently received a grant of $9,600 from Alliance for Biking and Walking. FABB will develop an easy-to-follow handbook for non-engineer bicycle advocates to help them identify issues, make informed comments, and play a constructive role during the design of new bicycle facilities. The handbook will be completed by June 2010.
The grant was one of seven awarded to grassroots biking and walking advocacy organizations by the Alliance: "These grants are a key part of the Advocacy Advance Partnership with the League of American Bicyclists. Launched this year, the grants are made possible with generous funding by SRAM, Planet Bike, Bikes Belong, and Cannondale. Nearly 100 proposals totaling over $2 million were received in this first round."
Eisenhower Avenue Connector closed from July 6 through September
As part of the deck replacement work on the I-495 Beltway, the bicycle connection from Clermont Dr to Eisenhower Avenue will be closed to cyclists from July 6 to some time in September. This is an important route for cyclists that connects Fairfax County south of the Beltway to Alexandria. There will be no detours for cyclists. Read the Eisenhower Avenue Connector closure press release.
"Signs will be posted alerting motorists that Exit 174 is closed and to follow detours via Van Dorn Street or Telegraph Road to access Eisenhower Avenue from the Outer Loop. Additional signs will alert bicyclists and pedestrians that the Connector is closed to them and that they should use alternative routes. South Van Dorn Street is a possible alternative."
Fairfax County has posted information about the closure with suggested alternative routes shown on the county bike map.
Lawyers Road bike lanes scheduled for August
The VDOT project to reduce the travel lanes on Lawyers Road from 4 to 3 lanes with 5-foot bike lanes and a center turn lane between Fox Mill Rd and Myrtle Lane, about 2 miles in length, is scheduled for completion in August. The route is used by bike commuters and recreational cyclists who travel in that area.
The Reston Association Board recently recommended approval of the restriping plan. FABB and other cyclists testified in favor of the plan at the meeting. Thanks to other cyclists who contacted VDOT, the Reston Association Board, and Supervisor Hudgins.
Gallows Road bike lanes coming soon
VDOT plans to repave a section of Gallows Road from the Dunn Loring Metro station north to Idylwood Road this month. This is the first phase of the project which includes bike lanes from just north of the I-66 bridge to the W&OD Trail. There will be a short section of wide curb lanes between the W&OD Trail and Idylwood.
The second phase will include bike lanes and wide curb lanes from Idylwood to Old Courthouse. This phase involves more extensive median and pavement work and will not happen until 2010.
FABB meets with Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova
Members of FABB met with Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova to discuss how to make Fairfax more bike-friendly. The primary purpose of the meeting was to discuss the need for a bicycle master plan for the County. The current Trails Plan contains guidance for major paved trails and some on-road bike routes. However, the Trails Plan has not been revised for many years and the on-road routes do not align with those from the Bicycle Map. A true bicycle plan contains much more than the Trails Plan: a prioritized list of roadway improvements, plans and guidelines for parking and other bicycle infrastructure, preferred bicycle facility guidance, and strategies for implementation.
Over the next several months we plan to meet with other Board members and County staff to discuss options for funding a bicycle master plan.
Dranesville pedestrian task force public meeting
The Dranesville Pedestrian Task Force will hold a public meeting at the McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue on Tuesday July 14th at 7 p.m. Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust appointed the Task Force in the late summer of 2008 to study bicycle and pedestrian access in the McLean downtown area. The Task Force will present its preliminary findings, answer questions and listen to discussion and concerns from those attending the meeting.
Hear about plans for improving conditions for cyclists in the downtown area of McLean, including bicycle access to and from downtown McLean and proposals for paving the shoulders of 123 from the GW Parkway into McLean and Tysons.
Bike valet parking at the Reston Festival
FABB, The Bike Lane, bikes@vienna, and others will be providing free bike valet parking at the Reston Festival held at the Reston Town Center on the weekend of July 11 & 12. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The parking will be located next to The Bike Lane in a vacant office building, protected from the weather. Why not avoid parking hassles, leave the car at home, and ride to the Festival.
Upcoming eventsJuly 6 through September - Eisenhower Ave/Clermont Dr connector trail closed. July 11&12, Saturday & Sunday - Free bike valet parking at the Reston Festival: www.restonfestival.com. July 14, Tuesday - Dranesville Pedestrian Task Force Public Meeting August 23, Sunday - Reston Bike Club Century, Reston Town Center Pavilion, Reston, VA. See the Reston Bike Club website for details.
For other news and articles of interest, visit the FABB blog.
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