January 2008 FABB News

A periodic publication of Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling

ROLLING ROAD WIDENING PROJECT

VDOT plans to widen Rolling Road between Old Keene Mill Rd and just north of the Fairfax County Parkway. The project was approved many years ago but was never built. Now that funding is available, the project is being reactivated. See the VDOT Rolling Road Project web page for additional information.

Rolling Road is an important north/south connecting route for bicyclists. It's critical that adequate on-road bike facilities be part of the project. FABB recently met with VDOT staff to discuss possible options for cyclists, including wide curb lanes. Cyclists are encouraged to contact the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and ask that on-road bicycle facilities be part of the VDOT plan. Cyclists should also plan to comment at the public hearing, planned for June 12, 2008.


UPDATE ON BIKE FACILITIES IN TYSONS PLAN

The plans for the future growth of Tysons were unveiled before the public at three public meetings held the last week in February. Two alternatives were presented, one that emphasized increased funding for road improvements, and the other with an emphasis on transit and pedestrian and bicycle improvements. The only way that more growth in Tysons will work is by making it a livable place, with Complete Streets that allow bicyclists and pedestrians to safely get around. Participants at the workshops strongly supported a plan that supports better bicycle and pedestrian facilities in Tysons.


FAIRFAX COUNTY BIKE MAP

With input received from the two public meetings that were held in January, Fairfax County and Toole Design Group are finalizing the content and design of the Fairfax County Bike Map. Approximately 60 cyclists attended the two meetings and spent time making suggested changes to the proposed route network. FABB met with county staff and the contractors to review and interpret the suggestions.

The initial map design consisted of two map sections, north and south, with maps on the front and back of each section. The latest design attempts to include the entire county on a single sheet, with the north half on one side and the south on the other. A detailed prototype is being developed for evaluation. The final, printed map is expected in time for Bike to Work Day on May 16, 2008.


BIKE FRIENDLY BILLS DEFEATED IN VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE

The proposal by Delegate Adam Ebbin (D) to create ped/bike advisory committees in each VDOT district did not make it out of committee in the House. The bills to require motorists to stop for pedestrians and cyclists in crosswalks, HB 1270 proposed by Del. Ebbin, and the identical bill in the Senate, SB 644 introduced by Senator Patricia Ticer (D), were both defeated in the House. HB 1270 was defeated by the full House by one vote, 47-48.

The Senate bill had passed the Senate 22-16 but when it was sent to the House it was defeated by the same committee that had earlier reported out the identical House bill. See the Virginia Bicycling Federation site for more details. Thanks to Bud Vye of VBF for his hard work attending committee hearings and tracking the progress of the bills, and to BikeWalk Virginia for generating support for the bills. Each year more progress is made on passage of this needed legislation.


BICYCLING FOR A COOL COUNTY

Fairfax County has committed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 80 percent below current levels by 2050. FABB is represented on the Cool County Workgroup and the Cool Hunter Mill District Committee. These groups were formed to recommend ways the county can reduce greenhouse gas emissions. One of the most effective measures is to ride a bike. Single-passenger vehicle trips are a major contributor to carbon emissions and they comprise nearly 80% of all trips to work.

Bicycling is by far the most efficient form of transportation. In the U.S., 40 percent of all trips are two miles in length or shorter and more than 25 percent of all trips are less than one mile. These short car trips are the most inefficient, causing excessive greenhouse gas emissions. Bicycling is one solution to the problem. See the Cool Counties website.


UPCOMING EVENTS

March 19, 2008, Wednesday - FABB MONTHLY MEETING

Monthly meeting of FABB members at 7:30 p.m. at bikes@vienna. All are welcome. If you plan to attend, please contact Bruce Wright at 703-328-9619 or email info@fabb-bikes.org.

March 17-21, 2008, Mon-Fri - LOSE THE TRAINING WHEELS

Lose the Training Wheels is a program where children with disabilities learn to ride a bicycle without training wheels. The training will be held during spring break, March 17-21 2008, and for three weeks in the summer. For more information see the Lose the Training Wheels web site.

April 6, 2008, Sunday - CYCLEFEST AT WAKEFIELD PARK

Sponsored by The Bike Lane, Cyclefest 2008 is a day completely dedicated to the sport of cycling. You will be able to demo the latest Trek, Lemond, Gary Fisher mountain and road bikes. Attend seminars including yoga for cyclists, core training for the cyclist, commuting basics, adventure racing 101, road and mountain bike clinics, bike fit and maintenance sessions, bike travel trips, and much more. For more information see The Bike Lane website.

April 22, 2008, Tuesday - BIKE TO MASON DAY

George Mason University students are on Spring Break during Bike to Work Day, so they are holding a special Bike to Mason Day on Earth Day, April 22. See the GMU Bike to Mason Day web page.

May 16, 2008, Friday - BIKE TO WORK DAY

Join thousands of bicyclists around the Washington Metro area for a celebration of bike commuting during Bike Month. There will be 12 events in Northern Virginia, 6 of which are in Fairfax County. T-shirts, food, drinks, raffle prizes and bicycle literature will be available to everyone who registers at waba.org and attends the event.

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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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