MARCH- APRIL 2011 FABB NEWSA periodic publication of Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling
TYSONS BICYCLE MASTER PLAN PRESENTED TO PUBLIC - The final draft of the Tysons Bicycle Plan was presented to the public on February 17. The draft is available on the county website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/bike/county_bike_master_plan.htm. The next step is for the contractor to incorporate comments from the public meeting into the draft and present it at public hearings before the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. Once adopted by those bodies it will become part of the county comprehensive plan. Once those hearing dates are determined we will post info on the FABB website.
COUNTYWIDE BICYCLE MASTER PLAN - With completion of the Tysons bicycle master plan, the county will now embark on a bicycle plan for the entire county. This will be a 1-2 year process. It is important that area cyclists let the county know about the range of needs for better bike facilities. The plan will not only address the need for a complete on- and off-road bicycle network, features as bike lanes, signed bike routes, paved trails, but it will also include programs for encouraging more people to travel by bike, suggestions for improving bicycle education, parking, and enforcement. Check the FABB our county websites for updates on the bicycle plan process. Please plan on getting involved in this very important project and encourage others to join in also.
SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL - FABB was part of a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) presentation to the Board of Supervisors Transportation Commission in January. The Board is supportive of the program and wants county staff to figure out the best way to coordinate SRTS grants throughout the county. Over the coming months FABB will be meeting with the Transportation Advisory Committee, the Fairfax County Council of PTAs, school board members and others to build support for this program. If you would like to join the Fairfax SRTS email list send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org. See the Fairfax SRTS Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=189781891041323#!/pages/Safe-Routes-to-School-SRTS-Fairfax-County-VA/157070911007936
THREE FOOT PASSING BILL FAILS (AGAIN) IN VIRGINIA - For the second year in a row Virginia legislators failed to pass a bill to require motorists to allow three feet when passing a bicyclist. Current law requires two feet. Once again some legislators stated that because some cyclists do not always obey the law, Virginia cyclists in general do not deserve special legislation. I guess this does not apply to motorists, most of whom do not obey the law every time they get behind the wheel (most barely hesitate when turning right on red). The bill will likely be presented again next year. See a video of one of the committee meetings in which the bill was discussed: http://www.bikecharlottesville.org/?p=409
SUPERVISOR HERRITY WANTS TO ELIMINATE BIKE COORDINATOR POSITION - Supervisor Herrity does not think the county needs a bicycle coordinator. Without a bike coordinator we would not have a bicycle map, bike racks on Fairfax Connector buses, new bike racks in many locations in the county, the Tysons bicycle master plan or the planned countywide bicycle master plan. According to Herrity, ""I think there are still areas that we can become more efficient," Herrity said. For example, he said the county should eliminate what he called "political statement positions," such as the bicycle coordinator." What do you think? If you think the county should have a bike coordinator, send a message to Supervisor Herrity at email@example.com. See the FABB blog for our letter to him: http://fabb-bikes.blogspot.com/2011/02/herrity-says-bike-coordinator-job-is.html
Burke Centre Parkway Task Force - At the behest of Burke Walks and the Burke Centre Conservancy, Supervisor Cook has established a task force to discuss what can be done to make the Burke Centry Parkway corridor safer for all residents, including cyclists. The first meeting was held on February 28. For more information contact Supervisor Cooks office at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also see the Burke Walks Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=189781891041323#!/group.php?gid=252512408892
- March 7 - European bike facilities documentary - The Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee presents a short documentary on European bicycle facilities, featuring bicycle and pedestrian safety, mobility and infrastructure. Arlington Central Library at 6:30pm.
- March 8-10 - National Bike Summit - FABB will attend the League of American Bicyclists National Bike Summit next week. We are pleased to announce that the Reston Bike Club is sponsoring attendance for one FABB representative.
- March 15 - Transportation Advisory Commission meeting - FABB and others will discuss the Safe Routes to School program. Meeting starts at 7:30pm, Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Room 8.
- March 16 - FABB monthly meeting - The next regular monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 16, at 7:30 p.m. at Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Avenue East Vienna, VA near the W&OD Trail.
- March 16 - Franconia Road public meeting - Supervisor McKay, Delegate Sickles and Senator Barker will convene a meeting for VDOT personnel to present the results of their Franconia Road/Cannon Lane study to the community. The meeting will take place at 7:30 PM in the cafeteria at the Clermont Elementary School. This is the location where Rebecca Johns was killed last year while riding her bicycle.
- March 21 - Bike Commuting Seminar at Navy Federal Credit Union - FABB will be presenting a one hour seminar on bike commuting starting at noon. The class covers bike gear, clothing, bike routes, and riding techinques. Made possible a grant from the Transurban-Fluor Capital Beltway Community Grant Program. Class is open to Navy Federal Credit Union employees
- April 7 - Keep Tysons Moving - We will attend this event to discuss bike commuting in the Tysons area, from 7:30-9am at the Capital One Building in Tysons.
- April 13 - Bike Commuting Seminar at AOL - In preparation for Bike to Work Day we will present a one hour bike commuting seminar on the AOL campus in Loudoun County.
- April 21 - Vienna Green Expo - Learn about the many options for using less energy, including using your bike for transportation. We will be there with bike maps and route information for area cyclists.
- April 30, Saturday - Cyclefest 2011 and Pauls Ride - Join The Bike Lane for a day to celebrate cycling that includes Pauls Ride for Life, bike demos, BMX stunt shows, childrens safety bike rodeo, local cycling clubs, fashion show and more. Reston Town Center Pavilion. See thebikelane.com for more info.
For more details on above events, see the FABB Events page.
Also check out the WABA events page.
For other news and articles of interest, visit the FABB blog.
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.