November 2007 FABB NEWS
A periodic publication of Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling
BIKE-FRIENDLY STRINGFELLOW ROAD DESIGN APPROVED
On October 15, 2007, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve the Virginia Department of Transportation's plans to widen Stringfellow Road from two to four lanes between Fair Lakes Boulevard and Route 50. The new design will include two 12-foot inside travel lanes and two 14-foot wide curb lanes for on-road bicycle accommodations, with curb and gutter, a raised median, a 6-foot sidewalk on the west side, and a 10-foot shared use path on the east side. FABB worked with VDOT to develop this road plan that allows cyclists to ride safely on-road. This is an important victory for cycling in Fairfax. Thanks to all cyclists who contacted the Board of Supervisors; you made the difference.
You can also make the difference as we face the next big challenge: ensuring that bicycle facilities are part of the I-495 HOT lanes project.
BIKE FACILITIES NEEDED ON HOT LANES BRIDGES
The Washington Post recently published an article by FABB Chairman Bruce Wright on the need for bicycle facilities on the bridges over the Beltway that will be renovated as part of the HOT lanes project, With HOT Lanes Must Come Bike Lanes.
“This project is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to overcome the barrier to bicycle travel in Northern Virginia that I-495 turned out to be. Since 1964, when the Beltway was opened to the public, the river of automobiles flowing along it has been crossed by bridges designed almost exclusively for motor vehicles, severely limiting bicycle travel in an area that has become more densely populated and in need of better connections for non-motorized transportation. We don't want to make the same mistake twice.”
As we get more information about the project we will let you know how you can help to make the project more bicycle-friendly.
CANDIDATE SURVEY RELEASED BY FABB
FABB recently sent a questionnaire to all candidates for Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Fifteen of 21 candidates responded, and most expressed qualified or strong support for making bike lanes and wider shoulders part of the transportation infrastructure in Fairfax County.
The focus of the survey was to gauge each candidate's commitment to the use of bicycles as a viable transportation alternative. An increasing number of cities and communities across the U.S. are finding that, given safe conditions and convenience, more commuters will choose biking as a transportation option.
We are very encouraged by the candidate responses. There was overwhelming support among the candidates for explicit funding for on-road bike facilities, such as bike lanes and paved shoulders, and for Fairfax County becoming a Bicycle-Friendly Community.
View the results of the questionnaire.
BIKE RACKS INSTALLED ON FAIRFAX CONNECTOR BUSES
Also on October 15, 2007, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors celebrated the installation of bike racks on all 300 Fairfax Connector buses. Thanks to Fairfax County Bicycle Program Coordinator Charlie Strunk and Kris Miller of the county transit division for their hard work on this effort. They worked with Connector staff and others to find the funding and overcome many obstacles to make this happen.
FAIRFAX DEVELOPS BIKE MAP PROTOTYPE
Charlie Strunk delivered a prototype of the county bike map to Chairman Connolly during the October 15, 2007 board meeting. This will be the first comprehensive map of existing bike routes in the county. The county secured funding for the map last year and signed a contract with a private firm to produce the final map by Bike to Work Day 2008. FABB members serve on the bike map advisory committee that was recently formed. Public meetings will be held in the near future to solicit feedback from cyclists on proposed routes to be included in the map. Times and locations will be announced on the FABB website, www.fabb-bikes.org.
TRANSPORTATION BOND BEFORE VOTERS IN NOVEMBER
Fairfax County residents will vote on a bond referendum that would allow the county to borrow up to $110 million for transportation projects. There are several bike projects included in the bond, including on-road bike lanes on Gallows Road and multi-use trails on several others.
Charlie Strunk put together a list of improvements in the bond that will enhance bicycling in Fairfax County.
Find out more about all of the projects being funded by the bond.
FABB PUBLIC MEETING HELD IN SEPTEMBER
FABB held its first public meeting on Tuesday, September 18, 2007 in Vienna. This was the first FABB orientation meeting for newcomers, and 12 new people attended. Chairman Bruce Wright gave an overview of FABB's background, goals, and achievements. Charlie Strunk gave an overview of work being done by the county, including an update on the bike map project. We had a lively discussion about concerns that cyclists have, including a discussion of the possibility of plowing snow on the W&OD Trail. We will be discussing this and other topics brought up during the public meeting at our regular monthly meetings at bikes@vienna. See our events page for more information: http://www.fabb-bikes.org/events.html.
NEXT MEETING IS NOVEMBER 19
FABB's next meeting is Monday, November 19, 2007, 7:30 pm at bikes@vienna. If you plan to attend, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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