NOVEMBER 2008 FABB NewsA periodic publication of Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling
TELEGRAPH ROAD CITIZENS INFORMATION MEETING
Bike lanes are included in the proposed design for the widening of Telegraph Road between South Kings Highway and Beulah St. The plan is to widen the road from 2 lanes to 4, with 4 foot striped bike lanes. See the VDOT Telegraph Rd website for more project details.
A Citizens Information Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 30 between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. A brief presentation will be given at 6:15 p.m., followed by a question and answer period. The meeting will be held at the Hayfield Secondary School, Lecture Hall 1604, located at 7630 Telegraph Road in Alexandria, Virginia. Some private property will be needed for the project, so local homeowners are likely to argue against the bike lanes. Cyclists should attend the meeting and speak out for bike lanes on the road. You can also email VDOT to voice your support at Bud.Siegel@VDOT.Virginia.gov
SPRINGFIELD MALL REDEVELOPMENT PUBLIC HEARINGS
A major redevelopment of Springfield Mall is planned. While it has a great potential for bicycling, this area is not currently bike-friendly. The shopping mall, Franconia-Springfield Metro station, and surrounding neighborhoods should all be accessible by bicycle. Now is the time for Fairfax County, VDOT, and developers to integrate bicycle facilities in all future development of the Springfield area. For more information see the Mall redevelopment plans.
The Planning Commission public hearing for this case will be held on Thursday, October 30, 2008, at 8:15 p.m. Cyclists are encouraged to attend the public hearing and speak up for bike lanes, long and short term bike parking for residential and commercial users, and changing and shower facilities for bicyclists. You can also send comments to email@example.com.
The Board of Supervisors public hearing is scheduled for Monday, November 17, 2008 at 5:00 p.m. See the County staff report on the planned development.
HERNDON FORMS BIKE COMMITTEE
As a result of the outcry from cyclists opposed to the proposal to confiscate bicycles locked in the public right of way, the Herndon Town Council recently "adopted the mission, objectives and purpose for the Town's Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee. The committee will provide advice to the Town Council on matters relating to pedestrian and bicycle matters through the promotion of safe walking and bicycling as a viable means of transportation and physical activity." If you are interested in serving on this committee, please complete a "talent bank application" and return it to the clerk's office for consideration for appointment by the Council.
For more information, contact the clerk's office at firstname.lastname@example.org, 703-435-6804.
BICYCLE COMMUTER ACT PASSES AS PART OF BAILOUT BILL
As many of you have probably heard, the Bicycle Commuter Act was included in the recently passed Wall Street bailout bill. If your employer sets up a process to administer the benefit, you will be able to deduct $20/month for expenses related to bike commuting such as: "bicycle and bicycle improvements, repair, and storage, if such bicycle is regularly used for travel between the employee's residence and place of employment." The League of American Bicyclists has published Frequently Asked Questions with information on how the benefit likely will be administered.
EISENHOWER CONNECTOR TO BE CLOSED INTO NOVEMBER
Due to unexpected construction delays, the closure of the bicycle connection between Fairfax County and Alexandria at Cleremont Dr and the Eisenhower Connector will be extended to November 11, from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. VDOT has not provided a detour.
TYSONS AREA BICYCLE IMPROVEMENTS
Many cyclists who live and work in Tysons use Old Courthouse Road to travel between the Vienna area and Tysons. One section of Old Courthouse Rd. leading to Tysons is very wide with a 25 mph speed limit. Motorists often speed through this section, and VDOT and the County have received many complaints from residents. At a recent meeting sponsored by Supervisor Hudgins, VDOT discussed possible traffic calming options for the road, including striped bike lanes.
We strongly support the proposed bike lanes. However, they do not solve the real problem for cyclists in this area, which is a narrow, hilly section of Old Courthouse just to the east that leads to Gosnell Rd. FABB has asked that this narrow section be included in the project. Given the current budget situation, it is not likely that this section will be added.
On a more positive note, on the eastern end of Tysons, Fairfax County is building a bridge to connect two sections of Wolf Trap Rd. Cyclists will be able to ride between Gallows Rd. and Rt 123 using the bridge.
FINAL TYSON PLAN TO BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
The Tysons Task Force final report on redevelopment of Tysons around future Metro stations was presented to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Sept. 22. The plan contains many references to the need for making Tysons more bicycle-friendly. However, the report contains few specific guidelines. According to the report:
"Create extensive bicycle lanes and facilities: Residents and workers will be able to travel by bicycle on dedicated on-road facilities, making use of bike racks, bike lockers and other facilities at residential, retail, and commercial areas."
The next step in the process is to develop specific language for modifying the Comprehensive Plan. Public hearings before the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors will be held on the plan recommendations and when those dates are announced we will get the word out. A detailed bicycle master plan for on- and off-road bicycle routes, bicycle parking, and bicycle facilities in all new developments in Fairfax County is needed. FABB will continue to work with the Task Force and the County to develop such a plan. For more information on the report visit visit the Tysons Task Force website.
For other news and articles of interest, visit the FABB blog.
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