Implementation of the Bicycle Master Plan
Work with the County to implement the Bicycle Master Plan that was adopted in 2014. The plan includes recommendations for future bicycle facilities, including on- and off-road routes, support infrastructure such as parking and storage, bikes on transit, and at-work facilities such as showers and changing rooms. The plan also includes recommendations for encouraging more people to ride, for providing bicycle safety education to bicyclists and motorists, and establishment of Bike Fairfax to help implement the encouragement and education recommendations.
With the success of Capitol Bikeshare, many community leaders are investigating the feasibility of implementing bike sharing. Reston, Tysons, Huntington, and other mixed-use communities near transit with relatively high population and commercial density are possible candidates. Bike sharing can grow the numbers of people who travel by bike and who want to make their communities more bike-friendly.
Prioritized list of bicycle projects
Develop a frequently updated list of the highest priority projects in the County. The list will be developed by a FABB subcommittee based on the Fairfax County Bicycle Map. The current working list of Top 14 projects.
Safe Routes to School
Work with Fairfax County Public Schools to support all aspects of the Safe Routes to School program:
- Encouragement: Hold Walk and Bike to School Day events, provide information to parents about the benefits of walking and biking to school and about the costs of using Kiss & Ride facilities. Form after school bike clubs.
- Education: Implement the bike safety curriculum in all designated grades, especially the Grade 5 sessions. Provide bike safety literature to all grades.
- Engineering: Encourage students to identify obstacles to being able to safely walk and bike to school. Apply for Safe Routes to School funding to improve bike and walk conditions around schools.
- Enforcement: Work with Fairfax Co Police to enforce speed limits and right turns on red around schools.
- Evaluation: Count the number of kids walking and biking to school and track the increase or decrease over time. Compare those numbers with parents using Kiss & Ride facilities.
Support the adoption of bicycle parking standards and requirements by Fairfax County government. It would include the development and maintenance of a prioritized list of needed locations for bicycle parking.
Cross county bike routes
Identification and mapping of a network of cross county bike routes, both on- and off-road. Pursue funding sources for completing the network and for route signage.
Bicycle Safety and Police Outreach
Meet with Fairfax County, Vienna, and Herndon police to discuss bicycle safety topics. The following is a list of possible subjects:
- What kind of training do police officers have in bicycle safety and laws protecting cyclists?
- What kind of reporting is required for crashes involving cyclists?
- What kinds of statistics are available for crashes involving cyclists?
- What statistics are there for traffic citations involving cyclists alone AND cyclists and automobiles/trucks etc. add cyclists and pedestrians.
- Would the department help us in drafting a list of the top 25 sections of road that are of greatest concern to the cycling community?
- What else can FABB and the cycling community do to help the police make roads safer?
- How many bicycle police are there? How often do they patrol? Where are they located?
Data Collection and Analysis
Research current sources of data on bicycle use in the county. Review sources and publish summary. Identify priority data collection needs. Examples include:
- Bicycle routes (miles)
- Trails & paths (miles)
- Bicycle ownership
- Bicycle Trips (+ breakdown %)
- Trip lengths
- Bicycle commuting data
- Bicycle accident data (fatalities+injuries)
- Potential bike ownership + trips
- Safe routes to schools programs
- Demographic profile (gender, age profile, etc)
- Employment & commuting data
- Car ownership
- Bus data & passenger data
- Pedestrian data
- Car/bus/rail mode share & trips
- Commuting data
- Miles of paved road (state and county, different classifications)
- Air quality data for county/region
VDOT Bicycle Advisory Committee
Work with Fairfax County and other jurisdictions in the Northern Virginia VDOT District to establish a bicycle advisory committee that meets on a regular basis with VDOT to provide feedback on the bicycle component of transportation projects. While the District bicycle/pedestrian coordinator would participate, staff in VDOT engineering would be the primary contact.