Goals

Bicycle Master Plan

Work with the County to produce a comprehensive bicycle plan. It will include a plan 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. Could include more detailed area plans for areas such as Tysons Corner, Merrifield, Springfield Mall area. Why Fairfax Needs a Bicycle Master Plan

Fairfax Bike Summit

Hold the second Fairfax Bike Summit. FABB is working on developing the theme which will be related to the importance of biking in mixed-use, transit-oriented developments. This is an opportunity to foster greater communication about making Fairfax a more bike-friendly place.

Bike Sharing

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 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:

Bicycle parking

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:

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:

General demographic and transportation data about the county (over time preferably) would also be useful to set the larger context:

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.

Contact FABB via email: info@fabb-bikes.org

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Other Jurisdictions

Most other local jurisdictions have devoted resources to promoting bicycling as a form of transportation:

Arlington County has implemented most of these goals. David Goodman is the Bicycle Coordinator. Their bike plan is the Arlington County Bicycle Element (pdf)—of the Master Transportation Plan. The county publishes an excellent bike map. The most recent map was published in 2006. The county also has an extensive network of signed bike routes, including several miles of on-road bike lanes. “Bike Arlington is a County initiative with a goal of encouraging bicycling activity throughout the County for a healthy alternative to cars.”

The District of Columbia has a Bicycle Program, a bicycle program manager, a recently published bike map, and several miles of bike lanes and signed bike routes. Their DC Bicycle Master Planwas completed in 2005.

The City of Alexandria has a bicycle map and a number of on-road bike routes. Yon Lambert is the Bicycle Coordinator. Their bike plan, the Alexandria Pedestrian & Bicycle Mobility Plan, was completed in 2008.

Montgomery County has a Bikeway Program, a Bikeway Coordinator, 95 miles of bike facilities, and an online bikeways map.