Fairfax Bike Summit
Pedaling our way to a healthier and happier community
The inaugural Fairfax Bike Summit was held on Saturday, October 27 at George Mason University (GMU) from 9AM - 2PM. The summit brought together bicyclists, bicycle organizations, bike shops, and transportation professionals to discuss:
- Turning Fairfax into an even better place to live by making bicycling a major part of the transportation system
- Details about the recently-completed bicycle master plan draft that serves as our roadmap for making our streets safer for bicyclists (adding bike lanes, cycle tracks, signed bicycle routes, and connecting trails and streets that lead to major destinations)
- How other communities are being transformed from auto-centric places to more people-oriented places
- Bicycling as an alternative transportation option that provides opportunities to grow Fairfax County into a more competitive, liveable, connected, and vibrant community
Following are links to the presentations given at the Summit. Most of the presentations are very graphic and notes are not included. We hope to have video of some of the presentations in the near future.
- Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, Hunter Mill District - Welcome
- Josh Cantor, Director of Parking and Transportation, George Mason University - Welcome
- Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists and a Fairfax County resident - Making Fairfax County Bicycle-Friendly
- Tom Biesiadny, Director of the Fairfax County Department of Transportation - Fairfax County Bicycle Program
- Aaron Georgelas, Partner, Georgelas Group - Remaking Tysons
- Randy Dittberner, Traffic engineer, VDOT - Better Roads
- Christine Green, National Safe Routes to School Partnership - Safe Routes to School
- Chris Eatough, BikeArlington, six time endurance cycling world champion - BikeArlington
- Fionnuala Quinn, Civil engineer, FABB vice chair - Who cycles? Growing Cycling Participation
- Charlie Denney, Alta Planning+Design - Bikesharing for Fairfax
- Anne Mader, Co-owner, The Bike Lane - Sports & Recreational Biking
- Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth - Future Challenge
See the Ideas for Moving Forward submitted during the summit.
The Summit was sponsored by Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling, George Mason University, and Fairfax County. Thanks to Mason for being such excellent hosts, providing an ideal facility, food and drinks for cyclists, and leading a tour of their Bicycle Friendly campus.
Thanks also to all the exhibitors who attended: A-1 Cycling, Bikenetic, bikes@vienna, Bikes for the World, FABB, Fairfax County Dept. of Transportation, Lose the Training Wheels, MORE, Reston Pedestrian & Bicycling Committee, REI, Spokes, Etc, The Bike Lane, Tour de Cure.