Monday, October 16, 2017

Your Input Needed to Name Metro-area Trail Network

Hey, FABB members, as you may recall, FABB is now part of the Capital Trails Coalition, a collaboration of public and private organizations, agencies, and citizen volunteers working to create a world-class network of multi-use trails that are equitably distributed throughout the Washington D.C. metropolitan region. Such a network will transform public life by providing healthy, low-stress access to open space and reliable transportation for people of all ages and abilities.

The Coalition would like your feedback as it develops a unified identity for the existing and planned trail network in the Washington, DC region. The group has a few ideas that it would like to hear your thoughts on, and you'll have a chance to share your own at the end of this very quick survey (truly, it is very quick… two-minutes max).

Take the survey here.

The deadline for submissions is November 6, 2017, so please take the survey today.  We'll keep you posted as the process moves along.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Reminder: FABB Monthly Meeting This Week

New Pickett Road underpass in Fairfax City.
FABB will hold its October meeting in the City of Fairfax on Wednesday, October 18, from 7:00-8:30 pm (note the earlier start time). Our guest speaker will be Wendy Block Sanford, Fairfax City transportation director. The meeting will be held in the Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, in Fairfax. 

Pleas join us to discuss opportunities to improve bicycling in and around the City of Fairfax.

There is bike parking at Old Town Square behind the town hall. Automobile parking is available at nearby surface lots and at the parking deck on University Drive.

See you there.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Help Local Endurance Cyclist Reach his Goal for Cancer Kids!

FABB member Jenifer Joy Madden reports this great story about a local Fairfax County cyclist: 
It's not too late to contribute to the worthy cause of Reston entrepreneur/endurance cyclist Len Forkas. In July, Len completed the grueling 3,000-mile Race Across America. He was riding to raise $1 million for Hopecam, a service he started to keep kids with cancer connected with school and friends. 
Len successfully completed the cross-country race but is just shy of his audacious monetary goal. He rode 250 miles a day for 12 days through every kind of terrain and weather, from towering Rockies to teeming tropical storms. Because of the grueling nature, Outside Magazine has dubbed Race Across America “the toughest bike race in the world.” 
Whenever Len’s determination flagged, he says, he would think of the Hopecam kids’ everyday fight for life and peddle harder. Len started the non-profit after his own son won a battle with leukemia. 
Now that he’s safely back home, Len is taking stock of his harrowing journey. He says the heat that melted airplane tires on the tarmac at Phoenix Airport also melted him. He started to hallucinate that the roadside white stripe looked concave and that there was a 3-foot drop between the gravel and pavement. Pulling over in the middle of the night, his crew’s van accidently pinned his left foot. Luckily, he was standing on sand so his foot sunk in and wasn’t crushed, though it did quickly swell to twice its size. 
Len was 58 when he raced this summer. He competed in the oldest division and came in thirteenth overall. Only 15 of the 38 racers who started the race actually finished. 
Len also completed the race in 2012, the story of which he recalled at TEDxTysons the same day he flew to California to start the 2017 competition. At one point in the race five years ago, he was so exhausted he fell asleep in the saddle, waking up just before he hit a guardrail along a sheer cliff. I was at the TEDx event and had a chance to speak with Len after he got back this summer. When I asked what he did to avoid falling asleep this time, he said he DID fall asleep, but his crew woke him up by blasting the horn just before he drifted into oncoming car traffic. 

As for where Len trained for this year’s race, he says he avoided the W&OD Trail and trained only in the streets, hitting the road at 4 a.m. 
To help Len’s Hopecam cause, please donate here. You can also celebrate Len and his crew’s victory with them at the Tysons Silverline Center on October 19

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Monday, October 9, 2017

FABB Lee District Ride this Sunday Oct 15

Join FABB for the Lee District Ride on Sunday, October 15. We will explore new, existing, and some of the soon-to-be bicycle facilities in Lee District as well as see how to ride to the Springfield Metro and to-be-built Cinderbed Bikeway. See the ride route on Google Maps or Strava. (Final segment of route here, Strava doesn’t have current connection on maps)

The ride is a 13 mile loop that will showcase the Kingstowne Village Parkway road diet, new buffered bike lanes on Telegraph Road, and the just completed bike lanes on Rose Hill Drive. A comfortable 8 mph pace is planned, with water available at the several commercial areas along the route. The ride will take approximately 3 hours (there is a hill or two!) and we will have a snack pit stop along the way.

Parking and start/end point are at the Rose Hill Shopping Center, 6116 Rose Hill Dr, Alexandria, VA 22310. The ride departs at 9am.

All riders must wear a helmet. You will be asked to sign a liability waiver before the ride. Alexis Glenn is the ride leader.

Register on Eventbrite.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Community Feedback Sought on Prioritizing Transportation Funding

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) are seeking feedback from the community to help prioritize unfunded transportation projects in the county. The results of this outreach will assist the Board of Supervisors in selecting transportation priorities that can be implemented with existing revenue sources through Fiscal Year 2023, and with additional funding that may become available in the future.

The county has identified more than 100 unfunded capital and operating projects important for improving the efficiency and safety of the county's transportation network. These projects are in addition to the approximately 300 projects that are already funded and underway (in the amount of approximately $3 billion).

Some of the unfunded bicycle and pedestrian projects.
These unfunded projects would provide new capacity, and include interchange improvements, roadway extensions, spot improvements, roadway widening projects, transit, and pedestrian and bicycle improvements. With very limited amount of funding available for these proposed projects (approximately $100 million), the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors would like to know which of these projects are most important to you. Below are some resources on the proposed unfunded projects as well as projects already funded and currently underway:

FCDOT has scheduled a series of public meetings for the community to learn more about the projects proposed for funding. Each of the meetings will begin with an open house followed by a formal presentation and a Q&A session. There will be map display boards for residents to view of the unfunded projects as well as transportation projects currently underway. These meetings will be held at:
  • South County Government Center – 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria – Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, from 7-9 p.m.
  • North County Governmental Center – 1801 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston – Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, from 7-9 p.m.
  • Fairfax County Government Center – 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax – Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, from 7-9 p.m.
  • Thomas Jefferson Library – 7415 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church – Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, from 7-9 p.m.
If you are unable to attend a public meeting, you can join FCDOT staff for a live Ask Fairfax! online chat on Tuesday, Oct. 17, from noon to 1 p.m.

You can also let FCDOT know which projects you want to be considered for funding by filling out a survey. Your responses are confidential and you may take the survey only once. Comments are accepted through Monday, Nov. 9, 2017:

Take the survey online now!

Print out a paper copy of the survey (PDF), fill it out, and mail it to:

Fairfax County Department of Transportation/TPP 2017 Survey
4050 Legato Road, Suite 400
Fairfax, VA 22033 

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National Bike Challenge Final Report

Over 31,000 riders logged over 31 million miles in the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Challenge. Between May and the end of September 210 of those riders represented FABB. Our members logged enough miles to rank 11th in the nation. Great job, everyone! 

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Special FABB Offer for National Youth Bike Summit

Hey, FABB members, here is a reminder about and a special offer for next weekend’s National Youth Bike Summit, which is being held at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City,  2799 Jefferson Davis Highway, in Arlington from October 6-8.

As you may know, the summit is a three-day conference on bicycle education, advocacy, and leadership. It focuses on young people, programs for children and young adults, and the role youth can play in leading the charge on bicycle advocacy. This 7th annual summit will feature numerous activities, workshops and sessions by national and local advocates, including Fairfax’s own Jenifer Madden and Fionnuala Quinn, and the National Youth Bicycle Ride on Sunday. Details on the sessions and activities can be found here on the Summit’s website

What’s the special offer? Well, how would you or a young person you know like to attend the summit for free? The registration fee, which covers all three days, is $35 for youth (ages 24 and under) and $60 for adults. FABB is offering to pay this cost for the first four members who contact us and agree to attend the conference. If you are interested, please contact

This a great opportunity for a young person to gain experience as a leader and an advocate for making our community better and stronger. 

Please join us there. 

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