Monday, March 27, 2017

First Look at Fairfax Capital Bikeshare Data

Mobility Lab just published a brief article on a heatmap visualization of Capital Bikeshare usage in 2016, including data from Fairfax County, Capital Bikeshare heat map visualizes 2016 rides, first look at Fairfax ridership:
At the 19 stations split between Reston and Tysons, a heat map weighted by the number of trips highlights a general preference for the former, despite the three Metro stops near the Tysons bikeshare stations. It is likely that the more biking-friendly street grid in Reston Town Center is encouraging more riders there, while others are making the last-mile trek from the Wielhe-Reston station, currently the terminus of the Silver Line, to the commercial and residential center.

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While the maps for “registered” and “casual” (unregistered) riders are virtually the same for both areas of Fairfax, a heatmap weighted by overdue rides suggests that riders may be taking longer, more recreational rides around the Town Center.

It is also worth noting that Reston’s stations are closer to the multi-use Washington & Old Dominion trail.


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Workshop on W&OD Trail Bridge Over U.S. Route 29

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will host a planning workshop to gather input from the public on bridge options and design details for the W&OD Trail Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge over U.S. Route 29 (Lee Highway), which will be built as part of the Transform 66 Inside the Beltway Eastbound Widening Project. The workshop will be on Wednesday, April 5, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Yorktown High School, 5200 Yorktown Boulevard, Arlington.

Proposed Bridge Location
VDOT will hold a short presentation beginning at 6:30 p.m. followed by a public participation session. There are local concerns about the bridge’s location, look, and impact on development. Alternatives have been proposed, such as taking the trail along Four Mile Run and under Lee Highway through an existing box culvert or adding a grade-crossing of Fairfax Drive and then taking the trail along I-66. The final choice for the bridge also will have impacts on the regional trail network. 

FABB members and others interested in supporting this critical improvement to the W&OD Trail are encouraged to attend and make their views known. 

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Volunteers Make A Difference – SpringFest

FABB needs help from our members with staffing a table to help promote better bicycling at this year’s SpingFest Fairfax. The county’s official Earth Day and Arbor Day event will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017, from 10am – 4pm at the Sully Historic Site. If you are able to help support FABB, please contact Howard Albers at howardralbers@gmail.comVolunteers are needed for 2 hours shifts from 10 am to noon, noon to 2 pm, and 2 to 4 pm.

If you can’t volunteer, you should still consider attending. SpringFest features numerous workshops, vendors, and activities to help people become healthier and happier. There will be more than 75 vendors, exhibitors, and food trucks at the festival along with a petting zoo, puppet show, and other entertainment. Plus, admission is FREE!  

See you there!


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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Lee District Repaving Meeting, 28 March

Local FABB members are encouraged to make their voices heard at a Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) community meeting to discuss proposed bicycle improvements in the Lee District on Tuesday, March 28, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the cafeteria of Crestwood Elementary School, 6010 Hanover Avenue in Springfield. The following areas in the Lee District are under review for the Virginia Department of Transportation's (VDOT) 2017 repaving schedule:

-- Commerce Street from Old Keene Mill Road to Franconia Road

-- Loisdale Road from Franconia Road to Spring Mill Drive

This will be an excellent opportunity to give feedback to VDOT and FCDOT on traffic safety, bicycling, pedestrian, and related concerns in the Lee District.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

What You Missed – FCDOT Progress Report

Last Wednesday at FABB’s March meeting Adam Lind of FCDOT provided an update of ongoing repaving, capital projects, studies and other developments related to bicycling in Fairfax County. 

2017 Repaving: 21 miles of bike lanes and sharrows will be added this year in Reston and the Dranesville and Lee Districts. Meetings on Dranesville and Lee repaving will be held on 23 March and 28 March respectively. Details are available on the FCDOT website

Capital Projects: Bike lanes and shared used paths for Route 1, Lorton Road Extension, and Workhouse Arts Road, which includes a trail that connects to the Cross-County Trail, are almost complete.

Studies: The Little River Turnpike study is complete and will be going to the Board of Supervisors for endorsement. The Cinderbed study for a trail linking the Franconia-Springfield Metro to the Fairfax County Parkway Trail is done and the determination of project phasing is underway. Studies are underway for the Fairfax County Parkway Trail at the Dulles Toll Road, the Monroe Street Bridge over Rt. 267, and neighborhood connections to north side of Innovation Station. 

Bikeshare: Twelve stations have been installed in Reston and the remaining three stations should be installed by the end of April. Eleven stations have been installed in Tysons with one more under construction and two more planned to start once locations are finalized.  FCDOT is moving forward on trying to acquire TAP funding for ten new stations in Reston to expand the network south of the Dulles Toll Road. 

Fairfax County Bike Map: A new map is being finalized with anticipated distribution during the first week of May. The map features routes that show levels of stress and has on-road and off-road routes. 

Bicycle Wayfinding: Signs are ready for installation and should be installed by the end of April in Franconia-Springfield, Vienna Metro area, and East Falls Church-Annandale. Mile markers are being added to the Fairfax County Parkway Trail.  Design of signs has started for the Fairfax County Parkway Trail and for Tysons-McLean area. 

Outreach: FCDOT now has a consultant to assist with campaigns to promote safety, the bike parking program, and responsible use of bike facilities.  Tentative plans are underway to conduct bike rides to tour new infrastructure.

The next FABB monthly meeting will be in Falls Church on Wednesday, 19 April, in the Dogwood Room, City Hall, 300 Park Ave. Hope you can join us.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Meeting on Georgetown Pike Trail Project March 22

From Fairfax County:
The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) is holding a community meeting concerning the Georgetown Pike Trail Phase III and Phase IV projects on March 22, 2017, at the Great Falls Library, 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, at 7-9 p.m., in the Large Meeting Room. There will be a presentation by County Staff at 7:30 p.m., followed by a brief question and answer session. Public comments will be accepted through April 14, 2017.

Owners of potentially affected properties and other interested parties are invited to review and discuss the project with County staff. Please use the online submission form on this page or call FCDOT at 703-877-5600 with any questions.

Project Background

In January of 2001, the Board of Supervisors entered into an agreement with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) to construct a pedestrian trail along the north side of Georgetown Pike from River Bend Road westward to Seneca Road, a distance of approximately 4.2 miles. Phase I, located in the Village Center and Phase II, between Utterback Road and Falls Chase Court, have been completed.

Phase III will complete a 250’ long section between Falls Chase Court and Falls Bridge Lane. Click on the image below to expand.

This segment of the trail is the recipient of federal funds. Because of the federal funding, and because Georgetown Pike itself is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, this segment of the trail must comply with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. In addition to presenting design features, FCDOT is actively soliciting comments regarding what effect, if any, the proposed trail is likely to have on historic resources in the vicinity.

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What You Missed - The Bureau of Good Roads Presentation

Fionnula Quinn and young designer.
(Photo courtesy of The Bureau of Good Roads)
Cold messy weather kept the turn out for our March monthly meeting unusually low. But those in attendance got to hear a wonderful presentation by our good friend Fionnula Quinn on the work of her company, The Bureau of Good Roads.

The main goal of The Bureau of Good Roads (BGR) is to help to communicate ideas to the public to gain support for transportation improvements. The core of BGR’s program is to show how safe and accessible infrastructure gets built and the importance of public involvement. BGR creates design challenges, field events, and hands-on demonstrations for children and adults to explain the ideas behind how our streets are put together and how they work. BGR classes and workshops help to educate the public about design basics to promote acceptance of ideas about safe and accessible infrastructure.

More young street designers.
(Photo courtesy of
The Bureau of Good Roads)
The business, which started in 2016, grew out of Fionnula’s earlier advocacy work with FABB and her desire to engage people and help them understand general aspects of multimodal transportation design before public meetings on specific projects are held. BGR projects include real-life design and safety principles and highlight the role of STEM professionals. 

The activities advance ideas through telling stories and simple design projects and often include presentation on the history of the original Good Roads Movement in the United States between the late 1870s and 1920s. These stories and activities highlight the importance of public involvement in getting streets built that meet community needs. 

In addition to classes and workshops, BGR leads walks in the region that talk about the history of the design of specific streets and discuss future ideas for evolving infrastructure. Upcoming walks are scheduled for 1 April in Downtown DC and Anacostia and for 4 May in Reston.   

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