Monday, September 29, 2014

Bike plan public hearing on Wednesday

On Wednesday the Planning Commission will hold their public hearing on the Bicycle Master Plan. It was almost exactly 5 years ago, on October 6, 2009, that Supervisor McKay, at the request of FABB, asked the Board of Supervisors to "endorse the concept" of a bicycle master plan for the county. Shortly after that the county started the first phase of the plan in Tysons. That plan was completed in April 2011. The countywide Bicycle Master Plan was completed in July 2012.

It's been a long, slow process but the end of the planning process, and we hope the beginning of a revitalized bicycle program, is in sight. I hope that you can attend the public hearing on Wed. The meeting begins at 8:15 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center in the Board Auditorium. There is one case before the bike plan. The public hearing on that case was held earlier so the Planning Commission only needs to make a decision and it could happen quickly.

It would be great to have a number of cyclists in the room, not necessarily speaking but showing their support for the plan. I'll be speaking on behalf of FABB and will ask supporters to stand at one point in my testimony. A  number of other supporters of the plan have also signed up to speak. If you haven't done so already, please sign our FABB Bicycle Master Plan petition hosted by WABA.

FABB and others have worked hard to get to this point. Adoption of the bike plan will ensure that bicyclists "will be treated as valid users of the roadway and accommodated as a necessary element of all roadway improvement projects."

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Herndon Town Council Bicycle Master Plan letter of support

Mayor Merkel of the Town of Herndon recently sent the following letter of support for the Bicycle Master Plan to the Fairfax County Planning Commission, reaffirming the Town Council's support for the plan. The Commission will hold a public hearing on the plan on Wed., October 1 at the Fairfax County Government Center beginning after 8:15 p.m. Cyclists are encouraged to attend the hearing to show your support and/or to sign the FABB Bicycle Master Plan petition:
Town of
Herndon, Virginia

Lisa C. Merkel
T (703) 435‐6805
F (703) 787‐7325

Lisa C. Merkel, Mayor
Jennifer Baker, Vice Mayor
David A. Kirby
Steven Lee Mitchell
Sheila A. Olem
Jasbinder Singh
Grace Han Wolf

September 24, 2014

Honorable Peter F. Murphy, Jr., Chair
Fairfax County Planning Commission
12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 330

Dear Chair Murphy and members of the Fairfax County Planning Commission:

On behalf of the Town of Herndon and the residents we serve,I am writing to affirm the town’s support for the Fairfax County Bicycle Master Plan. On August 14, 2012, the Town of Herndon passed a resolution supporting the town’s inclusion in the county’s BicycleMasterPlan,along with several recommendations pertaining to the town. I have attached the 2012 certified resolution to this email for your information. We continue to support a Master Bicycle Plan for Fairfax County and agree with the Plan’s goals and objectives. Providing safe and expansive alternative travel facilities and encouraging more bicycle usage, especially for short trips, are important initiatives for jurisdictions within the metropolitan area.

Thank you for allowing us to provide our comments. The Town of Herndon looks forward to working cooperatively with Fairfax County to provide bike and trail facilities that enhance and encourage inter‐jurisdictional connectivity and access to transit.


Lisa C.Merkel

c. Members of the Herndon Town Council
Honorable John Foust, Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, Dranesville District
Arthur A. Anselene, Town Manager
Elizabeth M. Gilleran, Director of Community Development
Mark Duceman,Transportation Program Manager
Bryce Perry, Planner I
Councilmember Sheila Olem, Chair, & Members of the Town’s PBAC
Jennifer Phipps, Legislative Aide to Supervisor Foust, Herndon Office

Attachment: 08-14-12, Bicycle Facilities, Resolution

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Rides this weekend

There are several rides sponsored by local bike shops such as Spokes, Etc., The Bike Lane, Green Lizard Cycling,  and Bikenetic; and by local clubs like Reston Bike Club and Potomac Pedalers. However, these two casual rides this weekend caught our attention:
Ride with the Reston Association Board of Directors on the Board-Led Bike Ride

Saturday, Sept. 27, 9:45 a.m. Ride begins and ends in the parking lot near the tennis courts on Brown's Chapel Road.

Location: Lake Newport Tennis Courts, 11452 Baron Cameron Ave.

This one-hour, 6.2-mile bicycle ride - called Tour d' Art - will be led by members of the Reston Association Board of Directors and the Pedestrian and Bicycling Advisory Committee. It is open to all residents and will feature stops at 12 public art pieces throughout Reston. Please contact Craig Clark at to register or for more information.

Bikes at Vienna is sponsoring the Ride To Discovery: Herndon, Virginia; Sept 28th

Sunday, September 28, leaving from the Bikes at Vienna parking lot at 8:45 AM.

Disaster at sea … a treasure hunt worth millions … a federal fugitive … the X-15 rocket-plane. What links them all to lovely little Herndon? Find the answers at Bikes at Vienna’s second Ride To Discovery along the W&OD Trail!

We will cycle from the Bikes at Vienna parking lot to Herndon and back, with a rest-stop at the Herndon Caboose. The route is 17 miles round-trip, all on the W&OD Trail. Please arrive early so that you have time to read and sign the liability waiver and get your bike ready to go promptly at 8:45.

Don’t just ride the W&OD. Ride to Discovery with Bikes at Vienna!

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Bicycle Master Plan Staff Report released

Fairfax County staff have released the Staff Report that contains their analysis of the Bicycle Master Plan which includes the Bicycle Master Plan AttachmentBicycle Network Map Attachment, and Trails Plan Map Attachment. Public hearings on the plan are scheduled for October 1 before the Planning Commission and October 28 before the Board of Supervisors.

Adoption of this first-ever bike plan will be a major milestone for cycling in Fairfax. We are encouraging all residents to sign the FABB Bicycle Master Plan petition and to attend the public hearings.

From the Staff Report (emphasis added):
The bicycle facility and policy recommendations included in this Comprehensive Plan amendment represent a shift in how bicycle planning and design will be approached in Fairfax County. Moving forward, it is assumed and expected that bicycles will be treated as valid users of the roadway and accommodated as a necessary element of all roadway improvement projects. Private and public development along roads included within the Countywide Bicycle Network will be expected to contribute to the vision of a place that meets the needs of bicyclists today while encouraging more people to ride in the future.

This expectation is fully consistent with direction established in the county’s adopted Transportation element of the Policy Plan, VDOT’s Statewide Bicycle Policy Plan, and other local, regional, state, and national documents. The information in the Fairfax County Bicycle Master Plan provides direction and guidance on how to implement policies already established and adopted at the highest levels of Fairfax County and VDOT.

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Celebrate Car Free Day on September 22

Monday, September 22 is Car Free Day. Many of us are already mostly car free, so why not take the Car Free Day Pledge and be eligible to win a yearly CaBi membership, a Sole bike, a Bicycle SPACE gift certificate, and other prizes.
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Monday, September 15, 2014

FABB meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 17

FABB will have a special guest at our September meeting on Wednesday. Vanessa Aguayo of Fairfax County DOT will give a presentation on bike projects she is managing. They include a bridge over Wiehle Ave on the W&OD Trail and Vesper Trail in Tysons that will connected the northern Vienna area to the Spring Hill Metro station. We will also be discussing the upcoming public hearings on the Bicycle Master Plan. The Planning Commission public hearing is scheduled for Wed. Oct. 1 starting at 8:15 p.m. The Board of Supervisors public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 28.

The FABB meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. at Patrick Henry Library, 101 Maple Ave E, Vienna (map), located a block from the W&OD Trail. Everyone is welcome.

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Friday, September 12, 2014

South county Bicycle Master Plan meeting on Monday, Sept. 15

To learn more about the Fairfax County Bicycle Master Plan (Phase II), a public information meeting is planned for Monday, September 15 from 7:30-9pm at the Mount Vernon Government Center Community Room (map).  Public hearings on the plan are scheduled before the Planning Commission (October 1) and Board of Supervisors (October 28).

We are asking all cyclists to support the plan by signing the FABB Bicycle Master Plan petition and attending the public hearings. It would be great to have a large contingent of cyclists at the public hearings to show our support for the plan. Maybe we should all wear our bike helmets into the hearing.

See our earlier blog entry about Monday's meeting.

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