Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Embark Richmond Highway Community Meeting Set for May 9

FABB is encouraging members and other bicyclists in southern Fairfax County to attend the upcoming community meeting on the plans and work currently underway on the Embark Richmond Highway project. The meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 9, 2016, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Walt Whitman Middle School, 2500 Parkers Lane, Alexandria. 

Embark Richmond Highway supports Fairfax County’s long term planning goals of expanding transit service, improving the county’s multimodal transportation system for mixed use areas and building more dense, mixed-use, transit-oriented developments that attract more residents and businesses, and create more job and tax revenues. 
Map courtesy of FCDOT

A presentation on the project and remarks by Lee District Supervisor Jeff McKay and Mount Vernon District Supervisor Dan Storck will be followed by an open house in the cafeteria where the public will be able to talk one-on-one with county staff representatives who are leading various aspects of the project.

For more information on the May 9 community meeting, visit the Embark Richmond Highway web page or contact Fairfax County Department of Planning and Zoning at (703) 324-1380, TTY 711.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Two New Documentaries Of Interest to Everyone

In time for Bike to School Day on May 4, Maryland Public Television is premiering the documentary The Slow Way Home. The film explores the divergence between the ways children travel to school in America and Japan. It also examines how American families have largely given up on keeping our streets and public spaces safe for children while Japanese communities have mobilized to keep their streets safe and walkable, not only for children but for everyone in society.The Slow Way Home is scheduled to be shown on MPT2 on Tuesday, May 3, at 9:00 pm. 

Later during Bike Month the local chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) is offering an exclusive screening of the documentary Bikes vs. Cars
From bike activists in Sao Paulo and Los Angeles who are fighting for safe bike lanes to the City of Copenhagen where forty percent commute by bike daily, Bikes vs. Cars looks at the struggle for bicyclists in a society dominated by cars and the revolutionary changes that could take place if more cities moved away from car-centric models. The screening will be on Wednesday, May 18, at 6:30 pm at the Landmark E Street Theater in D.C.  

You need tickets to attend the screening. These can be obtained here but must be ordered by Tuesday, May 3. 

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Friday, April 29, 2016

The National Bike Challenge

FABB is encouraging members to sign up for the National Bike Challenge to help promote bicycling. PeopleForBikes, a national organization dedicated to making bicycling better for everyone, is again sponsoring the National Bike Challenge.  Now in its fifth year, the Challenge seeks to unite millions of riders, thousands of businesses and hundreds of communities to create a powerful, united voice for bicycling and its benefits. 

The Challenge basically is an easy logging center for you to record the miles you ride while competing with other riders all over the country. It is a free and easy way to challenge yourself, colleagues and the greater community to ride more. The Challenge aims to unite 100,000 riders to pedal 75 million miles from May 1, 2016 until September 30, 2016. 

You are out riding anyway, so why not record those miles and demonstrate to everyone how great bicycling is? Plus, participants are eligible to win prizes. So, sign up here and get started.

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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Help Celebrate Bicycling on Bike to Work Day 2016

FABB is encouraging all members to participate in this year's Bike to Work Day (BTWD) on Friday, May 20. We also are seeking volunteers to help represent our group at Fairfax County’s 14 pit stops. This is a major opportunity for FABB to reach out to the community and celebrate bicycling as a clean, fun, and healthy way to get to work.

BTWD 2016 for the greater DC area is organized by Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association. It will include 83 BTWD pit stops all over the Washington metropolitan region. The Fairfax pit stop locations are: Burke VRE Station, Fair Lakes, Fairfax City Downtown, Fairfax County Government Center, Falls Church, Fort Belvoir, Herndon, McLean, Mosaic, Mt. Vernon–Collingwood Park, Reston–Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail Station, Springfield/Metro Park at Walker Lane, Tysons Corner Center, and Vienna.

Each pit stop welcomes bicyclists with refreshments and provides registered attendees with free t-shirts and chances to win bicycles and other great prizes. FABB representatives will engage riders about our group’s work and sign them up for the FABB newsletter. Whether a volunteer or commuter, make sure to register with your pit stop location by May 13 to be eligible for the free t-shirts and prize raffle. 

FABB Table at 2015 BTWD Reston Pit Stop

If you are willing to volunteer to help FABB promote better bicycling at this event, please sign up at VolunteerSpot

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Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Bike Counter Ceremony Today in Reston

Mobile bike counter ribbon-cutting. From left:
Tom Biesiadny and Adam Lind (Fairfax DOT)
Supervisor Hudgins and Chairman Bulova,
Bobby Anderson and Jeff Major of RBC
Bruce Wright of FABB
Runner/cyclist in orange and
Vincent Mendolia, Fairfax County
Thanks to a generous donation from the Reston Bicycle Club (RBC), Fairfax County now has a mobile bike counter. At a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the W&OD Trail and Old Reston Avenue today, Chairman Bulova and Supervisor Hudgins thanked RBC for their donation and spoke about the importance of bicycling for both transportation and recreation. They also noted the importance of providing good bike facilities so residents have multiple options for getting around. Bike Coordinator Adam Lind discussed the importance of bike counts for planning purposes.

FABB worked with RBC's board and the county to select, purchase and deliver the counter to the county. The counter is similar to the network of counters used by Arlington County (see Counting Bikes to Plan for Bikes). The counter contains two parts. One part uses passive-infrared to count all people passing the counter. The second part consists of two tubes that only counts bicyclists. Using the two systems bicyclists and pedestrians can be counted. Yesterday 445 cyclists were counted on the W&OD Trail.

The counter will be moved around the county as needed. The long term goal is to have a network of permanent counters located along important bicycle routes or potential routes to count existing bicyclists and to document changes over time, as outlined in the Bicycle Master Plan. Thanks RBC!

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Future FABB Meetings Around the County

FABB Mt. Vernon Meeting
FABB seeks to represent and serve bicyclists throughout Fairfax County. Starting earlier this year FABB began holding monthly meetings in each of the county’s districts in addition to our usual location in Vienna at the Patrick Henry Library. 

After successful meetings in the Mt. Vernon and Mason Districts, FABB has scheduled meetings to cover the rest of Fairfax County’s districts. The monthly meeting schedule for the rest of the year is: 

  • May 18 – SPRINGFIELD  at District Community Room, West Springfield Government Center
  • June 15 – LEE at Richard Byrd Library Meeting Room 1/2, Springfield
  • July 20 – BRADDOCK – Location to be determined
  • August 17 - Patrick Henry Library, Vienna
  • September 21 – SULLY – Location to be determined
  • October 19 - HUNTER MILL- DRANESVILLE NORTH (Herndon-Reston-Great Falls and surrounding areas) – Location to be determined
  • November 16 - HUNTER MILL- DRANESVILLE SOUTH (Vienna-Tysons-McLean and surrounding areas) - Dranesville District Community Room, McLean  
  • December 21 - Patrick Henry Library, Vienna
FABB encourages members to attend all of our monthly gatherings regardless of location.  We hope that the effort to meet in the districts will inspire previous non-attendees to take advantage of the new meeting venues to join us and increase their participation in our growing efforts to make bicycling better in Fairfax County. 

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Braddock Road Multimodal Study meeting to include bicycle alternatives

Fairfax County is investigating various options for improving the Braddock Road corridor between Guinea Road and I-495 as part of the Braddock Road Multimodal Study. One of the options is improved bicycle access. An update on the study, including bicycle and pedestrian alternatives being considered, will be held on Monday, April 25 at Lake Braddock Secondary School, 9200 Burke Lake Road, Burke, at 7 p.m. This is an important corridor that lacks safe, convenient bicycle access.

According to the study page:
Attendees will have the opportunity to review different stations that will consist of an explanation of the project’s goals and timeline, lessons learned, roadway alternatives, pedestrian/bicycle alternatives and transit center alternatives. Representatives from FCDOT will provide an update on the study and the work of the citizen committee assisting in the project beginning at 7:30 p.m.
See our earlier coverage of Braddock Road and this study.


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