Friday, July 21, 2017

Workhouse Brewfest Returns!

After a successful inaugural run, the Workhouse Brewfest in Lorton returns for a second year on Saturday, 12 August. FABB is again pleased to be partnering with the Workhouse Arts Center and Fairfax County to promote this great event and to encourage people to try riding there. 

The Workhouse Brewfest will run from 1 pm to 8 pm and will feature food, live music, and, of course, beer.  Craft brews from Northern Virginia and throughout the Commonwealth will be in the spotlight, and they will be joined by some fine beers from DC, Maryland, and West Virginia. The tasty products of a few distilleries and cideries also will be featured at the event.

More than a dozen bands and performers will be on the two main stages. Plus there will be a number of workshops, demonstrations, and other fun how-to’s related to beer!

There are three ticket types that you can buy for entry to Brewfest. You can also pre-purchase passes for on-site parking. Check out the website for details on and to purchase tickets

BONUS! FABB members can get a $5 discount off the ticket price by using the code: BIKE. 

Please spread the word, and we hope to see you there. 

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New Bike Racks on Wiehle-Reston East Station Plaza

We've reported on the need for more free bike parking at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro station. The free bike room adjacent to the paid secure bike room fills up on most days and bikes end up being locked to various objects in the room. One was even hanging from the fence recently.

According to development plans (Sheet 11, page 177), bike racks will be placed on the plaza outside the station entrance. We're pleased to report that a new set of inverted U racks was recently installed near the bike share station. The racks are not covered but they do provide an option for overflow parking from the bike room. Thanks to Comstock and Fairfax County for working with us to install these racks.

Overflow bike parking at Wiehle station.
Capacity is 36 bikes. There were 54 parked on July 12.
New U racks on Wiehle Station Plaza
Reston Station Development Plan, Sheet 11
showing proposed bike rack locations on plaza.

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Faces of Fairfax: Donald and Susan

Burke-resident Donald Curran and Springfield-resident Susan Demsko have been commuting to work for many years. Since 2015 and on each of the subsequent two Bike to Work Days they have been kind enough to tell FABB a little about themselves and give us updates on their thoughts and concerns. 

Donald Curran
Donald tells us that he still enjoys riding, especially for the time it allows him to be outdoors.  Susan, meanwhile, says that for her riding is a great way to exercise and reduce stress. She can’t think of a more healthful way to stay in shape.  

Both riders express the desire to see more bike lanes. Their morning commute to the Burke VRE station has gotten better over the yeas with the addition of new lanes and trails. Still, there are gaps on some of the local main roads, such as Rolling Road, Burke Lake Road, and Old Keene Mill Road, which could use bike lanes. 

Susan Demsko
The good news for the area is that improvements are being made in the area. New bike lanes are being added as part of the VDOT summer repaving program in accordance with the Bicycle Master Plan.  This will includes stretches this summer along Greeley Boulevard from Carrleigh Parkway to Old Keene Mill Road and on Hillside Road from Rolling Road to Old Keene Mill Road. In addition, the Burke VRE Station is getting paths connecting it to nearby neighborhoods. Also, Rolling Road will soon get a sidewalk section that completes an important connection near Luthern Church.

We look forward to seeing Donald and Susan next year and hearing their views on these and other changes in the area. 

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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Falls Church Bikeshare Meeting on Thursday

FABB members in and around Falls Church should plan on attending a community meeting on Bikeshare this Thursday, July 20, at 7:00 pm. The subject will be the status of the project to bring Capital Bikeshare to Falls Church and to discuss the proposed station locations. The meeting will be held in the Council Chambers of City Hall at 300 Park Avenue. 

If you can’t make this meeting, you can still comment on the the draft station locations by using this crowdsource map

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Reminder: Braddock Road Study Comments Due July 25

Hey, FABB members in the Braddock District, if you haven’t done so yet, be sure to share your ideas on the Braddock Road Multimodal Study with FCDOT and Supervisor Cook. You can leave your comments and take a brief survey on the study website here.  All comments are due by Tuesday, July 25.

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National Bike Challenge FABB Fundraising Opportunity

FABB is neck-and-neck with
Bike NWA and Kaw Valley
July has been hot and people are away on vacation, so it appears that we’re not getting out on our bikes as much as earlier in the Bike Challenge. FABB has now dropped into the high 20s in the national rankings. 

We’re sure this will change in the remaining months. To further encourage FABB members to get out and ride (and log those miles for the National Bike Challenge!), one of our donors has offered to make a donation in a two-for-one match of dollars to points per participant as of August 31. FABB currently has 197 points per participant, which would be worth a $394 donation. 

So, please get out there ride. Let’s get FABB back into the top 20 and then the top 10. See the National Bike Challenge site for details on participating. And, of course, you can always donate to FABB to help us advocate for better bicycling by clicking here.  

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

TransAction Plan Meetings This Week

The Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) will host two more public meetings in Fairfax County on its draft TransAction plan. Join NVTA at 7pm on Monday, July 17, at Eagle View Elementary in Fairfax and on Tuesday, July, 18 at the South County Government Center in Alexandria to learn more and give feedback on transportation projects for Northern Virginia through 2040. 
TransAction is a long-range transportation plan for Northern Virginia that NVTA updates every five years in order to identify and prioritize regionally significant projects. For more information, including the project list, meeting locations and schedule, visit

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