Thursday, August 25, 2016
 

Clips in Reston: Party Like Its 1991!

Fresh off successful dates in Oakland, California, and Asheville, North Carolina, the New Belgium Brewery’s Clips Beer and Films Tour comes to Reston on Friday, September 16, 2016. As we reported previously, Clips is a free event for all ages featuring short films and a selection of nearly 20 small-batch beers served up by FABB volunteers. Plus all beer proceeds benefit FABB's work toward making bicycling better in Fairfax County.

Clips 2016 will celebrate the 25th anniversary of New Belgium’s founding in 1991. To commemorate its anniversary, the brewery reached out to some of its favorite filmmakers around the country and asked them to pay homage to the year of New Belgium's beginning with their films.

We haven’t been told what the films are about, but just imagine what the filmmakers have to work with! 1991 was the year that the internet was made available for unrestricted commercial use, the first web browser was introduced, and the number of computers on the Internet reached one million. The Washington Redskins were on their way to a 14-2 season and a victory in Super Bowl XXVI. We danced or exercised to C+C Music Factory’s Gonna Make You Sweat. Beverly Hills 90210 premiered on TV while Terminator 2: Judgment Day and The Silence of the Lambs were two of the year’s top movies. Oh, and the Cold War ended with the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Get a sneak peak at the films here

Internet Messenger by
Israeli artist Buky Schwartz.
Please join us for what is shaping up as a fabulously fun night of film and foam! The beer starts pouring at 7:00 pm with offerings on tap--available in 3-ounce samples or 12-ounce pours--or in cans.  The films begin showing at dark (between 8:30 and 9:00 pm). A bike valet manned by volunteers from The Bike Lane will be available on site. 

We still need a few more volunteers for event set-up, pouring and selling New Belgium’s craft beers, and checking ID’s. Volunteers will receive a Clips T-shirt, pizza before the event, and a special beer to celebrate afterwards. For details on volunteer positions and to sign up, check out the volunteer signup page.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
 

Faces of Fairfax - Greg Raelson

Greg Raelson, a US Navy F/A-18 pilot and competitive endurance athlete, spoke to FABB during the Richmond to DC bike event in late July.  When not riding his bike for enjoyment, training, or competition, Greg uses his bike to commute to work at the Navy Yard in DC from his home in Fairfax.  

Greg told us that the things he likes most about riding is being outside, sharing in healthy activities with other people, and, fighter pilot and athlete that he is, pushing his limits. To complement his passions, he is establishing his own business, Mile Marker Performance, to help others start or continue to be involved in endurance sports. 

Greg spends a lot of time on his bike on Fairfax roads and his list of changes to make it easier and safer to ride in the county matches most of FABB’s goals. In particular, he would like to see more trails and bicycle-friendly roads with more bike lanes that are consistently maintained and linked.  Greg also would like to see better enforcement of traffic laws that protect bikers, other motorists, and pedestrians, especially those against distracted driving, which he observed is a growing problem. 


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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
 

NPS Releases Paved Trail Plan/Study

National Park Service recently released the final Paved Trail Study that outlines a vision for a future paved trail network in the Metro DC area. "The main outcomes of this study are a vision for the trail network, a set of achievable goals, 121 capital and programmatic recommendations, and a framework for prioritizing regional funding of trail–related projects in the future."

One of the most dangerous crossing of GW Parkway was mentioned in the section on At-Grade Crossings: "In addition, popular trail access points from nearby neighborhoods that require crossing the Parkway should also be studied. For example, Fairfax County has approved a study to evaluate pedestrian and bicycle crossing of the Parkway at Belle View Boulevard. Roadway and trail safety enhancements could include improved sightlines, speed limit reductions in key areas, creating shorter trail crossing distances by narrowing or reducing lanes, introducing pavement markings, and improved crossing signage."

The primary recommendation in Fairfax County was development of the Fort Hunt Trail, in three parts:

1. From GWMP along Vernon View Drive to Fort Hunt Road: Develop on-road trail facility from Mount Vernon Trail crossing GWMP, routed along Vernon View Drive to Fort Hunt Road.

2. From Fort Hunt Road/Fort Hunt Park to Belle Haven Golf Course: Develop on-road trail facility from Fort Hunt Road/Fort Hunt Park along Fort Hunt Road to Belle Haven Road.

3. Belle Haven Road between Fort Hunt Road and GWMP: Develop on-road connector along Belle Haven Road to Belle Haven Park and Mount Vernon Trail

From the National Park Service:
National Park Service News Release
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 15, 2016
Contact: Jenny Anzelmo-Sarles, jenny_anzelmo-sarles@nps.gov, 202-619-7177

National Park Service envisions an interconnected paved trail system in the Washington Metro Area 
Paved Trail Study is finalized

WASHINGTON – Today, the National Park Service (NPS) released its final Paved Trail Study, setting a vision for future planning and coordination in the NPS National Capital Region paved trail network. The study identifies achievable goals, provides 121 capital and programmatic recommendations and prioritizes opportunities to expand multi-use trails in D.C. area national parks as funding becomes available.

Today, there are nearly 100 miles of paved trails in D.C. area national parks. The extensive network is helping to define the region as a pioneer in multi-modal transportation infrastructure. The plan established the concept of a National Capital Trail consisting of four loops, which offer between 18 and 45 miles of diverse trail experiences and link national parks and other destinations. The NPS will use criteria in the plan to prioritize projects and align limited resources for maximum regional benefit.

The paved trail network in the national capital region is one of the most complex in the nation, and no single park or agency can carry full responsibility for maintaining or enhancing the entire network. Partnerships are an essential element for success.

The NPS strives to lead the region in providing exceptional trail experiences, seamlessly linking diverse places of natural and historic significance while providing safe and enjoyable places for people to walk, run, bike, commute and have fun with friends and family.

To develop the study, the NPS conducted a comprehensive examination of its regional trail network and of federal regulations and policies that guide trail planning. Stakeholder outreach and local government trail plans and priorities, including major trail gaps and areas for potential partnership and collaboration, also informed the study.

Download the Paved Trails Study: http://parkplanning.nps.gov/NCRtrailplan_final
Map of Corridors of Regional Significance. See the report for a better image.

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Monday, August 22, 2016
 

Two-stage Left Turn on Telegraph Rd & Beulah St

The bike lane on Telegraph Rd will be soon have a new two-foot buffer. There will also be a new two-stage left turn option. Kudos to Fairfax County and VDOT for experimenting with this new treatment. From Fairfax County DOT:
VDOT is in the process of repaving and restriping Telegraph Road and that’s good news for people driving, bicycling, and walking. In 2016, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT), in coordination with VDOT, approved a new striping plan for Telegraph Road that will upgrade the existing bike lanes by adding a two foot painted buffer between the vehicle lanes and the bicycle lanes. This new design should make bicycling In the corridor more comfortable and enjoyable.

As part of the repaving and restriping project, Fairfax County’s first two-stage left turn will be installed at the intersection of Telegraph Road and Beulah Street. A two-stage left turn offers people bicycling a safer way to turn at multi-lane intersections and helps create predictability for drivers.

The diagram on the right shows how this works in two phases. In stage one a person on a bicycle rides straight through the intersection with a  green light and then waits in a “bike box” in front of vehicle traffic at the cross street. In stage two, the light turns green for the cross street traffic and the person bicycling can then proceed through the intersection into the bike lane.
Here's another diagram from NACTO's Urban Bikeway Design Guide:

Two-stage left turn
Image from NACTO
Telegraph Rd & Beulah St
This is what the intersection looks like today.
Image from Google Maps


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Two-stage Left Turn on Telegraph Rd & Beulah St

The bike lane on Telegraph Rd will be soon have a new two-foot buffer. There will also be a new two-stage left turn option. Kudos to Fairfax County and VDOT for experimenting with this new treatment. From Fairfax County DOT:
VDOT is in the process of repaving and restriping Telegraph Road and that’s good news for people driving, bicycling, and walking. In 2016, the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT), in coordination with VDOT, approved a new striping plan for Telegraph Road that will upgrade the existing bike lanes by adding a two foot painted buffer between the vehicle lanes and the bicycle lanes. This new design should make bicycling In the corridor more comfortable and enjoyable.

As part of the repaving and restriping project, Fairfax County’s first two-stage left turn will be installed at the intersection of Telegraph Road and Beulah Street. A two-stage left turn offers people bicycling a safer way to turn at multi-lane intersections and helps create predictability for drivers.

The diagram on the right shows how this works in two phases. In stage one a person on a bicycle rides straight through the intersection with a  green light and then waits in a “bike box” in front of vehicle traffic at the cross street. In stage two, the light turns green for the cross street traffic and the person bicycling can then proceed through the intersection into the bike lane.
Here's another diagram from NACTO's Urban Bikeway Design Guide:


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Saturday, August 20, 2016
 

September FABB Meeting in Sully District

As many of you are now aware, FABB has been holding our monthly meetings in Fairfax’s various districts this year. We are pleased to announce that our September meeting will be in the Sully District, which includes the areas of Centreville, Clifton, Chantilly, Oakton, and the Route 28 corridor. Even better, our special guest speaker will be Sully District Supervisor Hon. Kathy Smith. 

These meetings in district venues are part of FABB's efforts to hear from local residents about their bicycling needs. Fairfax County Bicycle Coordinator Adam Lind has been invited to discuss future projects in the local district, and a FABB representative will facilitate a group discussion about improvements needed in the district. 


Please plan on joining us--and invite your friends and neighbors!--on Tuesday, September 20, from 7:30 to 9:30 PM in the Frank Room of the Sully Governmental Center, 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016
 

FABB Meeting Tonight in Vienna

FABB is holding our monthly meeting tonight at our regular location, Patrick Henry Library in Vienna near the W&OD Trail. Michael Schade from Arlington County's Mobility Lab will be presenting.  He runs Mobility Lab's Transportation Techies which sponsor their Transportation Hack Nights. We'll also have a report of recent county bike news, an update on Clips Beer & Film Tour, a discussion of the Bike Map update, and a chance to thank Randy Dittberner of VDOT who will be leaving soon for Arizona.

Everyone is welcome to attend. The meeting starts at 7:30. Bike parking is available outside the meeting room or you can bring your bike inside.

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