Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Tour de Lights in Reston on Saturday

Join the Reston Pedestrian and Bicycling Committee for a tour of holiday lights in Reston on Saturday, Dec. 20. The ride begins at 4:30 p.m. at Lake Anne Plaza. The route is not flat. For more details see the Tour de Lights poster or send a message to

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Monday, December 15, 2014

US DOT Secretary Foxx blog's about Reston road diets

Recently we mentioned a new Federal Highway Administration publication, "Road Diet Informational Guide," that uses Lawyers Road in Reston as a case study of how road diets improve safety and can provide better bike access. Today US Dept. of Transportation Secretary Foxx featured the guide in his blog Fast Lane: A diet you can live with:

One community where a road diet was a good fit is Reston, Virginia, where two roads recently shrank, and motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians are safer for it. In Reston, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) implemented a road diet on a two-mile segment of Lawyers Road during an already scheduled 2009 repaving project. Reaction among residents was mixed before the project, but views shifted to strong support after the project helped reduce crashes in the corridor by 67 percent—that’s a full 2/3 reduction! A second road diet was installed on nearby Soapstone Drive in 2011, and that diet resulted in a 65 percent crash reduction.

I first heard about road diets when I was mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina. They’ve become popular features there, and FHWA has singled them out as one of nine proven safety countermeasures for cutting fatalities and serious injuries on America’s roadways.

Better roads, more options, and safer travel – that’s a diet we can all live with.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Holiday parties this week

FABB will have our monthly meeting/holiday party starting at 7:30 p.m. at Patrick Henry Library in Vienna on Wednesday (Dec. 17th). Everyone is welcome to attend. Some of us are bringing snacks and drinks; if you plan to attend, please let us know.

Also on Wednesday bikes@vienna is celebrating the holidays from 5-7 p.m. The shop is located almost across the street from Patrick Henry Library so you could attend the bikes@vienna event and then join us at the FABB party.

All WABA members can start your week off right by attending the WABA Holiday Party. The event will be held on Monday (Dec. 15) at Smith Public Trust, a restaurant near Catholic University in DC, from 6-10 p.m. The party is for WABA members only. If you're not a member, you could join today.


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Friday, December 12, 2014

Bike lane proposed on Marshall Road in Vienna

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At their meeting on Monday, Dec. 15 at 8pm the Vienna Town Council will vote on adding a climbing lane to Marshall Road from near Nutley St to the top of the incline to the east. The Transportation Safety Commission recently asked staff to “conduct a study and recommend potential traffic calming and pedestrian safety improvements to Marshall Road SW.” Marshall Road extends from Nutley St, past Marshall Road Elementary School, northwest to Hillcrest Dr. As part of the recommendations to calm the street, a bike lane on the uphill section of road, referred to as a climbing lane, is being proposed.

Please consider emailing your support or comments to or if possible attend the meeting Monday night that begins at 8 pm. The Council chambers are on the second floor of Town Hall.

See details about the Marshall Road project and info about the council meeting.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Jones Branch Connector and Route 28 meetings tonight

Jones Branch Connector Project meeting - Fairfax County will present plans for a future bridge over the Beltway in Tysons, the Jones Branch Connector Project. The new bridge would extend from Route 123 near the McLean Metrorail station across the Beltway to Jones Branch Dr. Bike lanes are currently included in the plans for the road and bridge. The meeting will be held at Spring Hill Elementary School, 8201 Lewinsville Road, McLean, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. with a formal presentation at 7:15 p.m. Please consider attending and supporting bike access on the bridge.

Route 28 Safety Study Meeting - VDOT is holding a public meeting "regarding the development of a traffic and operational safety study to identify short-term recommendations to improve traffic operations on Route 28 (Centerville Road) from South of I-66 to Liberia Ave." The Route 28 Corridor Safety and Operations Study meeting is on Wednesday, December 10, at Centreville Elementary School, 14330 Green Trails Blvd., Centreville from 6:30-8:30 p.m. A brief presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m. Better bike access across and along Route 28 should be included in this study.

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Route 28 Safety and Operations Study public meeting Dec. 10

VDOT is holding a public meeting "regarding the development of a traffic and operational safety study to identify short-term recommendations to improve traffic operations on Route 28 (Centerville Road) from South of I-66 to Liberia Ave."

The Route 28 Corridor Safety and Operations Study meeting is on Wednesday, December 10, at Centreville Elementary School, 14330 Green Trails Blvd., Centreville from 6:30-8:30 p.m. A brief presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Even though the Countywide Trails Plan designates bike facilities along Route 28 there is currently no bike access along most sections of the road in Fairfax County. Cyclists are encouraged to attend this meeting and speak out in support of bike access along and across Route 28. There are several locations where Route 28 is a major barrier for bicycle and pedestrian access.


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Saturday, December 6, 2014

Lawyers Road featured in national road diet guide

In 2009 VDOT converted Lawyers Road from four lanes normal travel lanes to two normal lanes, two bike lanes, and a center turn lane,  known as a "road diet." The main goal of the project was to reduce motor vehicle crashes. It also created a safer road for all road users. The project was the first in Virginia and has been a huge success, reducing crashes by over 70%.

The Federal Highway Administration recently published the "Road Diet Informational Guide" that users Lawyers Road as the case study. VDOT staff provided input to the guide's authors based on their experience with road diets in Virginia. In 2011 a second road diet in Reston converted Soapstone Drive from four lanes to two lanes and bike lanes, providing good bike access to the new Wiehle-Reston East Silver Line station.

See our coverage of the Lawyers Road and Soapstone Drive projects.

We are fortunate to have some very forward thinking engineers in the Northern Virginia District of VDOT who are willing to experiment with new road treatments that make some of our roads safer for everyone.

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