Sunday, April 22, 2007

FABB bike tour of Tysons

We had an excellent tour of Tysons on Saturday, April 21, 2007. About 20 of the invited guests showed up on a beautiful, mild morning. Providence District Supervisor Smyth and Providence District Planning Commissioner Ken Lawrence stopped by on their way to a citizens meeting to great the cyclists and put in a pitch for the upcoming Fairfax County Transportation Bond that includes funds for on-road bike routes and pedestrian projects. Planning Commissioners Nancy Hopkins (Dranesville) and Walter Alcorn (At-Large) both rode with the group as did Tysons Corner Task Force Chairman Clark Tyler. Fairfax County Transporatation head Kathy Ichter and her husband Larry rode their tandem. Charlie Strunk, the Fairfax County Bicycle Program Manager was also there with his wife. Several Fairfax County staff also rode with the group.

The article that appeared in today's Post contained some good information about efforts underway in the county to promote bicycling. We had hoped to show the group that bicycle access from Vienna is actually very good. There are 5 or 6 roads and a few trails that lead into Tysons from the south but we were not able to ride or view them all, and the article implies that Vienna is cut off from Tysons which is defintely not the case.

We even saw two others riding along Boone Blvd on sturdy mountain bikes and they seemed startled to see 20 cyclists streaming by. With hard work and a vision of a bicycle-friendly Tysons, it's possible that we'll have a future in which people have the choice of using the most efficient, non-polluting mode of transporation ever invented.

I'll post some photos of the tour soon.
Thanks Bruce!

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