Friday, October 12, 2007
Fairfax bike map prototypeMonday is a big day for Fairfax County cyclists. In the previous blog entry it was noted that all Connector buses will have bike racks installed starting on Monday. Two other bike-related events will occur on that day as well. A prototype of the county bike map will be announced by Chairman Connolly during the regular Board meeting. While it will be an early prototype, it is an opportunity to kick start the process for creating a final, comprehensive map of existing bike routes in the county. Funding was secured last year for the map and a contract has been signed with a private firm to produce the final map by Bike to Work Day 2008. FABB is represented on the bike map advisory committee that was recently formed. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The other event of concern to cyclists on Monday is the Board's decision on a design for Stringfellow Road. We are confident that the Board will approve a design that includes wide curb lanes for bicycle access on the road. This will mark one of the few times that the county and VDOT have designed a Fairfax road to accommodate cyclists and we hope that many more such projects will be coming in the future. While the current design does not contain striped bike lanes, we hope that in the future shared bike markings such as "sharrows" will be used.