Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Roll the presses

The Fairfax County Bike Map is being printed today. Charlie Strunk, the county bike coordinator and Jeff Hermann, bike planner, traveled to the printer this morning to review proofs and to check the quality as the final maps roll off the presses. The maps will then be dried, cut to size, and folded.

The entire county is depicted on a single map, front and back, with the north half on one side and south on the reverse side. The FABB route map formed the basis for the initial route network. The contractor, Toole Design Group, modified the routes to form an interconnected network of roads and trails. After field work to asses road and trail conditions, each segment was rated from A-F. The higher-ranked routes, A-C, were coded as Preferred. D-F routes were listed as Less Preferred.

FABB was involved in the advisory group although only a few meetings were held. While we were able to comment on the route network, several of our comments were not included in the printed map due to lack of time given the Bike to Work Day deadline. The first version of the map will be limited to 3,000 copies and will be handed out at Bike to Work Day.

During the next 90 days additional comments will be gathered to further refine the map and route network and I encourage everyone to obtain a copy of the map for review. FABB will work with the county to help figure out the best method for receiving comments and incorporating them into the final version of the map. Once the map is final 25,000 copies will be printed.

To obtain a map, attend a Fairfax Bike to Work Day event. After Bike to Work Day copies of the map will be available at local bike shops. They can be ordered by calling (703) 324-BIKE (2453) or contacting the Fairfax County bike program.

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