Friday, January 15, 2010

Final Tysons Plan draft released

Fairfax County staff have released their final draft of the plan [pdf] to transform Tysons into a walkable, bikeable, livable community. The Bicycle Network language on page 64 has been re-written with much more detail. Changes include new bicycle parking requirements that are similar to those in Arlington County (p. 66), and recommendations for wayfinding signage, including use of new guidelines from the recently revised Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices such as "Shared Lane Markings" and "Bicycles May Use Full Lane."

The schedule for upcoming meetings is online, including a March 11 "Planning Commission Workshop on Advertised Plan Amendment," March 24 Planning Commission Public Hearing, with an April Board of Supervisors Public Hearing.

Over the next few days we'll review the new plan language and develop suggested comments. The bicycle language is much improved from earlier versions, but our main concern continues to be the lack of any bicycle accommodations on Routes 7 and 123, through the heart of Tysons: "It should be noted that bicycles [sic] facilities are shown on Route 7 and Route 123 entering Tysons. It is anticipated, as shown on the Countywide Trails Plan, that these will be off-road facilities. However, bicycle facilities within Tysons will be provided on alternate routes."

[Update: 15 Jan 2010 - There will be two opportunities for public comments on the current plan draft before the formal public hearings: Jan. 27, 2010, 7:00 pm, Conference Rooms 4/5 & February 11, 2010, 7:00 pm, Conference Rooms 2/3 - Speakers will be allowed up to five minutes on either date to present comments to the committee (please sign up in advance through the PC website or call 703-324-2865).]

A related development is reported in today's Post: Metro-oriented neighborhood is planned for Tysons Corner. The article describes a prototype demonstration project adjacent to the planned Tysons West metro station intended to test some of the assumptions contained in the new Tysons plan. We're anxious to see detailed site plans.

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