Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Bike access needed on I-66 in Fairfax

A Town Hall Meeting is planned on Saturday, Feb. 6 to discuss future transportation options along I-66, I-66-Today and the Future: Common Sense Solutions to Address Gridlock:
Ideas to be discussed include establishing a bus-rapid-transit system in the corridor, increasing the use of shoulder lanes, opening the Monument and Stringfellow interchanges by non-HOV vehicles outside of normal HOV hours and improvements to the interchange at I-66 and the Beltway
One commonsense solution that is in place inside the Beltway is the Custis Trail, a shared-use path along I-66. It is used heavily, especially by bike commuters. It was integrated into the design of I-66 and includes grade-separated crossings of all the entrance/exit ramps. There are also several ped/bike bridges across the road to connect communities.

In 2002 the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Planning Commission voted to include a shared-use path along the length of I-66 on the Countywide Trails Plan, part of the county Comprehensive Plan. Any discussion of "common sense solutions to gridlock" should include non-motorized access.

Cyclists are encouraged to attend the meeting and ask about bike accommodations along I-66 and to demand that any future projects include bike access.
I-66-Today and the Future: Common Sense Solutions to Address Gridlock
  • When: Saturday, February 6, 2010, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Where: Chantilly High School, Auditorium
  • 4201 Stringfellow Road
  • Chantilly, VA 20151

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