Friday, April 23, 2010
Earth Day eventsWe attended two Earth Day events yesterday to promote bicycling for transportation. The first was held at Oracle in Reston. The office is located adjacent to the W&OD Trail, a great location for bike commuters. Several people do ride to work, although bike parking is insufficient. Those who can bring their bikes inside. Without county requirements for adequate bike parking in commercial and residential buildings, most bike parking in the county is sub-standard if it exists at all. Lack of bike parking is a major reason that people don't commute by bike.
That's Anne Mader of The Bike Lane which has a shop in the Reston Town Center. She had a table adjacent to the FABB table. She's been a supporter of FABB since the very first meeting 5 years ago. She had one of the new Trek Ride+ electric bikes, which solicited a lot of questions from Oracle employees.
The second event was the Vienna Green Expo (pdf) held later that evening. Bicyclists were well-represented with the Vienna Bicycle Advisory Commission, Spokes, Etc, bikes@vienna, and FABB providing info about bicycling to Vienna residents. Both Spokes and bikes@vienna are FABB supporters.
Bicycling is really taking off in Vienna, which has a good grid of streets, is close to Metro, and has many new, younger residents who want a walkable, bikeable lifestyle. The Bicycle Advisory Commission is developing a signed bike route to the Vienna Metro station along Courthouse Road, through Nottaway Park to Vaden Drive and the station.