Tuesday, May 4, 2010

FABB's 5th Anniversary recap

A few FABB members got together last night at Auld Shebeen in Fairfax City to celebrate 5 years of bicycle advocacy in Fairfax County. Some of the people who attended the very first meeting were on hand to reminisce about our work over the past 5 years.

It was appropriate that we sat under a sign that read "Connolly Station" (in the upper right under the clock in the photo). It was under the leadership of Chairman Gerry Connolly that the Board of Supervisors approved the creation of the bike coordinator position, funding for the county bicycle map, and funding for on-road bike projects.

Since that time we've made progress but support for the comprehensive bicycle initiative created by now-Congressman Connolly hasn't been the same among Board members. We hope to get back on track as the economy improves over the coming years.

Later in the evening we were joined by folks from the GMU Bike Village. They rode over from the nearby campus, serenaded by Antoine's great music-in-a-footlocker that he tows behind his bike. It's powered by a car battery. It would make a great lead vehicle for a future critical mass (or critical manners) ride through the streets of Fairfax later this summer. Stay tuned.



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