Thursday, December 2, 2010

Loudoun Supervisors to Vote on Bicycle-Pedestrian Items

We received the following notice from Pat Turner of BikeLoudoun. The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will vote on two bicycle related items on Tuesday, December 7, with a public hearing on Monday, December 6:
Dear Fellow Bicyclist,

Next week there will be an important opportunity for you to support two bicycle resolutions that will be on the Board of Supervisors meeting agenda. Supervisor Andrea McGimsey, who has been a tireless advocate for better bicycle facilities in our county, is introducing the two items for consideration at the Dec. 7 Supervisors' meeting. The Public comment session occurs on the night before the meeting.

Action Item 7: Because federal funds directed specifically to bicycle and pedestrian projects will likely become available, the item directs the County Transportation staff to identify and prioritize a list of bicycle and pedestrian projects which can be made "shovel-ready." Jurisdictions who have a list of projects that can be initiated quickly will be more likely to receive these funds.

Action Item 8: This is a proposed plan for bike and pedestrian connectivity surrounding County metro stations. Access to the planned Loudoun metro stations on Routes 606 and 772 remains largely confined to vehicular access. Expanding bicycle and pedestrian facilities between and around metro stations will help decrease reliance on automobiles and further metro's benefits to the area along the Dulles corridor and beyond.

It is crucial that we have as many bicycle advocates as possible come to the public input session on Monday, Dec. 6, the night before the BOS meeting. The public session will be held at 7 p.m. in the Board Chamber, First Floor, at the County Government Building, 1 Harrison St., Leesburg. You can sign up to speak in advance by calling 703-771-5072 or 703-777-0200. Calls will be accepted until noon on Dec. 6.

Otherwise, you can sign up in the meeting room before the public session starts. Speakers are usually allowed only two to three minutes to comment. There will be no questions asked of you. So you see, your message need not be long--just express support for the bicycling items. If you wish, you can add your own personal comments about biking. It would be very impressive if we could have the room filled with bicyclists in their cycling jerseys.

We need to show the Board of Supervisors that bicycle accommodations and on-road bike facilities are important to us. Unless we actively support bicycling, the County may not approve these and other future bicycle plans.

Please forward this email to anyone else who may be interested. If you cannot come to speak on Dec. 6, please send comments to the entire Board of Supervisors via email at

Thanks for coming out to this important meeting.

(I'm sorry this is such short notice. The BOS agenda was just finalized)


Pat Turner & Maria Nicklin
Co-Chairs, BikeLoudoun
"Advocating for Better Bicycling in Loudoun County"

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