Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Bicycle master plan kickoff meeting

A key piece of FABB advocacy for many years has been for the County to prepare a master plan for bicycling over the next decade in our area. This plan would build on existing information and create a coordinated long-term strategy for the County for developing bicycling facilities and other components of a bicycling culture.

We are very pleased to report that the kickoff meeting for the second phase of the county bicycle master plan, which will encompass the entire county minus the greater Tysons area, was held on June 28. Fairfax County has contracted with Cambridge Systematics/Toole Design Group to create the plan. The bicycle master plan advisory committee (BAC) is comprised of representatives from the Board of Supervisors, the Trails and Sidewalks Committee, the Transportation Advisory Commission, MORE, VDOT, and county staff and includes FABB representation also. Five BAC meetings are planned during the yearlong process.

The plan team have divided the county into 8 planning areas. Public workshops will be held in each planning area. Two countywide public meetings will be held and there will likely be 5 formal public hearings before adoption of the final plan. A final draft is anticipated in March 2012. A project website will be online soon with all pertinent documents, meeting dates, etc.

There will be many opportunities for everyone to participate in the process and we greatly encourage you to provide input. Stay tuned as we will provide alerts and guidance as the project proceeds. See the county bike plan page for info about the Tysons plan.

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