Tuesday, September 20, 2011

FABB's Fionnuala Quinn receives WABA Advocacy award

Fionnuala (right) at the Tysons plan tour
At last night's WABA Annual Member's Meeting Fionnuala Quinn, vice-chair of FABB, received WABA's Bicycle Advocacy Award for 2011. Congratulations Fionnuala! The award is well-deserved for all of the hard work she has done with FABB and as the primary author of the Guide for Reviewing Public Road Design and Bicycling Accommodations for Virginia Bicycling Advocates. Fionnuala also was a major force behind the Women Cycling Project.

The Guide has been well-received locally, regionally and nationally. Earlier this year FABB received the Alliance for Biking and Walking 2011 Alliance Advocacy Award for producing the Guide. Over 13,000 women responded to the Survey on Women Cycling for Transportation, part of the Women in Cycling Project, and several reports have been written based on the survey.

Fionnuala also gave the keynote address at last night's meeting in which she discussed the Guide and the Women Cycling Project. She stressed that "good design costs the same as bad design" so why not ensure that our roads are designed for all road users. She also discussed the importance of creating riding conditions so that more women feel comfortable using bicycles for transportation.

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