Thursday, September 1, 2011

Fairfax Co Bike Plan website announced

At the second bicycle advisory committee (BAC) meeting for the county bicycle master plan, the plan consultant, Toole Design Group, announced the release of the public website for the Countywide Bicycle Transportation Plan for Fairfax County. Information about the upcoming geographic area meetings will be announced on the Meeting Schedule page once that information is finalized. The first meeting will cover the Clifton area and is tentatively scheduled for September 27, location TBD. As you can imagine, scheduling 8 geographic meetings and 6 thematic meetings will be a major challenge.

The presentation from the BAC meeting will also be posted on the new website. During the meeting we discussed an online mapping tool developed by the other consultant, Cambridge Systematics, to allow BAC members to comment on proposed bike facilities. During the Tysons bike planning process cyclists had access to a similar tool, Community Walk, to provide their input. It's not clear yet whether that tool will be available again for the countywide process.

We also discussed goals for the plan. There was consensus that we need to spend the time necessary to ensure that we have a process for identifying the major goals and a plan for implementing them. To be effective, it will require a commitment of resources from county officials to implement the identified goals. Given the current lack of resources and the challenge of working with VDOT, which controls most roads in the county, it's important that this commitment be stated early in the process.

Check the new Countywide Bicycle Transportation Plan website for additional info.



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