Friday, March 30, 2012

Central Fairfax bike plan meeting

The last of the eight bike plan subarea public meetings was held at Daniels Run Elementary School in the City of Fairfax last night. The school is fortunate that there is an extensive trail system leading to both the front and rear of the school. Several bikes were locked to sign posts in front of the school.

Even though the City of Fairfax is technically not part of the Fairfax Co Bicycle Master Plan, it is located in the center of the county and many county routes traverse the city including the Vienna Metro to GMU route. Several City staff were present and received a round of applause when introduced.

It was noted that the City is working to become more bike friendly, helping to establish the GMU to Vienna Metro route and recently publishing the very nice Fairfax City bike route map. There will be a ride of the GMU-Vienna Metro route on April 7 at 9:30am leaving from Oasis Bike Works. It's great that the City can take advantage of the work being done on the county bike plan. Recommendations for possible routes in the City will be included in the plan recommendations. It was suggested that the City Planning Commission and Council be briefed on the plan.

There was a brief discussion of what data are being used to develop the plan. It was noted that options such as the road diets on Lawyers Road and Soapstone Drive in Reston have proven to be very effective for calming traffic and creating space for bicyclists. Four lanes were reduced to two lanes and a center turn lane with bike lanes.

The bike plan contractor, Toole Design Group, and the county will now synthesize all the data collected during the eight public meetings and prepare the final draft route network that will be presented to the Bicycle Advisory Committee at their April 11 meeting. The next major phase of the process is to hold several thematic and technical focus group meetings to gather policy and programmatic recommendations. Those meetings will occur in April and May. For more info see the Bike Plan website.

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