Saturday, October 27, 2012

Successful Fairfax Bike Summit

We had a great Fairfax Bike Summit today at George Mason University. An impressive lineup of speakers discussed how Fairfax could become a more bike-friendly place. As Andy Clarke of the League of American Bicyclists said, it's not rocket science. Provide safe bicycle accommodations and people will ride.

We'll be posting more photos and a wrap-up of the event in the next few days. We'll also post copies of the presentations on the Bike Summit page. The talks were videotaped and we'll try to load some of those videos as well. We'll also post a list of the suggestions we received for moving foreword.

Thanks to all the speakers, volunteers, and participants who took time on a lovely Fall day to explore how Fairfax can become a better place to bike, which would benefit all residents by allowing people to get out of their cars for short trips, get exercise, and have fun.

Here's the list of speakers from today:

  • Supervisor Cathy Hudgins, Hunter Mill District - Welcome
  • Josh Cantor, Director of Parking and Transportation, George Mason University - Welcome
  • Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists and a Fairfax County resident - Fixing the suburbs
  • FABB member Kerie Hitt rolls
    into the Bike Summit at GMU
    Tom Biesiadny, Director of the Fairfax County Department of Transportation - Fairfax County Bicycle Master Plan
  • Aaron Georgelas, Partner, Georgelas Group - Remaking Tysons
  • Randy Dittberner, Traffic engineer, VDOT - Better Roads
  • Christine Green, National Safe Routes to School Partnership - Safe Routes to School
  • Chris Eatough, BikeArlington, six time endurance cycling world champion - BikeArlington
  • Fionnuala Quinn, Civil engineer, FABB vice chair - Who cycles? Growing Cycling Participation
  • Charlie Denney, Alta Planning+Design - Bikesharing for Fairfax
  • Anne Mader, Co-owner, The Bike Lane - Sports & Recreational Biking
  • Stewart Schwartz, Executive Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth - Future Challenge

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What an excellent event this was. Everyone was really excited to be part of a bicycling community, the format was great, the speakers uniformly excellent. Fantastic job! I hope this becomes an annual event.

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