Thursday, June 6, 2013

Evolution of Transportation meeting June 12

Fairfax County is hosting a discussion entitled the Evolution of Transportation. The county is undergoing some major changes, from being a mostly suburban county in which most growth was low-density suburban housing to a more urban place where new development is mixed-use around transit centers.

As a result, we need to figure out better ways to move people. Big roads don't work where pedestrian and bicycle movement is encouraged. Mixed use developments allow people to walk and bike to many more places.

Bicyclists played a major role in the evolution of transportation nationwide. In the late 1800's/early 1900's bicyclists led the Good Roads Movement to advocate for a network of paved roads:
The Good Roads Movement was officially founded in May 1880, when bicycle enthusiasts, riding clubs and manufacturers met in Newport, Rhode Island to form the League of American Wheelmen to support the burgeoning use of bicycles and to protect their interests from legislative discrimination. The League quickly went national and in 1892 began publishing Good Roads Magazine. In three years circulation reached a million. Early movement advocates enlisted the help of journalists, farmers, politicians and engineers in the project of improving the nation's roadways, but the movement took off when it was adopted by bicyclists.
Some FABB members will be riding to the event, which will be held at Angelika Theater in the Mosaic District. See our earlier blog entry about that area. Thanks to Chairman Bulova's office for including Biking Directions on the RSVP page.

From the Evolution of Transportation RSVP page:
Join Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova for an exciting opportunity to learn more about the County we live and work in!

From buffalo trails to roads and rails, this event will be a fun and interesting look at how Fairfax County’s transportation network evolved over time and what the future holds for transportation in the region.

Speakers include: Federal Transit Administrator Peter Rogoff, Congressman Gerry Connolly, and a panel discussion moderated by Adam Tuss from NBC4 and panelists David Alpert from Greater Greater Washington, Josh Sawislak from the Mobile Work Exchange, and Frank Weith of Volkswagen of America. A video production titled The History of Transportation in Fairfax County, produced by Channel 16, will also be screened.

Free Admission. Free Parking. Open to all.

Food, beer, and wine are available for purchase in the lobby. Enjoy them during the event!

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