Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Bicycle Master Plan briefing to Board of Supervisors

Today Fairfax County bicycle coordinator Charlie Strunk briefed the Board of Supervisors on the DRAFT Bicycle Master Plan. He gave an overview of the process to date, a summary of key recommendations, and a timeline for adoption of the plan. The plan was completed over a year ago and it's good to see that a schedule is in place for getting the plan approved.

Below are some of the key slides from the presentation. We're counting on the Board devoting the resources needed to implement these recommendations.
Draft Key Recommendations

Implementing what’s in the Toolkit...
  • Add over 250 miles on new on-road bike lanes includinq; Tysons Corner, Reston Town Center, South Lakes Drive, Lawyers Road, Hummer Annandale Roads, Sherwood Hall Lane, Huntington Avenue, Rose Hill, Belle Haven Boulevard, Guinea Road, Government Center Parkway...
  • Install Shared Lane Markings on 123 miles of roadway
  • Examine innovative bicvcle design treatments (e.g. cycle-tracks, buffered bike lanes, climbing lanes, striped shoulders) on an additional 94 miles of roadway.
  • Add 91 miles of new shared use paths and upgrade 31 miles of existing shared use paths to provide bicycle transportation connectivity
  • Examine new pedestrian and bicvcle crossings of the beltway and other maior barriers
  • Advance over 100 spot safety improvements to improve bicycling
  • Implement a Countywide bicycle wayfinding signage proqram (e.g. McLean Demonstration)
  • Expand connectivity to activity centers and rail stations by expanding access to/from the W&OD trail, the Cross County Trail (CCT), Holmes Run, Rocky Run, South Run, and the Pohick Stream Valley.
Jump Start Plan Implementation
  • Form a Countywide Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) 
  • Launch an intensive Bike Parking Initiative
  • Partner with private sector to create a High Profile Network of Bicycle Stations
  • Implement Capital Bikeshare in the County's Urban Centers and Transit Station Areas
  • Promote Fairfax involvement in all League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly programs
  • Retrofit and open key park trails for use after dark
  • Fund a coordinated trail maintenance, resurfacing, and wayfinding sign program
  • Partner with VDOT; coordinate the annual repaving program to expand the onroad network  initiate an intersection retrofit program to eliminate barriers in the bicycle network
  • Continue the current strategy for infrastructure funding
  • Launch a law enforcement initiative
  • Address bicycle safety education and coordinate with FCPS
  • Target bike safety education programs to the most high risk constituencies
  • Focus safety education on motorist and bicyclists behavior
  • Focus on encouraging_bicycle tourism/Initiate events such as cyclovias
  • Strengthen the Fairfax County DOT Bicycle Program
  • Create “Bike Fairfax”, a bicycling encouragement program modeled after “Bike Arlington”
Next Steps
  • Currently addressing comments and modifying documents to conform to required Comprehensive Plan language (September-October)
  • Finalize final draftBicycle Master Plan Policy and merge Phase I (Greater Tysons Area) with Phase II, the rest of the County (October-November)
  • Finalizing four quadrant maps (September-November)
  • Schedule third briefing with the Planning Commission’s Transportation Subcommittee (November)
  • Schedule PC and BOS Public Hearing (early 2014)
The meeting today was an important milestone. Even though Charlie's presentation was last on the agenda and the briefing lasted only 10 minutes, the Board now has a definite timeline for adoption of the plan. Charlie laid out an important list of implementation steps that if completed, will have the potential to transform the county into a bicycle-friendly community. It is now up to FABB and cyclists around the county to build support for the plan, and most importantly, advocate for a fully funded bicycle program.

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