Monday, November 4, 2013

Successful 2013 Fairfax Bike Summit

An enthusiastic crowd attended the second Fairfax Bike Summit on Saturday. Over 160 people registered for the Summit and there were noticeably more people in attendance than last year. 

Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists, summarized what he heard at the summit and listed several actions that attendees could take to advance bicycling in Fairfax:
  • Support FABB, WABA, Virginia Bicycling Federation, and the League of American Bicyclists who are working at all levels to create bicycle-friendly communities.
  • Speak up for better bike facilities; if you don't ask, they won't get built. Fairfax County is seeing input on future transportation projects at a series of meetings this month. The next meeting is tonight at Falls Church High School. If you can't attend, take the online survey. See a list of unfunded bike projects being considered.
  • Find out more about efforts to ensure that the county considers health impacts of transportation and other policies. See the Community Health Improvement Plan.
  • Continue to mature as a movement:
    • It's not just about the bike; join others working to improve transit, livability, and walkability.
    • Our focus internally is about improving bike conditions but externally we continue to stress the need for a multimodal system; we all benefit by having more transportation options.
    • Normalize bicycling so everyone can see themselves riding for short trips. You don't need a special bike or clothes.
    • Never accept poor quality facilities. We want quality infrastructure, not bare minimum bike lanes or trails. If we want people to feel safe while riding, we need better, safer facilities.
  • Marketing is key to everything about Tysons and other new transit-oriented developments. It will be a major effort to change a culture of driving for most trips to one in which walking, biking, and transit are the norm. Part of building a world-class livable community is to actively encourage people to change how they get around. Compared to the amount of money being spent on infrastructure in Tysons, establishing encouragement programs is peanuts.
  • Tomorrow is Election Day. Find out candidate positions on transportation and whether they support bicycling, and vote. Send another message by voting by bike.
Thanks to everyone who took time out of their weekend to attend the summit, and thanks to the volunteers who worked hard throughout the year to help make it happen.

See the FABB Flickr pool for photos from the summit. Blog accounts of the summit from Rootchopper and tinlizzieridesagain. Summit tweets at #ffxbikesummit.

2013 Fairfax Bike Summit Program - A huge thanks to Tina Myers for donating her time to lay out the summit program.

WTOP report on the Summit, Virginia cyclists push for friendlier bike conditions.

Connection article Bicyclers Take Aim at Tysons: Cycling summit examines Tysons Corner accessibility.

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