Monday, September 29, 2014

Bike plan public hearing on Wednesday

On Wednesday the Planning Commission will hold their public hearing on the Bicycle Master Plan. It was almost exactly 5 years ago, on October 6, 2009, that Supervisor McKay, at the request of FABB, asked the Board of Supervisors to "endorse the concept" of a bicycle master plan for the county. Shortly after that the county started the first phase of the plan in Tysons. That plan was completed in April 2011. The countywide Bicycle Master Plan was completed in July 2012.

It's been a long, slow process but the end of the planning process, and we hope the beginning of a revitalized bicycle program, is in sight. I hope that you can attend the public hearing on Wed. The meeting begins at 8:15 p.m. at the Fairfax County Government Center in the Board Auditorium. There is one case before the bike plan. The public hearing on that case was held earlier so the Planning Commission only needs to make a decision and it could happen quickly.

It would be great to have a number of cyclists in the room, not necessarily speaking but showing their support for the plan. I'll be speaking on behalf of FABB and will ask supporters to stand at one point in my testimony. A  number of other supporters of the plan have also signed up to speak. If you haven't done so already, please sign our FABB Bicycle Master Plan petition hosted by WABA.

FABB and others have worked hard to get to this point. Adoption of the bike plan will ensure that bicyclists "will be treated as valid users of the roadway and accommodated as a necessary element of all roadway improvement projects."

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