Sunday, December 6, 2015

I-66 Meeting on Tues. Dec 8 - Support the Parallel Trail

FABB has been advocating for construction of a trail parallel to I-66 outside the Beltway as part of the proposed widening project. The trail  is included on the county Comprehensive Plan and has the support of the Board of Supervisors. With help from cyclists who have contacted VDOT, the trail is now included in the plans, but we are going to have to continue to speak out in support of this trail.

On December 8 you will have an opportunity to speak to the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) to support plans for extension of the Custis Trail I-66 outside the Beltway. The meeting will be held at George Mason High School, 7124 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church from 6-8 pm. Cyclists are encouraged to attend the meeting and sign up to speak in favor of the proposed parallel trail and bike facilities on the rebuilt bridges.

Information about the meeting is posted on the meetings page. See FABB's previous coverage of the project and info about our efforts to ensure that safe, convenient bike facilities are included. If the project goes forward, bicyclists should be able to travel safely along this congested corridor to commute and take short trips. The county Trails Plan and Bicycle Master Plan recommend including the parallel trail.

There are also great opportunities to improve bicycle facilities through the Inside the Beltway project. Tolling of I-66 inside the Beltway would generate an estimated $10 million/year, funds that can be used for improvements to transit, bicycling, walking and other modes. Without strong support from the public for this plan, it could easily be jettisoned as there is strong opposition from legislators whose agenda is to widen 66 inside the Beltway.

If you cannot attend the meeting you can provide comments at

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