Fairfax Police release video of bike theftSecurity cameras recorded video of a bike theft in progress at The Shelby, an apartment complex on N. Kings Hwy near Route 1. Fairfax County Police are asking for help in identifying the thieves. See the news release Help Us Solve This Bicycle Larceny copied below the video:
There have been 660 bicycles stolen in Fairfax County from January 2014-YTD 2015.
Help prevent theft; tips from the Washington Area Bicyclist Association:http://www.waba.org/resources/preventing-bicycle-theft/.
Approved TDM Plan recommends expanded Bicycle Program and staffTransportation Demand Management Plan 2016-2021 (p. 359). A major recommendation of the plan is funding for a "Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator." This position would be in addition to the existing Bicycle Coordinator and Pedestrian Coordinator positions.
FABB has been advocating for funding for Bike Fairfax since the Bicycle Master Plan was adopted in October 2014. Funding for the Bicycle Program was eliminated in 2010 so almost no funds are available for non-infrastructure activities. We're very encouraged by this latest development.
The Fairfax County Bicycle Program is housed in the FCDOT’s Capital Projects Division. The program’s budget is for capital projects only, and is used primarily for developing bicycle lanes and parking. The countywide Bicycle Master Plan (Phase I for Tysons Corner was completed in 2011)13 includes goals and objectives related to education and outreach. However, without available funding for programming, the Bike Program is looking to develop partnerships to implement outreach and education activities. Over the next few years, the Bike Program hopes to extend the regional Capital Bikeshare system into Fairfax County, starting with bikeshare stations in Reston, Tysons Corner and Merrifield. With the introduction of bikeshare, marketing and education will be even more important. The FCTSG TDM program can help promote bicycling as a transportation option by providing information on bicycle transportation options and bicycle education. FCTSG can also distribute accessories (i.e., bike lights and pant clips) to promote bicycle safety and contact information for the Bicycle Program staff. Another way to support the bicycling in Fairfax County could be to help provide funds for automatic bicycle counters, so that the county can begin to collect data on bicycle (and pedestrian) travel.
Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinator Priority: High
This enhancement would fund a dedicated position responsible for encouraging walking and biking in Fairfax County, by raising awareness of existing facilities and connectivity, and promoting safe bicycling and pedestrian behaviors. Fairfax County has invested, and continues to invest in bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure through the capital projects program. However, programming around bicycle and pedestrian transportation – which is critical to encouraging use, particularly among new users – is needed. A dedicated bicycle and pedestrian coordinator would support broad marketing of bicycling, including educational events focused on bicycle safety and promotion of a positive culture and attitudes around bicycling and walking, as well as support in establishment of bike sharing in the county.
Economic competitiveness of Fairfax CountyIn order to be competitive with nearby jurisdictions, Fairfax County needs to transform into a community where more people are able to get around without a car, to safely walk (and bike) to nearby destinations and have access to better transit options. That's the gist of an opinion piece written by Gerald Gordon, president of Fairfax County Economic Development Authority (EDA).
Update: See the FABB blog entry on the recently approved Transportation Demand Management Plan 2016-2021 that includes funding for staff to conduct encouragement and education activities.
Faces of Fairfax - USAF Lt. Col. Paul Ferguson
|Lt. Col. Paul Ferguson|
Meeting to discuss paving the Cross County Trail in Wakefield Parkpublic meeting to discuss the project will be held at 7 p.m. on October 15, 2015 at Kings Glen Elementary School Cafeteria, 5401 Danbury Forest Drive, Springfield, VA.
The paved surface will be easier to maintain and provide a much better surface for most trail users. Even so, some opposition is expected. Cyclists are encouraged to attend the meeting to learn more about the project and voice your support.
From the county meeting announcement:
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The Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail is one of the most heavily used trails systems in Fairfax County. The Park Authority’s project includes paving approximately 7,800 linear feet of the trail in Wakefield Park between Braddock Road and Americana Park. The proposed route will follow the existing gravel trail, will be approximately eight to ten feet wide, and will be designed to minimize the impact to natural resources contained within the park. The Park Authority’s project team includes environmental and historic resource professionals who will be closely involved in the design process and will work to ensure that any impacts are limited.
For comments or questions about the project, please call Project Manager Bill Boston at 703-324-2710 or send email to William.email@example.com.
DC second grade students receive bike safety educationAll second graders in DC public schools now have the opportunity to learn to ride a bike. Starting this year physical education teachers will hold four 50-minute lessons on bike safely. District DOT and private donors purchased 1,000 bikes to be used in the classes.
From the Washington Post article All D.C. public school students will learn to ride a bike in second grade:
The unit also reflects efforts across the country to make physical education classes more accessible and useful, with less focus on competitive sports and more attention to healthy lifestyles and fitness habits.
“This a lifelong skill,” said Miriam Kenyon, director of health and physical education for D.C. Public Schools. “It’s a way students can get to school and it’s also a way they can exercise with their family. It promotes independence, and it’s a good way to get around.”
New signal at W&OD Trail/Cedar Lane intersection
|RRFB bases installed at Cedar Lane and ready|
for the posts to be mounted
Trail users push a button and lights will flash warning motorists that someone wants to cross. It’s not a typical red traffic signal. The lights are amber and they use an irregular flash pattern. While motorists are not required to stop, the lights certainly get their attention the signals have been shown to be very effective if used properly.
For the signals to work, trail users must push the ped button. Unlike most traffic signals, the amber lights flash immediately after the button is pushed. While motorists are not required to stop for the
|Belmont Ridge RRFB|
Image: Google Maps Streetview
Personally I think the RRFB is a much better safety measure than a traditional traffic signal where trail users are required by law to wait until they get a green WALK signal. If they are involved in a crash and they had entered the crosswalk without the WALK signal, they would be found at fault.
Let's see how these signals work. There will be an initial learning period but we think they will be a definite improvement at the Cedar Lane crossing.
Free rides on Fairfax Connector Sept. 29Fairfax Connector is offering free rides on all buses on Tuesday, September 29. All buses have bike racks located on the front of the bus that can carry 2 bikes. If you've ever wanted to try using the racks to extend your trip, this is a great opportunity.
“Our vision is to provide a world class transportation system for Fairfax County that enhances the mobility of people and goods, the safety of our communities, and the quality of life of our residents.”said Tom Biesiadny, Director of Fairfax County Department of Transportation. “ Moreover, we are working to decrease congestion by increasing the use of transit, carpools, vanpools, biking, walking, telework and flexible work schedules. Fairfax Connector plays an important part in these efforts.”
To celebrate Fairfax Connector’s 30th anniversary, all passengers can ride Connector for free, system-wide, on Tuesday, Sept 29, 2015. For information on routes, schedules and tips for riding Connector, visit www.fairfaxconnector.com.
Fairfax Connector is the largest local bus system in the Northern Virginia region transporting 35,000 passengers on 84 routes daily. For more information about Connector service, visit www.fairfaxconnector.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 703-339-7200, TTY 711. You can also follow us on Twitter @ffxconnector and with #RethinkYourCommute, or like us on Facebook /fairfaxconnector.
Peter Norton discusses his book Fighting TrafficFighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City at the George Mason University Arlington campus. Peter is Assistant Professor in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Virginia. After his talk there will be a panel discussion on "Shaping the Urban Environment Through Multimodal Transportation."
From the meeting announcement:
Who do the streets really belong to?Join us for a special evening discussing transportation, how we got here and where we are going. First a presentation by Peter Norton on his (highly) acclaimed book “Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City" followed by a "Pizza & Perspectives" panel discussion with local transportation experts on “Shaping the Urban Environment through Multimodal Transportation", Founders Hall Multi-Purpose room, at the George Mason University campus in Arlington on October 6. The event is free to all.
Date: October 6, 2015
Location: Founders Hall, Arlington Campus
Location: Founders Hall, Room 111
Time: 4:30pm - Reception and Light Refreshments
5:00pm - Professor Peter Norton's Presentation Several signed copies of Professor Norton's book will be raffled off after the presentation.
Location: Founders Hall Multipurpose Room
Time: 6:00pm - Pizza and Perspectives Panel Discussion with Transportation Experts Topic: Shaping the Urban Environment Through Multimodal Transportation
7:15pm - Wrap up
Please RSVP for PART 1 of the program as space is limited. An RSVP is not needed for PART 2 of the program. Thank you and we look forward to sharing the evening with you.
Paved Trails Most Important Park FacilityOn September 9, 2015, the Fairfax County Park Authority released its Needs Assessment Results. The countywide, statistically valid sample shows that walking and bicycle trails are the most important park facility.
Respondents were asked "Park, Play Areas, Gardens, Trails, Equestrian, Nature or Historic
Parks or Facilities that are MOST IMPORTANT to Households." Paved walking/biking trails were ranked the highest of any other possible options, above "Large regional parks, Small community parks, and Unpaved walking/biking trails, etc."
The Assessment is important as it will guide future spending decisions within parks. When respondents were asked which facilities they were "Willing to fund with county tax dollars," "Expand/renovate walking/biking trails" ranked highest. Trails were also the facilities that were used the most by respondents, and they ranked the highest in unmet needs.
According to the Park Authority, the Needs Assessment will be used to:
- Create a long term capital improvement plan for renovations, new facilities and land acquisition
- Guide capital funding allocation to County park resources that meet community needs
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Faces of Fairfax - Four FCPS Friends
|Elaine Tholen, Jennifer Allard, Erin Sylves, and Evie Ifantides|
Jennifer and Erin were taking advantage of Bike to Work Day to try out bike commuting. while Evie, who is a member of the City of Fairfax Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, and Elaine, an environmental educator for the county, said they regularly commute by bike to the FCPS office in Merrifield.
Evie said “I love riding to work because I see so many more people. People say hello… I have much more interaction with people than when I drive.”
Rt. 7 Corridor Improvements Public Information Meeting September 24VDOT will hold a public information meeting to present proposals that will affect 6.9 miles of Route 7 between Reston Avenue and Jarrett Valley Drive just outside Tysons. Some of the Route 7 Corridor Improvements project proposals include the widening of the road from four to six lanes, intersection improvements, and the addition of 10-foot wide shared-used paths on both sides of the road. The project will connect to bike facilities planned as part of the Route 7 over Dulles Toll Road project.
|Route 7 leading into Tysons. |
(Photo courtesy of VDOT)
Cyclists are encouraged to attend the meeting and speak out in support of the project, which is intended to expand mobility for cyclists and pedestrians.
Widening this high-volume route has been part of Fairfax County's Comprehensive Plan for many years. When completed, it will link northern and western Fairfax with the county's planned revitalization of Tysons area.
Meetings with VDOT also will be available by request in October and November. A new project website will be available in late September with updated content and a feature for requesting these meetings.
You may also send comments about the project to Ms. Angel Tao, Deputy Project Manager, VDOT Northern Virginia District Office, 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA, 22030 or to ConnectRoute7@vdot.virginia.gov
University Dr. Road Diet Public Hearing September 29
|University Dr. at Sager Ave. looking north|
Image from Google Maps Streetview
This section of University is an important bicycle connection between George Mason University and the City of Fairfax. Reducing the travel lanes from 2 lanes in each direction to 1 regular lane and a bike lane in each direction will greatly benefit cyclists traveling between the two destinations.
The project will be evaluated for one year to determine whether or not to make it a permanent change. Cyclists are encouraged to attend the hearing and speak out in support of the project.
To learn more about the project before the public hearing see a copy of the City Council presentation.
I-66 Preferred Alternative Includes Parallel Multi-use TrailToday VDOT released their preferred option for the I-66 Outside the Beltway widening project, called the Preferred Alternative. According a video describing the Preferred Alternative design, the parallel trail is included, either inside the right-of-way or on local streets. Bike and ped facilities are also planned on the rebuilt bridges across I-66.
The image above shows in blue where the trail is located inside the right-of-way, and in yellow on local streets. Two major sections in Fairfax County are located on local streets, between Nutley Street and Blake Lane and between Route 50 and the Fairfax Co Parkway. Major changes will likely be needed to make those local roads bike-friendly.
Inside the I-66 right-of-way (east to west): Gallows Road to Nutley Street, Blake Lane to Route 50, Fairfax Co Parkway to Route 29.
Local streets (east to west): Nutley Street to Blake Lane (either Virginia Center Blvd/Country Creek Rd on the north or Saintsbury Dr on the south), Route 50 to Fairfax Co Parkway (possibly Random Hills Rd to Monument Dr to Fair Lakes Parkway), and Route 29 to Haymarket.
It's critical that cyclists attend upcoming meetings to learn more about the plans and to support a safe, connected parallel trail:
Monday, October 19, 2015
Oakton High School
2900 Sutton Road, Vienna, VA 22181
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
VDOT Northern Virginia District Office
4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
From the Preferred Alternative Video:
Comment on N Kings Hwy Intersection Improvements
- Removal of the existing traffic signal at North Kings Highway and School Stree.
- Conversion of School Street to a right-in/right-out access.
Misconceptions about bike infrastructure
|Tysons of the future.|
Image from Fairfax County
The publication is an excellent resource for transportation professionals and advocates who want to use Federal funding to make their communities more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly. Below is an extract from the document. See the link above for the full document including references to resources.
This document is important for those hoping to transform our major roads like Routes 1, 7, and 50 into more bike-friendly roads. These roads are part of the National Highway System (NHS), and in the past traffic engineers have resisted some changes to these roads that would make them more complete streets. The new document addresses misconceptions about what can and cannot be done on NHS roads.
Fairfax County is holding a meeting on September 17 at 7 p.m. at the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, 4050 Legato Road, Suite 400, Fairfax, VA 22033 to discuss the next round of Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) projects to be submitted by the county. Please considering attending that meeting to provide input.
Environmental Review Misconception
Labels: cmaq, congestion mitigation air quality, fast lane, fhwa, highway safety improvement program, hsip, national highway system, nhs, stp, surface transportation program, transportation alternatives
Faces of Fairfax - The Bueschers
|Heather, Isabel, and Mia Buescher|
The Vienna Town Green, located at 144 Maple Avenue East in Vienna, features water fountains and benches that bikers can use for a quick break from their rides. The park frequently features various musical and other live performances.
Introducing Faces of FairfaxHumans of New York photographs and blog and by BikePittsburgh’s “Drive With Care” public service campaign to try to personalize Fairfax County’s bicyclists for the larger public. During last May’s Bike to Work Day, FABB members took pictures of numerous bikers and asked them about themselves and their biking habits. Starting today and over the next few months, we will be posting what we modestly call “Faces of Fairfax” to show the breadth, depth, and humanity of cyclists here in northern Virginia.
Special thanks to FABB interviewers/photographers Alan Young, Bruce Wright, Douglas Stewart, Sonya Breehy, and Stiven Foster.
Successful Clips Beer & Film Tour in Reston
|Beer Tent volunteer training|
|Beer Tent volunteers early in the evening|
|Clips Films on Market St|
|Town Center Pavilion|
Transforming the Town Center for Tonight's Clips Event
|FABB volunteers Jeff and Tom with|
New Belgium staff to assemble lounge chairs
FABB volunteers and the crew from New Belgium Brewing Co are working hard setting up the token sales and beer pouring stations, lounge chairs, and the inflatable screen for displaying the short films. Food trucks from Doug the Food Dude and BaconN'Ed's will also be there.
Come on out and enjoy some eclectic short films, some exotic and rare New Belgium beers, and support FABB's work to make Fairfax a better place to Bike.
We hope to see you at the Reston Town Center tonight. Volunteers from The Bike Lane will be there to provide free bike valet service so hop on your bike and head to Reston.
|Tables and stools are ready for|
beer sipping customers
|Transforming the Town Center Pavilion|
for Clips Beer & Film Tour
Labels: clips beer and film
Reston Clips Beer & Film Tour - Rain or ShineReston's Clips Beer & Film Tour is tomorrow, Thursday, Sept. 10 at the Reston Town Center. While it looks like rain may pass through the area, the event will be held as scheduled. Come on out to sample some of New Belgium Brewery's more exotic beers while enjoying a series of short films displayed on a large portable (waterproof) screen. FABB receives all proceeds from the event.
The Town Center Pavilion is covered and even if there is some rain you will still be able to enjoy the event. When has a little rain stopped intrepid cyclists? That's why rain gear was invented. This is one of FABB's only fund raising events this year; proceeds will help us work with the county to implement the Bicycle Master Plan and for us to be more effective in advocating for an extension of the Custis Trail outside the Beltway parallel to I-66. We hope to see you tomorrow in Reston.
Vesper Trail Lighting Meeting Tonight at 7pm
|Vesper Trail, the green line between 17 and 24|
This proposed trail (between 17 and 24 on the map) is an important connection between residential neighborhoods in the northeast part of Vienna and Tysons and the Spring Hill Metro station. Lighting along the trail will make the trail safer for cyclists and others. Cyclists are encouraged to attend to find out more about the project.
Ghost Bike Memorial to Andrew Gooden
A gofundme site is accepting donations "to raise money for his Wife and Children back in Jamaica so that they may have the opportunity to live the lives Andrew worked so hard for them to have. Any donations will be greatly appreciated and given to Andrew's wife to help pay for funeral costs, and care of his soon to be 3 children." $5,756 has been raised so far.
The crash is still under investigation. We will post any new information as it is released.
Car Free Day is September 22 - Join #teambikeFrom Commuter Connections:
Pledge for Car Free Day and Choose Your Team!
Demonstrate Support for a Greener Commute by Choosing #teambike, #teamwalk, #teamrail, #teambus, #teampool or #teamtelework on September 22!
Washington D.C. — This year metropolitan Washington area commuters, residents, and students who pledge to go car free or car-lite on Car Free Day, Tuesday, September 22 can join the team that best fits their preferred way to travel—and qualify for drawings for great prizes. Commuter Connections invites participants to choose #teambike, #teamwalk, #teamrail, #teambus, #teampool or #teamtelework when they register at www.carfreemetrodc.org, to show how they travel, and post stories about the benefits of alternatives to driving alone on social media. Travelers trying a new mode for the first time—and those who already travel car free—can take the pledge.
Commuter Connections, the region’s commuter transportation network coordinated by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, organizes the annual event in the metropolitan Washington area to encourage travelers to try a train, bus, bicycle, car or vanpool, or walk instead of driving alone. Celebrated in 1,500 cities in 40 counties, World Car Free Day is an annual event that challenges everyone who drives a car to try greener, more efficient transportation options that can be integrated into their daily lives.
“Car Free Day is a great opportunity to get commuters who drive alone thinking about an alternate mode of commuting. And that is an important first step,” said Nicholas Ramfos, Commuter Connections Director. “Our research, the 2013 State of the Commute, shows that among commuters who started using a new alternate mode within the past three years, about one-third shifted from driving alone.”
Information on team travel options and ridematching is available at the Commuter Connections website. Site visitors can set up a free account and request a ridematch, make carpooling plans, and learn about other transportation opportunities to decrease the number of single-occupant vehicles on the road and congestion around the region.
Labels: car free day
Cyclist who was killed was lifeguard from Jamaica
|Photo from Andrew Gooden gofundme page|
Andrew leaves behind his wife Denise, 2 children with a baby due to be born in October. Andrew arrived to work in the US from Jamaica in 2014 and returned again in 2015 as a lifeguard and pool manager. He was loved by his friends, coworkers and clients alike.
We are creating this webpage in order to raise money for his Wife and Children back in Jamaica so that they may have the opportunity to live the lives Andrew worked so hard for them to have. Any donations will be greatly appreciated and given to Andrew's wife to help pay for funeral costs, and care of his soon to be 3 children.
If you would like to donate with cash or check you can send it to:
Andrew Gooden c/o Community Pool Service
7668 Standish Place, Suite C,
Rockville, MD 20855.
100% of donations will be given to his wife and children.
September-October 2015 FABB Newsletter
Clips Beer & Film Tour in Reston on September 10
New Belgium Brewing Company’s Clips Beer & Film Tour is a celebration of handmade films, handmade beers and community benefiting FABB. Join us at the Reston Town Center on Thursday, September 10 from 7-10 p.m. Sample some of New Belgium Brewery's more exotic beers while enjoying short films displayed on a large portable screen. Films begin at 8:30 p.m. All proceeds raised at the event go toward helping FABB make Fairfax County a better place to bike.
Everyone is encouraged to ride, walk, or take transit. The Bike Lane will provide free bike valet. Everyone must have a valid government-issued ID to purchase beer tokens. Water stations will be available so bring your water bottle. See the Reston Clips Tour Facebook page for more info.
Progress On Parallel Trail Along I-66 Outside the Beltway
VDOT is refining the design of the I-66 parallel trail to reduce the right of way impacts on residents. VDOT is also trying to reduce at-grade conflicts at ramp crossings using bridges or tunnels. We expect to see the preferred alternative for the trail in mid-September. Public meetings in Fairfax County will be held Monday, October 19, 2015 at Oakton High School
2900 Sutton Road, Vienna, VA 22181 and Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at VDOT Northern Virginia District Office, 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030. The meetings go from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Please plan to attend one of these meetings to learn more about the parallel trail and the bicycle facilities planned for the rebuilt bridges crossing I-66.
Reston Bicycle Club Donates Mobile Bike Counter to Fairfax County
Thanks to a generous donation by Reston Bicycle Club and help from Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling, Fairfax County recently took possession of their first-ever automated bike counter. The mobile counter will allow Fairfax to begin to establish bicycle and pedestrian counts at locations around the county.
Counts are transmitted automatically to a central server and are accessible by the county using custom software from Eco Counter. That data can be displayed on a publicly accessible dashboard the following day, similar to Arlington's Counter Dashboard.
Eventually Fairfax County hopes to have a network of counters. The counters would be part of an annual performance tracking program that is recommended by the recently approved Bicycle Master Plan. The counts would be used "to both establish a baseline assessment of bicycle activity in Fairfax County, and to track on an annual basis the implementation and performance of the Master Plan."
Help FABB Identify Bike Rack Locations in Fairfax County
Conveniently located, good quality bike parking is an important way to encourage more people to bike. Many bike destinations either have no bike parking or the racks provided are inadequate or incorrectly installed. The county is making some progress. Bicycle Parking Guidelines were recently presented to the Board of Supervisors. The county also recently ordered 35 inverted U bike racks to be placed where needed on county property.
To improve bike parking in the county, help us locate and map existing bike racks. Rackspotter is a web-app that Arlington County is using to map bike racks. The application is now available for mapping racks in the greater DC area. The app allows you to identify the rack type, capacity, and location. You can also add a photo of the rack. As you travel around the county, why not take a minute to map bike racks that you encounter.
Provide Feedback to VDOT on Biking Conditions in Northern Virginia
VDOT is updating the Northern Virginia Regional Bikeway and Trail Network Study completed in 2004. NoVa cyclists are encouraged to participate in a survey to provide feedback to the study team on the current state of cycling in the NoVa area and future needs. FABB is part of the team that is working with VDOT to update the study.
Fairfax High and Middle School Students Can Ride Connector Buses for Free
Fairfax County is experimenting with allowing high school and middle school students to ride Fairfax Connector buses for free to get to and from school, to after school jobs, and other activities. Students must apply for a pass that is valid on Fairfax Connector buses between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. M-F. In-school outreach is being done at five target high schools. See the FABB blog for more info and a link to a video about the program. We were pleased to see a student demonstrating how to use the bus bike racks in the video.
NVRC Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Events
On August 7 and August 22, Northern Virginia Regional Commission (NVRC), Inova Trauma Center, and FCPS Safe Routes to School (SRTS), along with League Cycling Instructor Kelley, put on pedestrian and bicycling safety events at two apartment complexes on Rt. 1 in Alexandria. The communities were selected under a VA Department of Motor Vehicles Grant because they have experienced pedestrian and/or bicycle fatalities in interactions with motorists.
FCPS SRTS put on bike rodeos, Inova distributed helmets, NVRC gave information in English and Spanish about safe use of the roads and crosswalks, and Kelley instructed about helmet use, the importance of lights, and signaling. On the 22nd, two young mechanics from Phoenix Bikes and volunteers from VeloCity provided minor bike maintenance. The coalition of partners will host another event in Herndon on September 19. For more information or to volunteer, contact Kelley at email@example.com. Spanish language skills particularly sought.
Incremental Progress Improving Multi-modal Transportation - by FABB member Paul Kent
We are seeing incremental change in multi-modal transportation. Many have seen bicycles of all different types (and condition) locked to anything vertical at entrances of Metro stations in NoVa. Bike lockers were installed at stations but they cannot be expanded easily so why not install a secure bicycle room with greater capacity?
A while back though, money was found to improve bus stops in Fairfax County. Concrete pads were installed and some shelters were also installed. Now we are seeing bicycles locked to the posts of shelters in what is a clear indication of the appeal and utility of multi-modal transportation. All Fairfax Connector buses have dual bike racks on the front that have become so popular, bicyclists now are reluctant to use them for fear the rack will be full when the bus arrives at their stop.
Reflecting on this, while I have multiple bicycles at my disposal, a year in review finds I most often reached for my folding bicycle, which follows me on the bus and Metro to get me pretty much anywhere I want to go in the greater Washington Metropolitan Area, and back.
More and more on-road bicycle facilities are appearing. While painfully slow for some, the dots are being connected, making cycling available to an ever greater proportion of the 1 million-plus inhabitants of Fairfax County.
There is much to cheer us, even as we face a mountain of work ahead.
One step at a time.
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