Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Faces of Fairfax - Matt Merrill and Allison Schwartz
|Allison Schwartz (left) and Matt Merrill.|
Matt “Viking to Work” Merrill and the equestrian-themed Allison Schwartz spoke to FABB at the Vienna pitstop on Bike to Work Day. Reston-resident Matt, perhaps not surprisingly, told us that he rides for fun and to make people smile. Allison commutes by bike from her home in Arlington to Reston but stressed that fun, exercise and being outside are the main reasons she rides. In response to our question about what would make bicycling better in Fairfax County, Allison asked for more bike lanes and better clearance at intersections while Matt simply requested that everyone “please follow the rules.”
FABB agrees with these suggestions and continues to advocate for the completion of the Fairfax County Bicycle Master Plan. In particular, FABB is seeking the implementation of bike safety education curriculum in county schools, updated Virginia Driver Education curriculum, and public education campaigns on sharing the road, safety at trail/roadway crossings, and other trail safety issues.