Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Capital Trails Coalition Announcement Tomorrow, Oct. 13

The Capital Trails Coalition is a collaboration of public and private organizations, agencies, and citizen volunteers working to advance completion of an interconnected network of multi-use trails for metropolitan Washington, DC.  A press event will be held tomorrow, Oct. 13 to announce the formation of the Coalition. The event will take place along the Mt Vernon Trail near the Pentagon Lagoon bridge starting at 10:30 a.m.

FABB plans to be part of the Coalition. The Coalition is currently defining a regional trail network in the Metro DC area. The work is in part an outgrowth of MWCOG's Bicycle Beltway working group (doc file) and National Park Service's Paved Trail Plan

We hope to identify a bicycle beltway route in Fairfax County that would tie together the Mt Vernon and W&OD Trails and would include parts of the Franconia-Springfield Parkway and Fairfax County Parkway trails and the Cross County Trail. 

Below is a map produced by the Bicycle Beltway working group and included in their report and in the Paved Trail Plan. The green route was endorsed by the National Park Service as the National Capital Trail. As you can see, very little of that network is located in Fairfax County:

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