Monday, October 30, 2017

FABB Volunteer and Communications Coordinator Positions

FABB is still looking for volunteers to help us expand our organization and advocacy by creating, implementing, and managing FABB’s volunteer programs or by promoting FABB on social and other media. These volunteer duties can be performed at home and require a commitment of no more than 5-15 hours per week. 

Volunteer Coordinator Responsibilities:
  • Primary supervisor of FABB’s volunteer recruitment and management efforts. 
  • Organize, coordinate and manage the recruitment of volunteers for advocacy, education, encouragement, and fundraising efforts. 
  • Provide direction, coordination, and consultation for all volunteer functions.
  • Develop and promote volunteer opportunities to advance FABB’s mission.
  • Develop and implement, in conjunction with the Board of Directors, volunteer training programs. 
  • Maintain records on volunteers. 
  • Handle inquiries seeking information on volunteer opportunities. 
  • Develop and manage volunteer policies, procedures, and standards of volunteer service.
  • Work with communications coordinator to publicize opportunities for volunteers.
  • Develop and maintain relationships with other volunteer organizations within the area.
Communications Coordinator Responsibilities:
  • Primary social media coordinator.
  • Primary editor of FABB blog and bimonthly FABB newsletter (Wordpress)
  • Create original and engaging text, image and video content for FABB blog, emails, newsletter, and social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
  • Coordinate coverage of all FABB advocacy efforts and fundraising events with local media. 
  • Facilitate responses to queries and comments on social media.
  • Stay up-to-date with changes in social platforms to ensure maximum utilization and effectiveness.
  • Track web traffic and viewer interest.
  • Train, as needed, other volunteers and contributors on preparing content for FABB social media.
  • Suggest new ways to attract prospective viewers and members, such as promotions and giveaways.
For more information on this position, please contact:

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Upcoming I-66 Outside the Beltway Public Hearings

FABB members, some more opportunities to speak up and make our voices heard about the I-66 parallel trail are planned for next month. 

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), in partnership with I-66 Express Mobility Partners (EMP), will host Design Public Hearings on the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project regarding plans for the 22.5 mile corridor from I-495 to University Boulevard in Gainesville.

All of the hearings will start at 6:00 p.m. and last until 8:30 p.m. with a formal presentation beginning at 7 p.m. followed by a public comment period.

FABB hopes that members and supporters will attend at least one of the hearings near the areas where they ride.  The meeting schedule is as follows: 

For project segment 3 from Route 50 to I-495
Monday, November 13, 2017
Oakton High School Cafeteria
2900 Sutton Road, Vienna, VA 22181

For project segment 2 from Route 29 in Centreville to Route 50
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Stone Middle School Cafeteria
5500 Sully Park Drive, Centreville, VA 20120

For project segment 1 from Gainesville to Route 29 in Centreville
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Piney Branch Elementary School Cafeteria/Gym
8301 Linton Hall Road, Bristow, VA 20136

The comment period runs through November 29, 2017. If you are unable to attend the hearings, you can still review project information, including design plans, project schedule, and environmental, right of way and civil rights information, at or at VDOT's Northern Virginia District Office at 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030. 

You can email comments to or submit them via the online comment form, available at You also can mail written comments to Ms. Susan Shaw, P.E., Megaprojects Director, VDOT Northern Virginia District, 4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030. Please reference "Transform 66 Outside the Beltway" in the subject line of all correspondence.

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

CHO Holiday Bike Drive

FABB members, here is a great opportunity to pass along any outgrown or unneeded bikes you have to help others benefit from biking. The Committee for Helping Others, an all-volunteer organization that helps the needy in Vienna, Oakton, Dunn Loring, and Merrifield, is starting its annual Holiday Bike Drive. Each year CHO collects used bikes, spruces them up, and gives them to families that could use some assistance during the holidays. With the help of caring people in the area, CHO has been able to give away well over a hundred bikes each year.

Collection dates this year are Saturday, November 11, and Saturday, November 25. Collection locations are at the Vienna Presbyterian Church, 124 Park St NE, and the Marco Polo Restaurant, 245 Maple Avenue W, in Vienna. 

Please pass this announcement along to others you know who may have used bicycles they would like to donate. 

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Thursday, October 26, 2017

More New Bike Facilities in Reston (Corrected)

In August we reported on new bike lanes striped on North Shore Drive in Reston as part of VDOT's repaving program. Three more projects are now underway in Reston. Yesterday we noticed a VDOT crew adding sharrows to newly repaved Glade Drive, from Twin Branches to Glade Bank Way.

Newly installed sharrow along
spooky Glade Drive near the Nature House

VDOT crew installing sharrows on
Glade Dr.
Both Twin Branches and Colts Neck Roads were just repaved and will soon be striped. Twin Branches will have an uphill climbing lane and sharrows on the downhill side bike lanes in both directions. Colts Neck will be reduced from 4 lanes to 2 travel lanes, a center turn lane, and bike lanes between Glade Dr and South Lakes Dr Sunrise Valley Dr. FABB will be holding a FABB Social Ride in Reston in the near future to check out these new facilities. Kudos to Fairfax DOT and VDOT!

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Tysons/Old Meadow Road Improvements Workshops in November

FABB members in the Tysons area should make plans now to attend two upcoming workshops.  The good news is that the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) is designing a bicycle/pedestrian facility in the vicinity of Old Meadow Road and I-495 in the Tysons area.  To get additional input on design elements from the community, VDOT will be holding two design workshops next month.  

The plan includes a shared-use 10-foot-wide asphalt path along Old Meadow Road from Route 123 to a bridge crossing over I-495 near the intersection of Tysons One Place and Fashion Boulevard. Community input is needed on the design details including security, screening, aesthetics, lighting and architectural treatments that can be accommodated within VDOT standards and the project budget. 

The first workshop will be on Thursday, November 9, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the 
Westgate Elementary School, 7500 Magarity Road, Falls Church.

The second one also will be at Westgate Elementary and will be held on Tuesday, November 28, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

If you have any questions, contact the project manager, Abi Lerner, by email at or by telephone at 703-259-3345.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Mason Neck Trail Ribbon Cutting

FABB Vice President Sonya Breehey joined local officials and advocates at a ribbon cutting for a new segment of the Mason Neck Trail this past Saturday. The celebration was for the completion of the 9,900-foot Segment 2B of the planned 5.5 mile trail that will ultimately connect Rt. 1 to the Great Marsh Trail on the end of Mason Neck running along Gunston Rd.  

Portions of the trail already built connect from Pohick Bay Golf Course, Meadowood Recreation Area, Pohick Bay Regional Park, Gunston Hall Plantation and High Point Trail in Mason Neck State Park. 

This $1.6 million project was funded with Virginia Department of Transportation Enhancement Funds and a contribution from Fairfax County. 


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Upcoming Providence District Meeting on I-66

Supervisor Linda Smyth is hosting a Providence District community information meeting on I-66 at Marshall Road Elementary School on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 6:30 to 8:30 pm. This is a great opportunity for FABB’s Providence District supporters to voice their concerns about plans for the I-66 parallel trail and their desire for improvements to the design of the trail. This trail has the potential to connect hundreds of thousands of people to neighborhoods, trails, and transit hubs while providing new recreational opportunities all along the I-66 corridor. Now is the time to speak up to make sure this once-in-a-generation chance to create a trail worthy of Northern Virginia is the . 

Mark your calendars and please plan on attending. 

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Monday, October 23, 2017

Reminder: 2nd Annual Tour de Mount Vernon

We once again want to encourage everyone to take advantage of a great riding opportunity coming up in November. The Tour de Mount Vernon community bike ride will be held on Saturday, November 4, 2017. It will start at 8:30 a.m. at historic Fort Hunt Park.  There are options for a 36-mile out and back ride to Mason Neck Park and a 50-mile loop that adds the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton to the ride. Additional details on the rides can be found here

You need to register by 30 October and there is a $20 registration fee. The fee, however, includes Tour de Mount Vernon bike socks, snacks at rest areas, and hot chili and chips from LaPrima at the end of the ride! Plus $5 of the fee supports FABB. 

Please plan on joining us. 

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Monday, October 16, 2017

Your Input Needed to Name Metro-area Trail Network

Hey, FABB members, as you may recall, FABB is now part of the Capital Trails Coalition, a collaboration of public and private organizations, agencies, and citizen volunteers working to create a world-class network of multi-use trails that are equitably distributed throughout the Washington D.C. metropolitan region. Such a network will transform public life by providing healthy, low-stress access to open space and reliable transportation for people of all ages and abilities.

The Coalition would like your feedback as it develops a unified identity for the existing and planned trail network in the Washington, DC region. The group has a few ideas that it would like to hear your thoughts on, and you'll have a chance to share your own at the end of this very quick survey (truly, it is very quick… two-minutes max).

Take the survey here.

The deadline for submissions is November 6, 2017, so please take the survey today.  We'll keep you posted as the process moves along.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Reminder: FABB Monthly Meeting This Week

New Pickett Road underpass in Fairfax City.
FABB will hold its October meeting in the City of Fairfax on Wednesday, October 18, from 7:00-8:30 pm (note the earlier start time). Our guest speaker will be Wendy Block Sanford, Fairfax City transportation director. The meeting will be held in the Old Town Hall, 3999 University Drive, in Fairfax. 

Pleas join us to discuss opportunities to improve bicycling in and around the City of Fairfax.

There is bike parking at Old Town Square behind the town hall. Automobile parking is available at nearby surface lots and at the parking deck on University Drive.

See you there.

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Help Local Endurance Cyclist Reach his Goal for Cancer Kids!

FABB member Jenifer Joy Madden reports this great story about a local Fairfax County cyclist: 
It's not too late to contribute to the worthy cause of Reston entrepreneur/endurance cyclist Len Forkas. In July, Len completed the grueling 3,000-mile Race Across America. He was riding to raise $1 million for Hopecam, a service he started to keep kids with cancer connected with school and friends. 
Len successfully completed the cross-country race but is just shy of his audacious monetary goal. He rode 250 miles a day for 12 days through every kind of terrain and weather, from towering Rockies to teeming tropical storms. Because of the grueling nature, Outside Magazine has dubbed Race Across America “the toughest bike race in the world.” 
Whenever Len’s determination flagged, he says, he would think of the Hopecam kids’ everyday fight for life and peddle harder. Len started the non-profit after his own son won a battle with leukemia. 
Now that he’s safely back home, Len is taking stock of his harrowing journey. He says the heat that melted airplane tires on the tarmac at Phoenix Airport also melted him. He started to hallucinate that the roadside white stripe looked concave and that there was a 3-foot drop between the gravel and pavement. Pulling over in the middle of the night, his crew’s van accidently pinned his left foot. Luckily, he was standing on sand so his foot sunk in and wasn’t crushed, though it did quickly swell to twice its size. 
Len was 58 when he raced this summer. He competed in the oldest division and came in thirteenth overall. Only 15 of the 38 racers who started the race actually finished. 
Len also completed the race in 2012, the story of which he recalled at TEDxTysons the same day he flew to California to start the 2017 competition. At one point in the race five years ago, he was so exhausted he fell asleep in the saddle, waking up just before he hit a guardrail along a sheer cliff. I was at the TEDx event and had a chance to speak with Len after he got back this summer. When I asked what he did to avoid falling asleep this time, he said he DID fall asleep, but his crew woke him up by blasting the horn just before he drifted into oncoming car traffic. 

As for where Len trained for this year’s race, he says he avoided the W&OD Trail and trained only in the streets, hitting the road at 4 a.m. 
To help Len’s Hopecam cause, please donate here. You can also celebrate Len and his crew’s victory with them at the Tysons Silverline Center on October 19

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Monday, October 9, 2017

FABB Lee District Ride this Sunday Oct 15

Join FABB for the Lee District Ride on Sunday, October 15. We will explore new, existing, and some of the soon-to-be bicycle facilities in Lee District as well as see how to ride to the Springfield Metro and to-be-built Cinderbed Bikeway. See the ride route on Google Maps or Strava. (Final segment of route here, Strava doesn’t have current connection on maps)

The ride is a 13 mile loop that will showcase the Kingstowne Village Parkway road diet, new buffered bike lanes on Telegraph Road, and the just completed bike lanes on Rose Hill Drive. A comfortable 8 mph pace is planned, with water available at the several commercial areas along the route. The ride will take approximately 3 hours (there is a hill or two!) and we will have a snack pit stop along the way.

Parking and start/end point are at the Rose Hill Shopping Center, 6116 Rose Hill Dr, Alexandria, VA 22310. The ride departs at 9am.

All riders must wear a helmet. You will be asked to sign a liability waiver before the ride. Alexis Glenn is the ride leader.

Register on Eventbrite.

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Monday, October 2, 2017

Community Feedback Sought on Prioritizing Transportation Funding

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) are seeking feedback from the community to help prioritize unfunded transportation projects in the county. The results of this outreach will assist the Board of Supervisors in selecting transportation priorities that can be implemented with existing revenue sources through Fiscal Year 2023, and with additional funding that may become available in the future.

The county has identified more than 100 unfunded capital and operating projects important for improving the efficiency and safety of the county's transportation network. These projects are in addition to the approximately 300 projects that are already funded and underway (in the amount of approximately $3 billion).

Some of the unfunded bicycle and pedestrian projects.
These unfunded projects would provide new capacity, and include interchange improvements, roadway extensions, spot improvements, roadway widening projects, transit, and pedestrian and bicycle improvements. With very limited amount of funding available for these proposed projects (approximately $100 million), the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors would like to know which of these projects are most important to you. Below are some resources on the proposed unfunded projects as well as projects already funded and currently underway:

FCDOT has scheduled a series of public meetings for the community to learn more about the projects proposed for funding. Each of the meetings will begin with an open house followed by a formal presentation and a Q&A session. There will be map display boards for residents to view of the unfunded projects as well as transportation projects currently underway. These meetings will be held at:
  • South County Government Center – 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria – Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, from 7-9 p.m.
  • North County Governmental Center – 1801 Cameron Glen Drive, Reston – Thursday, Oct. 12, 2017, from 7-9 p.m.
  • Fairfax County Government Center – 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax – Monday, Oct. 23, 2017, from 7-9 p.m.
  • Thomas Jefferson Library – 7415 Arlington Boulevard, Falls Church – Monday, Oct. 30, 2017, from 7-9 p.m.
If you are unable to attend a public meeting, you can join FCDOT staff for a live Ask Fairfax! online chat on Tuesday, Oct. 17, from noon to 1 p.m.

You can also let FCDOT know which projects you want to be considered for funding by filling out a survey. Your responses are confidential and you may take the survey only once. Comments are accepted through Monday, Nov. 9, 2017:

Take the survey online now!

Print out a paper copy of the survey (PDF), fill it out, and mail it to:

Fairfax County Department of Transportation/TPP 2017 Survey
4050 Legato Road, Suite 400
Fairfax, VA 22033 

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National Bike Challenge Final Report

Over 31,000 riders logged over 31 million miles in the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Challenge. Between May and the end of September 210 of those riders represented FABB. Our members logged enough miles to rank 11th in the nation. Great job, everyone! 

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