Friday, June 15, 2018
 

Faces of Fairfax: Ben Grimes

Ben Grimes
Alexandria native Ben Grimes spoke to FABB at a BTWD 2018 pit stop after dodging raindrops during his commute to work in the District. In addition to commuting, Ben rides for fun and exercise. Fresh air is the great attraction for Ben when he is out on his bike. In response to our question about what the county could do to make bicycling better, Ben said he would like to see more protected bike lanes. 


We have some good news for Ben and others who bike in and around Alexandria and the Mount Vernon District. As part of this summer’s repaving and restriping program the Virginia and Fairfax County Departments of Transportation are planning to add buffered bike lanes on Hooes, Pohick, Telegraph, Armistead, and Frye Roads. This should make riding in these areas safer and more comfortable for bicyclists and motorists. 

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Monday, June 11, 2018
 

Emergency Medical Services Bicycle Team Wins Grant

Photo courtesy of Fairfax Times/Transurban
FABB congratulates the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department and the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department for recently winning a $10,000 grant to expand their joint emergency medical services bicycle team.  The EMS Bike Team is a shared program between all members of the Fairfax County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association, a partnership of the county’s 12 volunteer fire and rescue departments.

As bicyclists and others know, first responders on bikes are able to quickly move to assist in medical emergencies that occur in locations that are difficult to access for larger vehicles or areas where ambulances and fire engines might be slowed down by traffic and crowds. 

The grant, provided by toll road network manager Transurban, was presented to Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova, Vienna Mayor Laurie DiRocco, and personnel from both fire departments in late May. Get the full story from the Fairfax Times here

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Sunday, June 10, 2018
 

National Bike Challenge – Fairfax Rolls On

In the three weeks since our last post on the National Bike Challenge, 16 more Fairfax County riders have signed up to help maintain our area’s strong performance. Fairfax County is still holding on to fourth place in the nation among communities of a million or more residents. More amazingly, over the past three weeks Fairfax County riders participating in the challenge have ridden nearly 30,000 miles in just over 2,000 trips. Since the start of the challenge on May 1, the 182 Fairfax riders have taken 4,203 trips and logged 57,456 miles.  Keep up the great work, everyone!


You can still sign up here to join the fun. The challenge runs through September and its a great excuse to introduce new riders the joy of biking.  

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Friday, June 8, 2018
 

Public Hearing Notice Fairfax County Secondary Six-Year Plan

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors will conduct a joint public hearing on the Secondary Six-Year Improvement Plan for fiscal years 2019 through 2024. 


If you would like an advanced look at the proposed plan, copies may be reviewed at VDOT’s Northern Virginia District Office, 4975 Alliance Drive, in Fairfax. 

The hearing will be on Tuesday, June 19, 2018, at 3 p.m. in the Board Auditorium, Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway in Fairfax. 

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Faces of Fairfax: Maria Bissex

Maria Bissex
During the soggy Bike to Work Day at the McLean Pit Stop, FABB had the pleasure of talking to enthusiastic rider and Orioles fan, Maria Bissex. A McLean resident, Maria told us that she bikes for exercise and to be out in nature. She also likes to do charity rides when she can. Her favorite rides are on the many trails in the county, and she especially loves the W&OD trail. In response to our question about what she likes most about bicycling, Maria told us that biking clears her mind and makes her feel energized. As far as making bicycling better in Fairfax County goes, Maria would like to see more connected trails and more bike lines. 


More bike lanes and important connections are coming to the Mclean and Tysons areas. Next week, on Thursday, June 14, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the George C. Marshall High School, 7731 Leesburg Pike, in Falls Church, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will hold a public hearing on a project to connect Rt. 123 and Tysons Corner Center. The plans include a 10-foot shared-use path along Old Meadow Road from the McLean Metro Station leading to a pedestrian/bicycle bridge over I-495 to connect to Tysons One place and Fashion Boulevard. FABB hopes local residents will attend the meeting and show their support for these projects. 

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Thursday, June 7, 2018
 

NVTA Transportation Funding Recommendations

In just a couple weeks, the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority (NVTA) will take action on its inaugural FY2018-2023 Six Year Program. During the public comment period, the Authority staff received more than 1,200 comments on the 60 candidate projects (thanks for speaking up.) They have since worked diligently to incorporate these comments into their project funding recommendations.

Two projects that included new bike facilities made it into the top ten. Fairfax County’s Route 29 Widening Project, Phase II (Union Mill Road to Buckley's Gate Drive) was ranked eighth. Rolling Road Widening (Hunter Village Drive to Old Keene Mill Road) came in at tenth. If you are curious, you can see a list of all of the NVTA staff recommendations on the draft FY 2018-2023 Six Year Program here.




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Sunday, June 3, 2018
 

Tysons Highlighted at FABB's Monthly Meeting on June 20

Time to mark your calendars for FABB’s June meeting. The evening will be focused on the Tysons area and neighboring parts of McLean, Falls Church, and Providence District. 

As usual, the monthly meeting will feature a Fairfax County Department of Transportation update on bicycle-related projects in the area, including the one to connect Tysons Corner Center and Route 123 at the McLean Metro Stop and the recently opened Rt. 7-Dulles Toll Road crossing. Access Tysons also will be joining us to talk about their initiatives to promote more and better transportation alternatives in and around “America’s next great city.” A representative from Providence District Supervisor Smyth’s office tentatively plans to be there to speak about similar issues in neighboring Providence District. As always, there will be time for discussion involving all of those in attendance.

The meeting will be on Wednesday, June 20, from 7:30 to 9:30 pm at the Tysons-Pimmitt Regional Library, 7584 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church. See you there. 

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