Tuesday, December 18, 2018

This is the archived FABB blog

We've moved the FABB blog to our newly designed website. Older blog posts are still available here but to view the new blog, visit https://fabb-bikes.org/blog/. You might also want to update your link to the FABB blog.

 New FABB website

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Monday, November 26, 2018

Capital Region Blueprint for Regional Mobility

In case you missed it, the Washington Post reported today that the Greater Washington Partnership, an alliance of the region’s top chief executives, is urging ambitious, costly steps to improve multimodal transportation options. After 16 months of study, the report, Capital Region Blueprint for Regional Mobility, recommended connecting bike trails in addition to more dedicated bus lanes, coordinated traffic signals, and variable tolling on highways. The group’s blueprint specifically urges federal, state, and local governments to collaborate with trails groups and private entities to speed up the delivery of the Capital Trails Network and similar trail networks for Baltimore and Richmond. 

FABB is ready to collaborate as are our allies in the Capital Trails Coalition. With your support and volunteering, we can make the bicycling proposals come to fruition.

Watch this video to get a sense of the transportation problems facing the region and then check out the Blueprint for more details on the Partnership’s proposals. 

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Support FABB on Black Friday at Amazon Smile

The biggest shopping day of the year is this Friday, and you can support FABB at the same time you shop at Amazon. Thanks to the AmazonSmile Foundation, when you make purchases from the Amazon Smile site, FABB receives 0.5% of the purchase price from eligible purchases. 

Since its inception a few years ago, the AmazonSmile Foundation has provided more than $105 million to tens of thousands of charities.

All you have to do is click on FABB’s unique link, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/81-0704062, bookmark it, and then shop like you normally do. Have questions? Learn more about Amazon Smile here

Won’t you please sign up and show your support for FABB’s work making bicycling better in Fairfax County? Your 0.5% can make a big difference. 


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Saturday, November 17, 2018

International World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Memorial for Andrew Gooden, a Fairfax 
resident killed by a motorist in 2015
This Sunday, November 18, is International World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. This annual event commemorates the millions of people killed and injured in traffic crashes around the world. 

FABB members and anyone else interested in safety for cyclists and pedestrians are invited to join Alexandria Families For Safe Streets for a walk of silence from the beginning of King Street near the Potomac to Market Square to honor those who have been impacted by traffic crashes. 

The walk will begin at 2 pm and will be followed by a brief ceremony featuring Virginia Delegate Mark Levine, Vice Mayor and Mayor-Elect Justin Wilson, Alexandria Chief of Police Michael Brown, and Director of Transportation & Environmental Services Yon Lambert. Please join AFSS to show your support for traffic crash victims and for additional action in the Virginia General Assembly and in Alexandria to make our streets safer to walk and bike.

For more information about this event, please contact Mike Doyle at (703) 946-8401 or mike@alxffss.org.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Nov-Dec 2018 FABB News Now Available

The November-December 2018 FABB News is available online. There's a summary of the last FABB meeting held last month regarding projects in the Mt Vernon and Lee Districts. The postponed Tour de Mt Vernon is this weekend. There's info on bike lights, proposed ped/bike bridges across I-495 at Arlington Blvd, proposed Route 1 bike connections, the removal of planned trails in Huntley Meadows Park, and more. If you'd like to receive the newsletter via email, send us a note along with your zip code so we can also let you know about area-specific bike news.
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Huntley Meadow Park Trails Meeting

FABB wants to remind local cyclists and others about an important meeting tomorrow, November 7, to save two key park trails in Huntley Meadows Park that Fairfax County is proposing to remove from the Countywide Trails Plan and Bicycle Master Plan.  

The public meeting on Wednesday will be held from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at Groveton Elementary School, 6900 Harrison Lane in Alexandria. 

A Planning Commission public hearing on the Plan Amendments to remove the trails that was originally scheduled for November 29 has been postponed until January 29, 2019. It is currently set for 7:30 to 10:00 pm at the Fairfax Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Suite 330, in Fairfax.  

You can speak up at the public hearing or send comments to the Commission at plancom@fairfaxcounty.gov.  Sending comments to Supervisor McKay at LeeDist@fairfaxcounty.gov is also encouraged.  

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Friday, November 2, 2018

Braddock Road Multimodal Study Meeting

FABB is encouraging local cyclists and other interested citizens to attend the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) community meeting on proposed pedestrian overpasses along Braddock Road next week.  The meeting will be on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria of Lake Braddock Secondary School.

Fairfax County is working with Braddock District Supervisor John Cook and members of the community to develop and evaluate a number of improvements for the Braddock Road corridor between Guinea Road and I-495. The overpasses would provide an "elevated crossing alternative" that would not affect traffic flow at major intersections on Braddock Road.Residents who attend the meeting can learn about and comment on the proposed pedestrian crossings, the designs being considered, and possible locations for additional crossings. 

In addition to the overpasses, potential improvements may include additional travel lanes, HOV (high occupancy vehicle) lanes, and other intersection, pedestrian, and bicycle improvements.

Please contact Supervisor Cook's office by email or call 703-425-9300 with any questions.

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