Wednesday, October 10, 2018
 

Reston Tour on Saturday

Bike lanes on North Shore Dr
There is still plenty of room for riders on the tour of Reston this Saturday, Oct. 13. The ride will leave from The Bike Lane's new location on Sunset Hills Rd at noon and return around 2pm. The ride is 15 miles with a few hills. We'll check out some of the new bike lanes installed during this summer's paving program. After the ride you can join The Bike Lane's grand opening celebration at their new location and the ribbon cutting for the new W&OD Connector trail. You could even sample the beers now brewed on-site.

You can register for the ride on Eventbrite.
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Tuesday, October 9, 2018
 

First Fairfax County & Franconia-Springfield Parkways Meeting Tonight

The first of three public meetings on the Fairfax County & Franconia-Springfield Parkways Alternatives Analysis and Long Term Planning Study will be held tonight. Fairfax Co DOT wants input on future corridor enhancements for the Parkways, based on residents’ personal experiences and desires for multimodal access, connectivity and overall operations. You can also send feedback to the project team via a form on the county website.
Here is the list of times and places for the three meetings:
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018, at Navy Elementary School, 3500 West Ox Road, Fairfax
  • Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at Sangster Elementary School, 7420 Reservation Drive, Springfield
  • Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, at Armstrong Elementary School, at 11900 Lake Newport Road, Reston

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Proposed Changes to Public Facilities Manual

Fairfax County is modifying the Public Facilities Manual. "The Public Facilities Manual (PFM) sets forth the guidelines which govern the design of all public facilities which must be constructed to serve new development." Guidelines include specifications for trails and sidewalks. Also included are bike parking requirements. Changes will be made in two phases. There will be a public hearing on proposed changes in Phase 1 at the Planning Commission meeting on October 18. For more information on the proposed changes see the Public Facilities Manual Flexibility Project.

FABB has briefly reviewed changes affecting bicyclists and pedestrians. We are encouraged to see new text in Chapter 7 (7-0602.5) that refers to bike parking: “Bicycle Parking. Bicycle parking must be consistent with the Fairfax County Bicycle Parking Guidelines.” However we don’t think the wording of those guidelines is strong enough. We suggest that the wording of the bike parking guidelines be strengthened and incorporated into the PFM during Phase 2. 

Also included in Chapter 7 are typical road sections, none of which includes bike lanes, buffered bike lanes, cycle tracks, etc. We assume these will also be addressed in Phase 2.

Chapter 8 contains sidewalk and trial requirements. Proposed changes are relatively minor. However, the Bicycle Master Plan should be referenced and added whenever the Countywide Trails Plan is referenced since both contain trail requirements. Other changes may be proposed under Phase 2.

FABB plans to track proposed changes under Phase 2 and participate where possible in stakeholder meetings. If you would like to be involved, contact us. You can also submit comments to the Planning Commission or attend the Planning Commission public hearing on October 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Fairfax Co Government Center.

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Monday, October 8, 2018
 

Please Support Fairfax Co Parkway Trail Improvements

Parkway Trail south of Rt 29
VDOT is planning to widen Fairfax Co Parkway between Route 29 and Route 123. The parallel bike trail diverts from the parkway in this section between Burke Center Parkway and Route 123. As part of the project a new trail will be built to fill in that gap. According to VDOT, "In addition to the roadway widening, improvements will be made to the existing Fairfax County Parkway Trail. Where there is no trail currently, a new shared-use path will be constructed to make the trail continuous within the project limits."

While we believe VDOT is committed to improving the trial, it will help if a few people write in support of those trail improvements. Comments are being accepted until October 15. Please consider writing to VDOT to support the proposed trail improvements. If the above link does not work, the email address is http://meetingcomments@vdot.virginia.gov. Use the Subject "Fairfax County Parkway Widening".

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Sunday, October 7, 2018
 

Don't Wait! Register Now for Tour de Mount Vernon

FABB is proud to be a co-sponsor of this year’s Tour de Mount Vernon. Beginning and ending at Fort Hunt Park, we will take a scenic tour of the Mount Vernon District. Riders will have the option of riding the full 32-mile route or a shorter 17-mile loop.

Ride highlights include Mount Vernon Estate, River Farm, Gum Springs, the Grist Mill, the Pope-Leighy House, and more with full SAG support by Spokes, Etc. The ride will begin at 8:30 a.m. and will conclude with food, beverages, music and prizes!

The fee is $25.00 per rider and includes Tour de Mt. Vernon Socks and a $5 donation to FABB. No walk-up registrations are permitted, so sign up here before registration closes on Wednesday, October 24, at midnight.

Volunteers are still needed the day before and day of the ride! Log on to sign up here.


See you there!

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Make Your Time Count

Can you spare a few hours to help make bicycling better in our local communities? The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) is trying to qualify for funding for better bike infrastructure. To do this, they need bike counts and volunteers to help do the counting. 

To participate volunteers need to log in and sign up for the specific location, date and time through the Fairfax County Volunteer portal here

The name of the project is “Counts for state funding – Bicycle and Pedestrian.” Opportunities are currently available to participate on October 10, 11, 23, 24 and 25 in the morning and afternoon (times are location dependent and are listed in the volunteer calendar). 

Counts are set to occur at the following locations: 

  • Little River Turnpike at I-495 ramps
  • Little River Turnpike at Conwell Drive
  • Columbia Pike at Lincolnia Drive
  • South Lakes Drive at Tanbark Drive (East)
  • Franklin Farms Road at Thorngate  Drive
  • Franklin Farms Road at Old Dairy Road
  • Bluemont Way at Democracy Drive
  • Fry Rd, 300 feet North of Richmond Highway 
If you live near these locations, won’t you please help FCDOT and your community by volunteering to do a bike count? 

And, if you can’t do a bike count, get some friends and family together and go for a ride past one or more of the eight locations. 

Thanks!

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Saturday, October 6, 2018
 

Bikeshare, E-Bikes, and E-Scooters, Oh My!

The City of Fairfax is conducting a demonstration to educate the public on different kinds of shared vehicles at the city’s Fall Festival on Saturday, October 13. The demo includes a survey of people's views about a potential bikeshare program. If you have been curious about shared bikes and scooters as a transportation option, this is a great opportunity to see and learn about them. The city will have a couple of e-scooters and Capital Bikeshare bikes (including one of the new e-bikes) on hand.  

The city also is seeking volunteers to help staff its transportation booth throughout the day to assist visitors try the bikes and collect people’s opinions about bikes, scooters, and potential bikeshare station locations.  

If you are interested in volunteering for a couple of hours, please contact Chloe Ritter of the Fairfax City Transportation Division at Chloe.Ritter@fairfaxva.gov.  

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