Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tysons Bicycle Plan RFP released

The Request for Proposal for the Tysons Bicycle Plan was released yesterday. Work should begin in the next couple of months. This will be the first concentrated bicycle planning effort to be conducted in the county. Since a great deal of data were collected during the production of the County Bicycle Route Map, the time and effort needed for data collection should be reduced. This will allow the contractor to concentrate on analyzing existing conditions and planning proposed future facilities.

The study will include recommendations for end of trip facilities including bike parking, showers, and changing facilities. There is currently very little short or long term bike parking in Tysons. Also, Tysons would be one of the better locations in the county for implementation of the county's first bike share system. The contractor will likely determine the cost and feasablity of implementing such a system.

Back in early 2009 a group of county staff and FABB members developed a conceptual bicycle plan that we presented to the Planning Commission Tysons Committee. This plan formed the basis of the bicycle network included in the draft plan language. Now it's time for the professionals to take over.

It's an exciting development and we look forward to working with county staff and the contractor to develop a plan for making Tysons more bicycle-friendly in the future.

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