Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Fairfax bike coordinator receives 2009 Transportation Achievement Award

Charlie Strunk, the Fairfax County bicycle coordinator, received the 2009 Transportation Achievement Award at the Board of  Supervisors meeting today. The award is presented by the Transportation Advisory Commission. From the press release:
He was selected based on his efforts planning facilities to allow "non-motorized" or bicycle transportation options. In 2009, Strunk managed the following projects:
  • Creating 10 new miles of bike lanes on Gallows Road, Westmoreland Street, Lawyers Road and other streets.
  • Completing the bicycle and pedestrian bridge on Wolftrap Road near Joyce Kilmer Middle School, providing non-motorized access between Tysons Corner and the town of Vienna.
  • Purchasing 150 new bike racks for locations across the county.
  • Securing a $104,000 federal grant to create the Sully District Historic Sites Bike Map, a guide to family-friendly bike routes that highlight Civil War and historic sites in western Fairfax County.
  • Winning a Virginia Department of Health grant to buy and give away 200 bike helmets to children.

Since 2006, Strunk has served as the county's first bicycle coordinator; he oversees efforts to incorporate bicycle facilities as part of the county’s transportation infrastructure. As a result of the bicycle program, Fairfax County offers:
Congratulations to Charlie for this well-deserved award. A great deal has been accomplished since Charlie became the county's first bike coordinator in 2006. While the county has a long way to go before becoming truly bike-friendly and many FABB goals are yet to be achieved, we've made great progress and Charlie and the bike program deserve to be recognized for their hard work.

Update: Article in Sun Gazette,  Bicycle Coordinator Receives Transportation Achievement Award

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Congratulations Charlie! Thank you for getting things done around the County while always answering questions with a smile.

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