Friday, June 25, 2010

School bike racks in Vienna

John Brunow of bikes@vienna has been providing bicycle parking at two Vienna elementary schools, Cunningham Park and Wolftrap. The racks, which are event racks that we've used for bike valet parking in the past, are getting a lot of use as you can see from the photo. Many schools have no bike parking. At others kids are not even allowed to bike. It's great to see that this experiment in placing racks at these schools seems to have worked well. Let's hope it's incentive for the schools to do more to encourage kids to walk and bike to school.

Back in November of last year members of the Fairfax County School Board and Board of  Supervisors had a joint meeting to discuss in part the need to get more kids walking and biking to school. During that meeting Dean Tistadt, Chief of Facilities & Transportation Services for Fairfax schools said that if a school needs a rack he would provide one instantly. Maybe it's time to take him up on his offer.

Thanks to John for providing the racks not only here but at the Vienna Farmers Market, located next to the W&OD Trail, each Saturday. It does make a difference.

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