Thursday, June 24, 2010

Tysons bike map and bicycle parking guidelines in the news

Transformed Tysons Corner still years away in Fairfax is the title of an article in today's Washington Post. As we reported earlier, the Board of Supervisors approved the Tysons plan at their Tuesday meeting.

To our knowledge, this is the first time that bicycle parking guidelines are included in the county's comprehensive plan. There are also plans for an extensive network of bike lanes throughout Tysons and the Post published the conceptual bicycle plan map on the right. This map is a placeholder. It was developed by county staff and FABB. As stated in the plan, "A bicycle master plan study has been initiated for the greater Tysons area. Once completed, bicycle routes in, around, and through the urban center will be refined and Map 8 will be updated."

That process is scheduled to begin around the first of July. The plan will extend to a 3 mile radius around Tysons which includes planning bicycle access to Tysons, Pimmit Hills area, Vienna, and other surrounding areas. Several public meetings are planned to provide area cyclists the opportunity to weigh in on proposed bike routes and other bicycle facilities needed in Tysons in the future.

This is a huge win for Fairfax cyclists. Thanks to FABB members and all the cyclists who attended the many public meetings to speak out for the need for Tysons to become a bicycle-friendly place. We hope you continue to be involved as the Tysons bicycle plan process gets underway.



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