Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tysons plan approved by Board of Supervisors

Many people spoke out in support of the Tysons plan at the Board of Supervisors public hearing tonight. Many of those people noted that Tysons must become a walkable, bikable community to succeed. Transforming Tysons into a bike-friendly place was one of the first goals of FABB (as is evidenced by the number of FABB blog posts about Tysons). We think the proposed plan will go a long way toward achieving that goal.

One major problem continues to be that Routes 7 & 123 are still too wide and lack bicycle facilities. If they are not fixed when Metro arrives, it is hard to envision Tysons being bike- and ped-friendly. Instead of fixing them later, now is the time to get their design right.

Planning Commissioner Walter Alcorn and other members of the Tysons Corner Committee are to be commended for working with the community and listening to our concerns about the shortcomings of the initial plan and addressing many of those concerns. It's still not a perfect plan but it is a major step in making Tysons a more sustainable, liveable place.

See our earlier post about bicycle provisions in the plan.



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