Thursday, June 3, 2010

Weekend bike events in Fairfax

There are several bicycle-related events in Fairfax/Northern Virginia scheduled for this weekend, including several organized by FABB members. Saturday is National Trails Day.:
  • Saturday, June 5, Meet the Met—Celebrate National Trails Day and the opening of the Metropolitan Branch Trail. Meet the Met is sponsored by Rails to Trails Conservancy, Kaiser Permanente, WABA and others. Bruce Wright of FABB will lead a ride to the ribbon-cutting ceremony staring in Reston at 8:45 a.m. Meet at Sunrise Valley Elementary School and be ready to leave at 8:45 sharp. We'll pick up riders in Vienna at 9:15, East Falls Church at 9:45, etc. See the map and schedule and register.
  • Saturday, June 5, Fairfax City Bike Rodeo—On Saturday June 5 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the City of Fairfax is holding a bike rodeo for children ages 6-10 at Daniels Run Elementary School located at 3705 Old Lee Highway. The rodeo is one of many events being offered as part of Trails Day. Volunteers are needed to help at the registration table, provide a quick bike safety talk and fit kids' helmets. If you are interested in volunteering, or in more information about the event, contact douglas_stewart [at] of FABB.
  • Saturday, June 5, National Trails Day Celebration at Lake Fairfax—The Fairfax County Park Authority, members of MORE, the Mid-Atlantic Off Road Enthusiasts, local officials and scores of volunteers will gather at Lake Fairfax Park to mark the 18th annual National Trails Day. Volunteers can join in the trail construction efforts at 9 a.m. at the park. The public is invited to the Park's amphitheatre for groundbreaking ceremonies at 11 a.m. Join local officials and trail enthusiasts as we mark the beginning of Phase 1 development of the Lake Fairfax Sustainable Natural Surface Trail System. This project will eventually add two miles of sustainable natural trail, two bridges and includes the reclamation of 1,200 linear feet of non-sustainable trail in Lake Fairfax Park. A cookout for volunteer workers will be held at 3 p.m. at Picnic Area C. If you’d like to participate, please RSVP by email to Bring something to share and The Bike Lane will provide the hamburgers and hot dogs.
  • Saturday, June 5, Star-Spangled Banner NHT Bicycle Tour—A two-hour 10-mile bike ride through history. Cross the Woodrow Wilson Bridge and meet costumed interpreters at two historic sites caught up in the Chesapeake Campaign of the War of 1812. Select from one of two start locations: Carlyle House Historic Park, a property of the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, or Oxon Hill Park, 6411 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill, Maryland.
  • June 5-6, Free Bike Valet Parking at Herndon Festival—The Herndon Festival will feature a free bike valet service provided by bikes@vienna and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee. Bike racks will be located at the intersection of Elden and Lynn Streets. Relax and enjoy the Festival - knowing your bike is safe with the Bike Valet. Contact FABB member Ian MacDonald, ism [at] iwasdot [dot] com, to volunteer or for more information.

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