Thursday, August 12, 2010

County Bicycle Master Planing effort underway

As we noted earlier, the Tysons Bicycle Plan process is underway. The kickoff meeting for the advisory committee was held August 3. In our blog entry about the meeting we mentioned in passing that the second phase of the bicycle plan process is a countywide bicycle planning effort that is fully funded and will begin after the completion of the Tysons plan.

This is a major landmark and cause for celebration. The county has been trying to find funds for a county bicycle master plan for some time, including applying for funding from the Centers for Disease Control. While operating funds for the bicycle program were eliminated from this year's budget, there were unspent funds from earlier years along with funds this year from the commercial and industrial tax.Congratulations to the bicycle program for finding the funds for this effort.

Now it's up to Fairfax cyclists to help. Public meetings are planned for the Tysons bicycle plan and over the next year meetings will be held to seek input on bicycle priorities throughout the county. The county will host a web page devoted to the planning effort. We plan to do the same with information about meetings, progress reports, maps, and other related information.

An excellent resource is Creating a Road Map for Producing & Implementing a Bicycle Master Plan by Peter Lagerway of Toole Design Group. Toole Design Group is the consultant team in charge of producing the county plan. Another resource is the document FABB used when discussing the need for a bicycle master plan with Board members and others, Why Fairfax  Needs a Bicycle Master Plan.



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