Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Tysons bike plan kick-off meeting

FABB Tour of Tysons in 2007
The Tysons bicycle master planning process is officially underway (see earlier posts about biking in Tysons). The first meeting of the bicycle plan advisory committee was held this morning at the offices of the county Department of Transportation. The main contractor team, all cyclists, consists of Dan Goodman and Bob Patten of Toole Design Group and David Jackson of Cambridge Systematics.

Represented on the advisory committee are FABB, bicycle retailers, Trails and Sidewalks Committee, Tysons Metrorail Station Access Management Study, VDOT, and several Fairfax County government staff.

This first meeting was devoted to an overview of the project. Some time was spent discussing our goals for biking in Tysons and goals for the bicycle planning process. This is the first of two phases. The second phase is a countywide bicycle planning effort that is fully funded and which will begin after the completion of the Tysons plan. The Tysons phase is scheduled to be completed in February 2011.

Monthly advisory committee meetings are planned along with two large public meetings to gather input from the wider community of cyclists. The first public meeting is tentatively planned for the first part of October, and the second meeting is planned in January 2011. We'll be posting information about the process as will the Fairfax County bike program and Toole Design. In the near future Toole plans to use an online mapping program, Community Walk, to gather site specific comments from the public.

We're excited the bicycle planning process in Fairfax is now underway. It's been a major goal of FABB since the very beginning and it's finally become a reality. We hope all Fairfax cyclists will have the opportunity to provide input into the plan in the near future.

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