Monday, October 17, 2011

Bicycle meetings this week

Tonight WABA is holding a meeting to hear what Fairfax bicyclists think should be done to make the county more bike-friendly. The meeting will be held at Patrick Henry Library in Vienna from 6:30-8:30pm. Feedback from the meeting will be used for the Regional Call to Action that WABA will announce at the regional bike summit on November 3.

On Thursday, October 20 Fairfax County is holding a similar meeting. As part of the county bicycle planning process they are holding 8 regional meetings to gather input for the plan, which will be developed over the coming year. The Reston-Herndon area meeting will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m.,  Sunrise Valley Elementary School, 10824 Cross School Road, Reston, VA 20191. See our Reston Patch article Making Fairfax More Bicycle-Friendly.
County planners want to make Fairfax a more bicycle-friendly place. They want residents to have more choices for getting around rather than having to rely on cars for most of their trips. Using bicycles for short trips is a healthy transportation option and a proven way to relieve traffic congestion and reduce air pollution. It’s also an easy way to save money. The county is currently developing a bicycle master plan.

The plan is structured around several major areas of emphasis, often referred to as the 5 E’s: Engineering (bike lanes, trails, bike racks), Education (bike safety classes in school, adult bike ed, motorist education), Encouragement (events such as Bike to Work Day to encourage more people to ride), Enforcement (for motorists and bicyclists), and Evaluation & Planning (counting bicyclists, tracking planning goals and milestones).

 A major part of the planning process is to hear from local bicyclists about where they would like to ride and how their trips can be made more safe and convenient. Is there enough bike parking in the community? Is the parking the proper type, such as inverted U racks which are a standard in many communities? What are your top priorities for making biking better? I

f you’d like to help Fairfax become a more bike-friendly place, come out to Sunrise Valley Elementary School on Thursday evening and participate in the discussion. For more information about the planning process see the Bicycle Master Plan website.

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