Saturday, December 17, 2011

Burke Patch adds a bike blogger

Alan Young of FABB has started blogging for the Burke Patch. His first post is entitled Biking in Burke and Beyond: Biking in December! Brrrrrr:
Most folks do most of their daily commerce, visiting, and errands within two miles of their homes, really good bicycling range if the engineering is done to support this mode of travel. Engineering, at a fraction of the cost of roadways, can provide for safe, comfortable, convenient, easy moving around our community without being required to use a car. When my wife is comfortable bicycling, then I know the engineering is right. I am a volunteer with Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling (FABB), a local advocacy group. Its a way I give back to my community.

I am blogging to provide another lens to look at our community.  I think we are missing an opportunity. Our county is growing.  The region will gain at least one-half million more residents in the next decade. Traffic and congestion is going to get worse. We need alternatives, low cost improvements we can implement within our county. The state is not going to help much. We can look around the world for ideas, here is a thought provoking example of what the Dutch developed to solve their transportation problems. If you view the video, you will see that the Dutch were outraged by vehicle slaughter of their children. We have a similiar problem, plug in Burke or Springfield, VA.

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