Thursday, August 22, 2013

FABB attends transportation event at Pinnacle Towers in Tysons

Pete and Dennis at Pinnacle Towers event
FABB attended a transportation event at Pinnacle Towers in Tysons on Wednesday. We handed out over 50 bike maps, providing route information, and encouraged people to try making short trips by bike. We also signed up several people to our bi-monthly newsletter (if you'd like to sign up for the newsletter send us a note). Thanks to Kelley, Dennis, and Pete for working the event.

We are often asked to attend events and provide information about traveling by bike. We'll be at the REI Tysons Grand Opening on Friday afternoon and Saturday, and WABA will be there on Sunday afternoon. REI has been a great supporter of FABB and we're looking forward to the event. We'll also be at the Reston Century on Sunday. The century rides are some of the most well-organized in the area. Reston Bike Club is also a FABB supporter, allowing us to attend the National Bike Summit that last couple of years.

The number of events we cover seems to be increasing as more people become interested in biking. When we ask people if they bike, invariably they will say that they would bike more if conditions were safer. When we argue for better bike conditions we occasionally hear the counter argument that it's not worth the cost because not enough people bike. The county needs to be much more proactive in providing good safe, convenient bike facilities where appropriate, in locations such as Tysons, Reston, Springfield, Merrifield, Annandale, and all of the other more urban locations in the county. People will ride when it can be done safely.

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I might add that if people say it's not safe enough for them to bike, they might want to help staff these events and attend hearings in order to express their, "I would if the County would do ...." opinions.

Tabling events is fun as we get to meet lots of cyclists from many different backgrounds. We always welcome friendly folks to join us. If anyone wants to help table the Reston Century on Sunday, come on by!

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