Friday, November 8, 2013

Nov-Dec FABB Newsletter

A bi-monthly publication of Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling

Transportation Funding for New Bike Projects

cdot_logoFairfax County is developing a list of transportation projects to be funded with over $1 billion. Several bike projects are contained in the list. This is your chance to find out what projects are planned for your area, and to speak out in support of funding for bike projects. Take the survey to vote on what you think are the most important bike projects and to give feedback to the county on how this money is being spent. See an earlier FABB blog post with links to project lists and more information.

If you can, please attend one of the meetings below to support funding for bike projects:

Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m.
  • Fairfax County Government Center
  • Conference rooms 2/3
  • 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax
Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m.
  • Forest Edge Elementary School
  • 1501 Becontree Lane, Reston

2013 Fairfax Bike Summit on Bicycle-Friendly Tysons

FABBSummitLogo_ColorSMAn enthusiastic crowd attended the second Fairfax Bike Summit on Saturday, Nov. 2. Over 160 people registered for the Summit and there were noticeably more people in attendance than last year. Thanks to everyone who took time out of their weekend to attend, and thanks to the volunteers who worked hard throughout the year to help make it happen. See our summary of the wrap-up session on the FABB blog.

See the FABB Flickr pool for photos from the summit. Blog accounts of the summit were posed by Rootchopper and tinlizzieridesagain and Summit tweets are at #ffxbikesummit.

Bicycle Master Plan Adoption Schedule Set

During a briefing for the Fairfax Co Board of Supervisors on September 17 the county bike coordinator outlined a schedule for adoption of the Countywide Bicycle Master Plan. See the FABB blog post for more detailed information about the briefing, including key recommendations and a list of ways to jump start implementation. The plan is not yet available on the county website but FABB has posted the July 2012 Draft Bicycle Master Plan text and maps (see FABB homepage for map links).

Next steps outlined at the Board meeting include:

  • Currently addressing comments and modifying documents to conform to required Comprehensive Plan language (September-October)
  • Finalize final draft Bicycle Master Plan Policy and merge Phase I (Greater Tysons Area) with Phase II, the rest of the County (October-November)
  • Finalizing four quadrant maps (September-November)
  • Schedule third briefing with the Planning Commission’s Transportation Subcommittee (November)
  • Schedule PC and BOS Public Hearing (early 2014)

Fairfax County Parkway Repaving

FFXCoPkwyMajor sections of the Fairfax County Parkway Trail are scheduled to be repaved over the next year. FABB members received a briefing at the September FABB meeting in which VDOT maintenance staff outlined the two phases of the work. Phase I is the north section from Route 7 to Alliance Dr (near VDOT HQ) and Phase II extends from Alliance Dr south to Rolling Rd. FABB has been working with VDOT to identify the areas of the trail most in need of repair.

The majority of the trail is owned by VDOT. Some sections are owned by Fairfax County, which now needs to come up with $181,000 to supplement the VDOT funds for the repaving project. According to a Board Matter by Supervisor Herrity, "Various County agencies attempted to identify a source for this money but were unsuccessful." Supervisor Herrity has asked that the "Board direct the County Executive to use his best efforts to identify funding and report back to the Board on the outcome." VDOT has made a major commitment to this project and will repave their sections. The county needs to pay their share to ensure the work is not done in a piecemeal fashion.
Upcoming Events

Tues & Wed, November 12 & 13 - Transportation funding meetings
Wednesday, November 20, FABB Monthly Meeting

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