Demand bike facilities as part of I-66 Multimodal project—Your help is needed to ensure that safe and accessible bicycle and pedestrian facilities are included as part of a significant construction project planned for the I-66 corridor outside the Beltway. These facilities should include a grade-separated trail parallel to I-66 that would be an extension of the Custis Trail and bike facilities on bridges across I-66 when they are rebuilt. Please contact VDOT to ask that bike accommodations be included as part of this project.
The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) has announced that it will host public hearings in late May and early June on the latest environmental assessment for the Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Project. The hearing schedule is as follows, with all hearings running between 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. with a brief presentation at each hearing beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
VDOT Northern Virginia District Office
4975 Alliance Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Oakton High School - Cafeteria (Entrance #1 or #14)
2900 Sutton Road, Vienna, VA 22181
Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Battlefield High School - Cafeteria (Entrance #1 or #4)
15000 Graduation Drive, Haymarket, VA 20169
Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Bull Run Elementary School - Cafeteria (Entrance #1)
15301 Lee Highway, Centreville, VA 20121
See the FABB I-66 Info page for supporting info on providing bike facilities in the project.
Tour de Fat—DC's Biggest Bike Party is May 30—Tour de Fat DC is a free bike party held at Yards Park located next to Nats stadium on Saturday, May 30. The all day event is sponsored by New Belgium Brewery and is full of music, fun, and games. Proceeds from beverage sales go toward funding bike advocacy in the DC area including FABB's work. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and we need at least 30 volunteers. FABB volunteers are responsible for carding people who want to drink New Belgium beer. Please consider volunteering with FABB for a morning or afternoon shift at this event. All volunteers receive a merchandise coupon and two beverage tokens. Please volunteer to help FABB at Tour de Fat.
Fairfax County Budget—The Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted the Countywide Bicycle Master Plan in 2014. The plan contains many recommendations for making biking in Fairfax safer and more convenient. Now the county needs to implement the plan. While there are funds for capital projects, the current proposed county budget does not include any funds for conducting other bike-related programs such as promoting Bike to Work Day, conducting bike commuting seminars, or bicycle safety classes. A key recommendation of the plan is establishment of Bike Fairfax to lead encouragement and education activities and yet there is no funding for Bike Fairfax. Please contact your Board of Supervisors rep to ask them to fund the bike program. See the list of upcoming budget meetings.
2014 Transportation Bond approved by over 70% of voters—Fairfax County supported $100 million in transportation projects as part of the 2014 Transportation Bond referendum on November 4. A number of much-needed pedestrian and bicycle projects are included in the bond. Thanks for this overwhelming support for safer pedestrian and bicycle routes.
Biking to the Silver Line Stations
We've created a page of information about bicycling to the new Silver Line stations. The page includes possible bike routes to the Wiehle and Tysons stations, information about bike facilities at each of the stations, and info about using bikes on Metro. See also WMATA's Silver Line Metro site for other info about the stations.
Bike Room at Wiehle Station
Memberships for the Wiehle-Reston East Metrorail station bike room are now being accepted. To receive an info packet, write to the county bicycle program. See the FABB blog entry with more details about joining.
Fairfax Co Parkway trail being repaired—VDOT completed repair of the Parkway trail from Route 50 north to Route 7 in December, 2014. VDOT plans to complete repairs to the southern half of the trail in the summer of 2015. Thank you VDOT!
Funding for bike projects approved by Fairfax County Board of Supervisors—At their meeting on Tuesday the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved approximately $40 million in funding for bike projects over six years as part of a major 6-year transportation funding package. The bike funding is approximately $7 million/year. This is a significant increase in funding from previous years although only a small portion (3%) of the nearly $1.3 billion in total transportation funding. There was also significant funding for bike projects that will be included in many of the road projects that were part of the package. Most of the Bicycle/Pedestrian projects are sidewalks that could be used by some cyclists.
The major bike-related projects included on the list, many of which are multi-use trails, are: Old Keene Mill Road Bike Shoulders ($9 million), Route 236 Corridor Improvements (bike lanes, wide curb lanes, bike shoulders, $7.5 million), Scotts Run Stream Valley Trail ($3 million), Cinderbed Road Bikeway ($4 million), Mount Vernon Memorial Highway (Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail) ($6.5 million), Mason Neck Trail ($5 million), and improvements to Holmes Run Stream Valley Trail ($1.5 million).
There is also around $50 million for: ped/bike improvements to the Reston and Herndon Silver Line stations ($43 million); and Additional Countywide ped/bike projects ($7 million). See the FABB blog entry for details.
Fairfax Safe Routes to School page
A major goal of FABB is to encourage more kids to bike to school. We're working with a grass roots Safe Routes to School network to reach that goal. We recently developed a FABB web page devoted to summarizing information about Safe Routes to School in Fairfax.
FABB Events Calendar lists all upcoming events, meetings, and other bicycle-related activities in the area.
FABB is now a RoadID affiliate. If you click on the RoadID icon on the left, 10% of any RoadID products you purchase within 60 days will be donated to FABB. RoadID provides personal identification gear such as dog tags (FIXX ID), Wrist ID, and others.
Bicycle Incident Report Form—WABA's form for reporting incidents of aggressive, passing too close, harassment, and other such interactions with motorists. In the past Fairfax County Police collected this information using their Aggressive Driver form. Due to budget cuts, that form is no longer available. Cyclists can use this form instead. You can also use the WABA Mobile App to report crashes.
Guide for Reviewing Public Road Design and Bicycling Accommodations for Virginia Bicycling Advocates—Virginia bicycling advocates have a new resource to help them review and comment on public road projects. The new guide, prepared by FABB in consultation with the Virginia (VDOT) and Fairfax County departments of transportation, outlines ways bicycling proponents can get involved in the process of designing, approving, building, and retrofitting roads to ensure that bicycling accommodations are integrated into the plans where needed. Although geared for Virginia, many of the ideas contained in the report could be applied to other locations as well. Guide web page. Download a High res version (18MB) or a smaller Low res version (6MB). View the online version of the Guide.
Bicycle Parking Policy—Fairfax County has issued draft bike parking guidelines for review. The guidelines will include “specific standards for the County to use as part of the land development process”. The new standards will either be a Board Policy, an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance, or incorporated into the Public Facilities Manual. See Supervisor Smyth's Board Matter from the November 19, 2007 meeting, page 20, no. 40.
- County Bicycle Master Plan
- Prioritized list of bicycle projects connecting major residential, employment, and commercial centers
- Bicycle parking
- Cross county bike routes
- Bicycle Safety and Police Outreach
- Data Collection and Analysis
- VDOT Bicycle Advisory Committee
Road ID - FABB is an affiliate of Road ID - the company that makes identification accessories for cyclists, runners, and other active individuals who may not have their identification or relevant medical information with them during their activities. The FABB logo is available for engraving on the front of Road ID's dog tag called the "FIXX ID." FABB will receive 10% of your Road ID purchase. Click the banner above to shop.
A brief history
The roots of FABB go to spring 2005 when about 10 bicycle enthusiasts got together to talk about ways to advance cycling in Fairfax County. The group met during 2005 and eventually decided to be affiliated with WABA. Since 2006 we've contacted cyclists at various bicycle events, handing out copies of the FABB brochure, and signing up cyclists for our bi-monthly newsletters. We continue to advocate for better bicycling conditions in Fairfax.