July-August 2017 FABB Newsletter.

Braddock District/Bike Your Park Day Ride Sept. 30—Bike Your Park Day is Saturday September 30. Why not join FABB for a Braddock District Ride that visits several local parks? This is an introductory ride to existing and recent bike infrastructure. The ride is a 16 mile loop, to showcase the Fairfax County Parkway trail, the Cross County Trail, Lake Accotink Park, the new Liberty Bell Pohick Stream Valley Trail and Shiplett Blvd bike lanes.

A comfortable 8 mph pace is planned, with water available at the halfway point in Lake Accotink. The ride will take approximately 2.5 hours Parking and start point is at Cherry Run Elementary School, 9732 Ironmaster Dr, Burke. The ride departs at 9am. All riders must wear a helmet. You will be asked to sign a liability waiver before the ride. Register on Eventbrite


FABB Monthly Meeting October 18—Join FABB for our monthly meeting at Old Town Hall, 3999 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030 from 7:00pm-8:30pm [Note earlier start time]. All are welcome. For more information contact Douglas Stewart, douglasbstewart@gmail.com.


I-66 Bicycle Facilities—FABB is advocating for bike facilities as part of the I-66 Outside the Beltway project. The current plan shows several miles of the parallel trail located inside the sound walls, adjacent to the highway, separated by a concrete barrier. All rebuilt bridges will also include bicycle and pedestrian facilities.

We're currently advocating for an improved parallel trail, either located outside the sound walls or with better separation from traffic. See the I-66 Outside the Beltway Project page for supporting documents. See the FABB I-66 page and VDOT's I-66 Outside the Beltway Concept Plans page. Contact your local elected officials to voide your concern.

New Trails Page on I-66 Website VDOT has created an I-66 Trail page with extensive information about the proposed parallel trail.


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 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.


Bicycle Parking Policy—Fairfax County has issued Bicycle Parking Guidelines. The guidelines 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. FABB has advocated for these guidelines since 2007. See Supervisor Smyth's Board Matter from the November 19, 2007 meeting, page 20, no. 40.


   

Goals

  • 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

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.

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Who we are

We are a group of concerned cyclists who want to make bicycling an integral part of the transportation network of Fairfax County, VA.

FABB Social Rides—FABB sponsors social rides throughout Fairfax. Check our Events calendar for info on future rides. See the FABB Social Rides page for cue sheets and info about past rides.
Report an agressive driver—See the FABB guide to reporting an aggressive driver.


FABB is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. All donations to FABB are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Our tax id number is 81-0704062. If you would like a copy of FABB's 990 form, please email info@fabb-bikes.org.

Contact FABB via email: info@fabb-bikes.org
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FABB
P.O. Box 3752
Reston, VA 20195





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