Demand bike facilities as part of I-66 Multimodal project - Comments due by June 18—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) is accepting email comments through June 18 to Transform66@VDOT.Virginia.gov. Reference "Transform 66 Outside the Beltway" in the subject line. Copy your public representatives on your email to make sure everyone gets your message for better bicycling! Don't wait until June 18th, send your comments now.
Speak out for safe biking along Braddock Road at June 9 Community Meeting—Fairfax County is investigating various options for improving the Braddock Road corridor between Guinea Road and I-495 as part of the Braddock Road Multimodal Study. Now is the time for the county and VDOT to ensure improved bicycle access is provided along and across the corridor. You can speak out in support of these facilities at the Braddock Road Community Meeting on June 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Lake Braddock Secondary School.
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.
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.