As FABB completes its 2022 Annual Appeal (still time to donate and join FABB!), we thought a quick rundown of our activities and achievements during the past year was in order. 2022 was a busy year.
Active Fairfax and Safe Streets Plans. There are FABB reps on various working groups advising the county on their update to the Bicycle and Trails Plans.
Bicycle Safety Education. We held a Fairfax City Confident City Cycling class and received a DMV grant to hold several classes in 2023.
Parking ReImagined. Thanks to FABB’s advocacy, bike parking requirements are included in the proposed zoning ordinance update.
Social Rides. We co-sponsored the second annual Tour de Hunter Mill and seventh annual Tour de Mt Vernon and conducted a North Reston history ride, and a Tysons area tour that included the new I-495 ped/bike bridge.
Safe Routes to School. FABB advocated for funding of the SRTS coordinator position, which was included in this year’s school budget.
I-66 Trail. We continued to follow the progress of the trail’s construction—tentatively scheduled for completion and opening in mid-2023—and recommended bike/ped counter locations.
Route 1 Safety. FABB advocated for a lower speed limit and better bike/ped facilities.
Annual Repaving and Restriping Program. We worked with the county and Virginia Department of Transportation to review, comment on, and support restriping plans to add bike lanes.
Infrastructure Advocacy. We publicized and attended virtual bike-related public hearings, advocated for inclusion of a trail on I-495 Southside Express Lanes project and 495 NEXT project, supported Fairfax City staff proposals for trails, and supported the Huntington Active Fairfax plan.
Taming Our Arterials Public Meeting. FABB co-sponsored with Toole Design Group (TDG) and the Coalition for Smarter Growth (CSG) a panel discussion on taming arterials. FABB’s Bethany Usher moderated a great discussion with Franconia Supervisor Lusk, TDG’s Andy Clarke, VDOT’s Bill Cuttler, and Stewart Schwartz of CSG.
Committee Representation. FABB members represent the biking community on the Trails, Sidewalks, and Bikeways Committee, Transportation Advisory Commission, VDOT Statewide Bike Ped Committee, NOVA Stakeholders Group, WABA (via TSB and quarterly meetings), Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, Parking Reimagined Workgroup, Safe Streets for All, Active Fairfax Transportation Plan, and Fairfax Healthy Communities.
Outreach. FABB members represented better bicycling at Bike to Work Day, Bike to Market Week, the Annandale Greenway ceremony, and Biking for the Environment at Kings Park Library.
FABB Newsletter. To keep our supporters better informed of developments, FABB published 10 issues of Bike News, prepared by FABB Board member Howard Albers, who also assembled this list of FABB 2022 activities.
FABB again thanks our donors for your support and wishes everyone a happy, safe, and active 2023!