• Plans focus only on crosswalks and shoulders.
  • Still an opportunity for local riders to speak up for more bike lanes.

The Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and the Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) will hold a virtual public meeting on proposed paving and restriping changes in the Mason and Braddock Districts on Thursday, April 21, at 7:00 pm.

Sadly, the 2022 repaving schedule for these districts includes no new bicycle infrastructure. Still, local riders can use the meeting as an opportunity to advocate for needed infrastructure in the area to be considered for the next round of repaving planning. In particular, bicyclists need to press the transportation departments to involve FABB and other interested groups in the early restriping planning.

Braddock District:

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Even with a wider shoulder, this stretch of Old Keene Mill Road should be avoided by riders because of fast-moving traffic.

Old Keene Mill Road: FCDOT and VDOT are proposing to widen the existing shoulder between Rolling Road and Greeley Boulevard by narrowing the travel lanes to a standard 11-foot width. Unfortunately, there are areas along this stretch of heavily used road where no shoulder exists, so this area remains bicycle unfriendly. A planned shared-use path for Rolling Road will end at the Old Keene Mill Road intersection, but the absence of bicycle infrastructure will stop most riders there.

Join the online meeting here or participate by phone by dialing 571-429-5982 and using Phone Conference ID: 886 603 035#

A video of the meeting will be available on the district paving and restriping page after the event.

As always, bikers will be able to provide striping-related feedback by submitting comments online with a deadline two weeks after each district meeting is held. You can submit comments to FCDOT here until May 5, 2022.

Please mark your calendars and join us in advocating for better bicycling with VDOT and FCDOT this spring.

 

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