FABB is pleased to announce three new members are joining our Board of Directors in January. The Board, as allowed under FABB by laws, decided recently to increase its size from seven to nine directors starting in 2019. Alexis Glenn and Jeff Gauger have agreed to fill the two new positions. The third new member is Yvette White, who will be replacing departing director Douglas Stewart.
Alexis lives in the Alexandria area of Fairfax County. She says she was an “interested but concerned” bicyclist for many years, who finally dived into everyday biking after taking a new job four miles from her home. Alexis quickly recognized the many infrastructure and safety gaps in her community that discourage casual biking and force people to drive, even for very short trips. This prompted her to join FABB to engage her local government and community to make travel by bicycle safe and easy for all ages and abilities. Alexis noted that she started her daily biking on a 20-year-old rusty mens bike that was way too big. She now splits her riding time between a lovely Bianchi and a Pedego e-bike, often with her 80-pound dog, Moose, hitched up behind in a trailer.
Jeff also is from the Alexandria section of the county, a resident of the Mount Vernon District with his wife and two sons. He has been a bike commuter for about 25 years and now makes his way from southeast Fairfax County to the District via the Mount Vernon Trail. Jeff says, “I love how scenic it is and also knowing that every workday, no matter what else is going on, I always have two bike rides to look forward to.” Our new director also is a mountain biker and enjoys riding in Fairfax County, especially at Meadowood, Laurel Hill, and Fountainhead.
Yvette is another regular bike commuter enabled by the creation and growth of bicycle infrastructure and connections throughout Fairfax County. Yvette told us that, after starting as a bimonthly, fair-weather, trail rider only, she now uses a collection of trails, bike lanes, and roads to navigate through Annandale, Tysons Corner and surrounding areas almost daily. As a result, she has come to realize that bicycling is not just recreational but a mode of transportation that positively impacts health, community, and the environment. Yvette says her proudest bicycle commuting moment was when she decided she no longer needed her car and soon got rid of it. With this background and a strong interest in improving communities by increasing multimodal transportation options for riders and walkers, Yvette became a member of FABB. As a FABB director, she hopes to do even more to encourage bicycle ridership and advocate for improved bicycle infrastructure across Fairfax County.
FABB is excited about having such energetic and committed bicyclists join the Board and assist in leading us into more and better advocacy. If you would like to help our Board make bicycling better in Fairfax County, send us a note at [email protected]. We are always in need of volunteers to help with events, chair project committees, and represent FABB at public meetings.