Fairfax County is holding two virtual open houses to inform the public about proposals to review zoning ordinances covering bicycle parking and off-street parking and loading. The first Zoom meeting is on Thursday, January 5, and the second will be the following week on January 12.
The County Planning staff has proposed setting the number of bicycle parking spaces based on either 5%, 10%, or 15% of the required number of vehicle parking spaces based on land use intensity. Under the proposals, more dense areas would have higher bicycle parking minimums.
We’re encouraged that bike parking will finally be included in the zoning ordinance, but we believe that the minimums need to be increased. This is an opportunity to use “induced demand” from more bike parking to benefit active transportation goals.
In addition, the revised ordinance should state bike parking requirements for schools, recreation centers, and libraries. We also think that planning documents need to include bike parking tabulations and where bike parking and signage will be located.
Learn more about the county’s proposals by examining these Parking Reimagined documents..
FABB encourages local riders to attend one of the meetings, support the plan, and request higher bike parking minimums.
- The virtual Parking Reimagined Open House on Thursday, January 5, starts at 7:00 pm. You can participate on ZOOM using Conference ID 928669 and password 537600. The Call-In Number is 888 270 9936.
- The Thursday, January 12, Parking Reimagined virtual Open House also starts at 7:00 pm. You can participate on ZOOM using Conference ID 928669 and password 011711. The Call-In Number is 888 270 9936.
Submit your thoughts on the proposed changes to Article 6 of the Fairfax County Zoning Ordinance here by January 16, 2023.
Bike parking is a critical part of making bicycling a safe and reliable transportation option. Please Speak Up! in support of higher parking minimums today.