Springfield, Kingstowne, Newington, and Fort Belvoir riders, we need you to show your support for the Cinder Bed Bikeway. The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) project proposes an approximately two-mile-long continuous shared-use path between Newington Road and the Franconia-Springfield Metro Station.
This important connection to/from the Franconia/Springfield Metro Station will have lighting for the entire route and add bike parking near the station at the Barry Road entrance. Because the trail proposal is near Long Branch Creek, two pedestrian/bike bridges are a part of the project to prevent flooding and reduce impact to the creek. Some small but vocal groups are trying to stop this trail connection from being built. FABB asks you to Speak Up! for better bicycling connections to transit and neighborhoods.
FCDOT is requesting comments on the project through May 24, 2021. Write to FCDOT today to tell them:
- Safe, separated bikeways encourage more active transportation, reduce vehicle-miles-traveled, and improve the environment.
- Safe, separated bikeways are a step toward achieving equity.
- Trails are an essential resource that connects communities to transit, nature, and each other.
- Trails foster appreciation and stewardship of our natural resources.
- There are no substitutions to the proposed Cinder Bed bikeway on existing roadways; there are no alternative connections to bike or walk safely and directly to/from the transit station.
Send your comments by May 24 to FCDOT on this form and use the subject line “Comments for the Cinder Bed Bikeway.” View a recent recording of a presentation on the proposed shared-use path design here.