Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Progress in Cycling in Fairfax County

I just got home from a Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling meeting and I'm feeling positive.  Good things are happening because people are working on projects at the regional, county, community, and neighborhood levels to make cycling more possible and safer.

What kind of things are being considered and worked upon?  Fairfax County has let a bid for bike racks which will be delivered in early November and some of those racks will be assigned to Herndon and Vienna.  Plans are being developed in the Dranesville District for signage for three projects by the Pedestrian Task Force/Bicycle Subcommittee.  In November the construction begins on a Bike Ped Bridge to connect disconnected sections of Wolftrap Road to the northeast of Vienna.  The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors are talking about a Bicycle Master Plan for the county.  In the Sully District a Federal Enhancement Grant is nearing for planning routes that can be cycled between historic sites.  WMATA (Metro) has planner looking at the Vienna Metro Station and others in the system to promote the increase use of biking and walking to Metro Stations.  Work is continuing on drafting Fairfax County Bicycle Parking guidelines and specifications.  The first meeting of the Vienna Bicycle Advisory Committee was held last week with over a dozen people participating.

Progress...........the two guys in the photo are Jeff Herman (left) and Charlie Strunk (right).  Jeff is a Transportation Planner who works with Charlie who is the Bike Coordinator for Fairfax County.  I learned much of what I outlined above in listening to their sharing during the FABB meeting at the Vienna Community Center.  Interested in what's happening?  Go to

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