The theme is making mixed-use, transit-oriented developments bike friendly. Can Tysons become a bicycle-friendly community? We think it can, and we’ll explore the many challenges and opportunities for making Tysons and similar communities in Fairfax more bikeable. Additionally, vendors will have lots of interesting bikes and gear on display. Bike advocates and community leaders will have an opportunity to network and learn how to make Fairfax a better place.
The registration fee is $25 and includes lunch and other refreshments. Register online. A limited number of slots are available for the pre-summit workshop, Infrastructure Advocacy 101, that will be held from 9-9:45 a.m.
Fairfax County is undertaking a major transformation of Tysons in an effort to create a livable, walkable, automobile-independent community. Four new Silver Line Metro stations due to open in Tysons in 2014 are part of the foundation of that transformation.
The Summit conversation:
Importance of bicycling to the future of Tysons
Bicycle and transit integration
Access and encouragement for all
Bikes and business
Safety, law enforcement, and evaluation
Where to next for Fairfax biking?
The success of the Tysons transformation could influence transit-oriented developments across Fairfax County for the next 40 years. From Merrifield to Springfield, Huntington to Reston, bicycle-oriented transportation options must be integral parts of future developments.
The summit is staged by Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling, in partnership with George Mason University, Fairfax County, and the city of Fairfax. If you are interested in volunteering or exhibiting at the summit, contact us at email@example.com. Hope to see you there
WABA strongly supports the long-awaited completion of the Capital Crescent Trail. As long as the interim trail remains unpaved, with at grade-crossings and no connection into downtown Silver Spring, this section of the trail will continue to be underused and undervalued. We see how critical the portion of the CCT from Bethesda to Georgetown is because it is well-paved with grade separated crossings and connects two population hubs.
Cyclists who travel through Rosslyn might want to stop by this workshop on Saturday
Arlington County is asking the public to weigh in on planning concepts that will transform Rosslyn’s future built environment, public spaces and transportation connections at a workshop on October 5.
“We want Arlingtonians to get involved in reinventing Rosslyn," said Arlington County Board Chairman J. Walter Tejada. “This is an exciting opportunity to help us create a Rosslyn that is more vibrant and walkable, that has great public spaces and a better mix of homes and offices."
The County is looking for guidance on:
Bold and compelling options for the future of Rosslyn, such as:
Possibilities for a new 18th Street corridor through Rosslyn’s core
Transformation of Fort Myer Drive and Lynn Street
The Realize Rosslyn Community Workshop will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, with the formal presentation starting at 9 a.m. The event will be held at The Artisphere Ballroom, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22209 (two blocks from Rosslyn Metro Station). Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and RSVP's are requested. To register, visit the County Website.
Too bad this is the same time as the Arlington Fun Ride.
A public meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 18 to discuss proposed bike lanes for King Street between Russell Road and Janney's lane in Alexandria. The City of Alexandria is proposing to narrow the moving lanes to provide traffic calming and install bicycle lanes in both directions. These will connect to the King Street Metro to the new bicycle lanes installed on Janney’s Lane, as called for in the City’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Mobility Plan, and will require parking removal on that section of King Street. The decision on this rests with the Transportation Department, which answers to the City Council.
**** Action 1: If you live or work in Alexandria, please write to the City Council in support of the proposed King Street bicycle lanes. If we are to meet our goal to make bicycling a realistic option throughout Alexandria for people of all abilities, we need a bicycle network that is connected instead of disjoint. Brief messages are most effective. "I am a resident, I ride, I vote, and I want safer bike lanes for my family."
**** Action 2: Please attend the public meeting and speak up for these bicycle lanes. If you have friends in that area of Alexandria, please ask them to speak up. Again, brief messages are the most effective.
When: Wednesday, September 18. 7:00 pm Where: Maury Elementary Cafeteria, 600 Russell Road Why: Because bicycling is fun and should also be safe
Although the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) has been installing R4-11 (Bicycles may use full lane) signs on many highways, managers have indicated that sharrows will be used more sporadically, if at all. So I was quite surprised to see some sharrows on MD-450 in Bladensburg, where right the lanes are 12 feet wide.
Unfortunately, SHA placed the sharrows about 4 feet from the curb rather than in the center of the lane. I sent them the following complaint.
I am filing this under "complaint" because it may or may not be time-sensitive. I noticed about 4 sharrows painted in the right lane and if more are planned, it would be wise to reflect on these concerns before proceeding.
MBPAC and others have warned SHA that the guidance for sharrows is incomplete and/or misleading. Sharrows are used under two very different situations: On lanes that are wide enough to share side-by-side, and on lanes that are too narrow to share side by side (often with an R4-11 sign). In the former case, sharrows should usually be about 4 feet from the curb or pavement edge--and that is what the guidance said. But when the lane is too narrow to share side by side, then sharrows should be in the center of the lane.
Here you have sharrows 4 feet from the curb on 12 foot lanes. Such sharrows communicate to drivers that the cyclists should be keeping right to make room for the car to pass within the lane--but there is not enough room. The sharrows also communicate to drivers that a cyclist using the full lane (generally about 7 feet from the curb) is hogging the lane when he should be farther to the right. Given that we even have R4-11 signs on this road, you have just painted sharrows that contradict the message of the R4-11 signs.
For examples of the right way to do this, please see the photos for the following cities:
A side benefit of mid-lane sharrows is that they do not wear away as fast as sharrows placed in the tire tracks, But the main reason not to place sharrows 4 feet from the curb in a 12-foot lane is that doing so encourages cyclists to ride in a place where drivers will attempt to pass bikes within the lane with insufficient clearance--exactly the opposite of what the R4-11 sign was designed to do.
I'll let you know what they decide.
Jim Titus is a bicycle advocate from Prince Georges County. The opinions expressed herein do not necessarily represent the views of any organization with which he is affiliated.