I've been asleep on this one a bit, but luckily FABB has not. VDOT is holding a series of meetings on the future of I-66 as a multimodal facility. FABB and other bike advocates think this is a great opportunity to extend the Custis Trail from the W&OD Trail at 495 to Haymarket (which is a city, not a place where one can sell their hay. Take my word for it, you'll only make that mistake once). Such a facility is included in the Fairfax County Trails Plan as well as the Tier I I-66 FEIS (see more at FABB).
I think this is probably the biggest potential trails addition in the area that is out there.
One meeting has already been held, but there are two more this week
Please consider attending one of the I-66 meetings to learn more about the project and voice your support for bike access, or Take Action Now to insist that biking and walking be an integral part of the planned multi-modal improvements to the I-66 corridor.
Providing bicycle and pedestrian facilities along I-66 will:
- Improve bicycle and pedestrian access to transit and surrounding neighborhoods
- Promote biking for both long distance and short local trips
- Reduce traffic congestion along I-66 and neighboring roads
- Provide a great recreational asset and opportunities for physical fitness
Two other meetings are planned for next week:
- Tuesday, February 3, at Oakton High School in Vienna from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
- Thursday, February 5, at the VDOT Northern Virginia District Office in Fairfax from 6:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m.
I guess it doesn't have to be the "Custis Trail", since it doesn't directly connect to the existing one. They could name it after someone else from Fairfax - like Lauren Graham.