Fairfax Action Alert: Tysons and Fairfax Boulevard workshops Imagine a 10-minute bike ride to your office. Or shops and grocery stores just a few blocks away via bike lanes. Two upcoming series of workshops offer an opportunity to shape a more bicycle-friendly Fairfax.
Tysons Corner Workshops WABA and Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling (FABB) encourage cyclists to participate in one of six interactive and hands-on workshops to frame the future of Tysons Corner. This is your opportunity to identify the key planning parameters that the consultant team and Task Force will use to create a preferred alternative for Tysons' future. These workshops will consider three general models for the future development of Tysons. Future workshops will involve more detailed, street-level planning. These are the dates of the workshops:
Tuesday March 20, 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Tuesday March 20, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday March 20, 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday March 21, 1:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday March 21, 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
The workshops will all be held at Capital One Conference Center, 1680 Capital One Drive, McLean, Virginia. Visit the Task Force website at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpz/tysonscorner/ for information on the March workshops and to register online. To register by phone, call 703-324-1344.You must register by March 16, 2007 to attend a workshop.
Fairfax Boulevard Redesign
On March 24, Fairfax City is holding a workshop to get public input on redesigning Fairfax Boulevard (Route 50/29). Currently the corridor is difficult to navigate by bicycle, and plans to widen it to 6 lanes could compound the difficulties unless better planning for bicycle access is incorporated from the outset.
WABA and FABB encourage cyclists in and around Fairfax City to participate. Key points to emphasize at the workshop include:
·On-road bike routes: Striping bike lanes will enable nearby residents to patronize businesses without clogging up the roads. ·Bike parking: Installing bike racks at all shopping centers, and especially in front of supermarkets, will help reduce the parking burden on parking lots and help local businesses attract more customers. ·Building and street design: Bringing stores up to the curb line (and putting parking in back or underground) will make them more attractive and improve the identity of the area. Including traffic calming features such as landscaped medians, tree buffers, and squared-off intersections will make the Boulevard both more bicycle-friendly and a more appealing destination.
The workshop will be held on Saturday March 24 from 9 AM - 2 PM, at the Fairfax High School cafeteria on 3500 Old Lee Highway. It will be the first event in a three-day design charrette process. For more information, visit www.fairfaxva.gov/Boulevard/FBMP.asp and contact FABB at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to stay up to date? Visit FABB's Blog! FABB has started a blog on Fairfax advocacy issues. It will be used to post breaking news and items of interest that may not be on the website.See http://www.fabb-bikes.org/blog/blog.html