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IMPORTANT ISSUES FOR VIRGINIA CYCLISTS
WABA needs your help today on three very important issues facing Virginia cyclists. We hope that you will take the time to take action to help ensure that Virgina becomes a better place to ride.
Get Bikes over the Beltway
The Virginia Department of Transportation is currently negotiating with the private firms Fluor/TransUrban on all aspects of the proposed High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes on the Beltway in Virginia. Due to the nature of the public-private partnership under which this proposal is being considered, these negotiations are being conducted in secret. A number of the bridges along and crossing the Beltway will be reconstructed as part of the project. These bridges currently pose major barriers to bicycle travel in Northern Virginia.
Now is the chance to provide bicycle accommodations on all bridge crossings affected by the project. WABA and Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling urge Fairfax cyclists to contact VDOT and demand that bicycle accommodations be included in all Beltway HOT lane bridge projects. Write to Dennis Morrison, Northern Virginia District Administrator, at Dennis.Morrison@VDOT.Virginia.gov. Copy firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consider including these points in your message:
- The Fairfax County Trails Plan calls for bicycle routes on many of the Beltway crossings. The HOT Lanes project provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to build these routes.
- Providing bicycle and pedestrian access on the crossings is consistent with VDOT policy to "accommodate bicyclists and pedestrians…in the planning, funding, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of Virginia's transportation network."
- Crossings on roads such as Little River Turnpike in Annandale, Chain Bridge Road in McLean, Route 7 in Tysons Corner and Gallows Road in Dunn Loring are key bicycling corridors. Providing bicycle accommodations is critical to making bicycling a more viable transportation option and reducing traffic congestion.
For more information, visit http://www.fabb-bikes.org/.
Public Hearing on Stringfellow Road
Tuesday, June 12 5 - 8 PM
Chantilly High School
4201 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly
The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to widen Stringfellow Road from two to four lanes between Fair Lakes Boulevard and Route 50. VDOT has scheduled a public hearing to present the plans and get citizen input. WABA and FABB encourage bicyclists to support on-road bicycle accommodations on Stringfellow.
1) Speak at the hearing. Support the plan for wide curb lanes to allow a bicycle route on the planned road. There will also be a shared use path, but it is critical that the on-road facility be included in the project. Sign up to speak when you arrive at the meeting. There will be an open house between 5 and 6 PM. The program begins at 6 PM, with a brief presentation followed by public comments.
2) Submit written comments. E-mail your comments to Meeting_Comments@vdot.virginia.gov. Write on the subject line, "Stringfellow Road Widening Comments." Please copy FABB at email@example.com.
Points you may wish to include in your comments:
- On-road bike accommodations would facilitate more trips by bicycle, helping reduce traffic congestion. Stringfellow connects with a bike trail on Fair Lakes Boulevard and with the Greenbriar shopping center.
- This section of Stringfellow includes a public library, two schools, and a park. On-road bicycle accommodations will make it easier to reach these community destinations and enable more children and youth to bike to school.
- The wider outside lanes mark a good step forward for bicycling, but additional measures to calm traffic would further help improve bicycling and walking conditions. These include wider, landscaped buffers along the road, and tighter curb radii that encourage motorists to turn at slower speeds.
Act Now for a Bike Friendly Tysons Corner
Tunnel Rally Monday June 4, 11 AM - 1 PM
Fairfax County Government Center
12000 Government Center Parkway
WABA and FABB have been active in the plans to redesign Tysons Corner as a more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly area. While the impetus for redesigning Tysons is the planned extension of Metrorail, many questions remain on whether or not planned roadways, especially Rts 7 and 123, will be safe for walking and biking. WABA and FABB urge you to email VDOT Commissioner David Ekern with copies to Fairfax Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerry Connolly and Supervisor Linda Smyth from the Providence District to ask for their assurance that the future of Tysons Corner is one where the streets are complete, and that people can walk and bike safely.
Most Fairfax residents, businesses, and elected leaders support a below-ground alignment for the Metrorail extension through Tysons, and a panel of engineers commissioned by Governor Kaine recommended building a tunnel. Nonetheless, the state is moving forward to build the rail extension above-ground.
TysonsTunnel.org is a coalition of local nonprofits, chambers of commerce, businesses and concerned citizens who support an open and competitive bidding process for the Metrorail extension to Dulles Airport and inclusion of the tunnel option. TysonsTunnel is holding a rally during the Fairfax Board of Supervisors meeting on Monday, June 4. Contact Dennis Jaffe at DJaffe@TysonsTunnel.org. To reserve a seat on shuttle buses from Vienna or McLean, visit http://www.tysonstunnel.org/.