A Fabulous Community Meeting

The Burke-Springfield Master Bike Plan Open House was a success! If you were there, you sensed the energy. We still need your input!

The Burke-Springfield-Kingstowne-Lorton Open House for the community input portion of the Countywide Bicycle Transportation Plan for Fairfax County was exceptionally well attended. 

Some 50 citizens of all ages and biking abilities met at the to express their interest, concerns and suggestions, helping shape this groundbreaking project.

I extend my personal thanks to all who took time to attend. The project staff, county representatives, and Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling (FABB) sponsoring the event were blown away by your response!

I've been to two other open house events, and the energy level and involvement at this open house was a grade above the other two productive events.

With standing room only, the staff was pleased to collect your comments and incorporate your suggestions. In the words of one of Toole Design staff "we had the full spectrum of riders – experienced, regular commuters, cruisers and children."

Our area will benefit tremendously from your early involvement in this project. We will work to keep you abreast of the Master Bike Plan progress. If you were not able to attend, please go to the project website and give your comments. All suggestions will be valued. 

An open house for the Annandale and Falls Church area will be held February 15, 4:30 p.m., at the , 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale.

The Fairfax/Fairfax City area will be held in March. Comments on all County areas are collected at these open house events.

This community input will guide bicycle transportation planning for years to come. It will make a difference!

Two of my grandsons, 14 and 12, came along and were excited that their views on what is needed for safe bicycling to school, shopping and offices were valued. This is a great event to introduce children to how healthy communities work, with the hard work of residents.

The Master Bike Plan project is doing well, and we are achieving our goal of high citizen involment. We are all eager for a county in which we can add bicycling to our daily transportation choices.

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Anna Gibson January 27, 2012 at 01:31 PM
How many miles of bike trails are there in Fairfax County? What are the biggest unmet needs? How does this relate or balance with other recreational investments in the county?
Adam Froehlig January 27, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Anna, it's not just about recreation. There are a number of bicycle commuters in the county as well, which is important since every bike commuter means one less car on the road during rush hour.


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