Fairfax Countywide Bicycle Master Plan
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The plan was split into two phases. Phase I covers how to improve bicycle accessibility and safety in Tysons, while Phase II plans for the rest of the county.
Phase I of the plan, otherwise called the Tysons Corner Bicycle Master Plan, was completed in May 2011. It "provides detailed bicycle infrastructure recommendations to replace the conceptual bicycle network provided in the Tysons Corner Urban Center Amendment of the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan, adopted in June 2010." The plan was developed by the FCDOT Bicycle Program.
The Tysons Corner Bicycle Master Plan is comprised of four goals for improving bicycling options in the greater Tysons area:
- 1. Fully integrate bicycle improvements into the planning and development process in Tysons Corner.
- 2. Improve bicycle safety, access and connectivity to, from, through and within Tysons Corner.
- 3. Foster the development of a bike culture in Tysons Corner.
- 4. Make bicycle travel a viable transportation choice and thus expand the numbers of, and variety of, people bicycling for transportation – including young and old, novice and experienced, and occasional and regular riders.
- The recommendations for Fairfax County range from bike parking requirements to requirements for bike accommodations on private roads that serve public access and through parking lots. The recommendations for VDOT include adoption of typical urban travel-lane widths, access management across sidepaths, and refining intersection design standards. The policy recommendations also highlight how Fairfax County can implement emerging bicycle treatments such as colored bike lanes and bike boxes and how it can incorporate bike transportation into ongoing TDM programs.
Phase II of the master plan will make recommendations for bicycling improvements for the rest of the county.
The objectives to be addressed in this plan include:
- Encouraging healthy lifestyles and physical activity through daily commutes;
- Enhanced recreational opportunities;
- Increased conservation of energy resources;
- Congestion mitigation and emission reduction;
- Improved mobility for all transportation system users;
- Conversion of short (less than three miles) single-occupancy vehicle trips to bicycle trips.
Subarea Meeting Notes and Materials
Throughout 2011 and 2012, the county held regional meetings in different communities of Fairfax for input about the master plan.
Planning focus groups
Five focus group meetings were held in April and May, 2012 to discuss specific issues identified as part of the planning process. Meetings from each meeting are available below:
- Economic Impacts: April 23, 2012
- Biking and Health: May 1, 2012
- Bike Safety Education: May 8, 2012
- School Transportation: May 15, 2012
- Biking and Law Enforcement Issues: May 23, 2012
- ↑ Fairfax County. "Countywide Bicycle Master Plan". Webpage. Fairfax County. http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/bike/county_bike_master_plan.htm. Retrieved 27 Oct. 201.
- ↑ FCDOT (2012). "Project Description". webpage. Fairfax County. http://tooledesign.com/fairfax/project-description. Retrieved 28 October 2012.
- ↑ FCDOT (2012). "Project Description". webpage. Fairfax County. http://tooledesign.com/fairfax/materials-resources. Retrieved 28 October 2012.