Fairfax County Bicycle Program

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Northern Virginia Regional Bike and Trail Network Study

The Virginia Department of Transportation is leading a study to update the 2003 Regional Bike and Trail Network Study that "developed a regional plan for a bicycle and trail network which provides connectivity through on-road facilities (like shoulders, bike lanes and neighborhood roads) as well as off-road facilities (shared use trails and sidepaths). Starting with all the existing bike/ped plans from each jurisdiction, major routes were compared using the "Latent Demand Method." This method uses the population density, the employment centers and other factors such as parks, Metro stations and community centers to predict which routes will have the largest volumes even before the trail or bike lane is built."

Your input is needed to determine what routes would be the most comfortable and best for you to ride in the future. VDOT has set up an interactive survey for you to provide feedback on.

Fairfax County Bicycle Parking Guidelines

The Fairfax County Bicycle Parking Guidelines are designed to help developers with providing the proper number, type, and placement of bicycle parking. The guidelines provide examples of bicycle parking rates for different types of development, different styles of acceptable bicycle racks, and proper placement in a variety of locations.

Summer 2015 Repaving Information

Visit our Projects Page to find information about past meetings on Proposed Bicycle Projects related to the Summer 2015 Repaving

About the Bike Program

In 2006 the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approved the comprehensive bicycle initiative, a program committed to making Fairfax County bicycle friendly.

Four primary components of this initiative include the following: creating a county bicycle route map, establishing a full-time staff position devoted to bicycle facility coordination, planning, and implementation, examining roads and streets that may accommodate on-road bike lanes with minimal reconstruction and establishing a pilot program for an interconnected bicycling network. Program responsibilities have been assigned to the Fairfax County Department of Transportation.

Some Things We’re Working On

Fairfax County Bicycle Route Map-  A top priority of the Board of Supervisors was the creation of a bicycle map showing bike friendly routes connecting all of Fairfax County. The first countywide bicycle route map was released on May 16th, 2008. More information and downloadable versions of the map are available on the bike map page.

Bike and Ride- We want to make it easier to get around Fairfax, so we initiated “Bike and Ride”. On October 15, 2007, 100% of our Fairfax Connector bus fleet was equipped with front mounted bike racks, each capable of carrying two bicycles.  For more information see our bicycle commuting page.

On-Road Bike Lanes- FCDOT is working with the Virginia Department of Transportation to identify roadways that can be retrofitted with on-road bike lanes or wide curb lanes to better accommodate bicycles. This will be accomplished by readjusting pavement markings and adding signage. Some of the routes under consideration are: Gallows Road, Westmoreland Street, Fort Hunt Road, Backlick Road/Amherst Avenue, Glade Drive, Jones Branch Drive, Sleepy Hollow Road, Braddock Road, and Hunter Village Drive. Currently there are over 30 roadway segments across the county identified to accommodate bicyclists.

Bicycle Locker Rental Program- Ten lockers are located at Reston South Park and Ride lot, ten are available at the Herndon-Monroe Park and Ride lot and 20 lockers are available at Sunset Hills Park and Ride lot. For more information visit our Bike Lockers page.

Communications and Outreach-  With our new bicycle program underway, we thought it would be nice to hear from our users. We’ve made it easier by establishing a designated phone line and an e-mail mailbox. Call us at (703) 324-BIKE (2453) or use our contact form.  FCDOT is also a sponsor and participant of “Bike to Work Day” and will be participating bike events around the county.

Transportation Demand Management and Bicycles- We have begun looking at how bicycles fit in to the development process. In the coming months, staff will be developing bicycle standards for the development community. These standards will address things such as: bicycle parking requirements, rack and locker specifications, bicycle sharing, and other programs designed to make bicycling a mode choice.

Bicycle Safety and Helmets- This year, FCDOT teamed up with the Virginia Department of Health to distribute bicycle helmets to children who can not afford helmets. More information is available on the Bike Safety page.  

Bicycle Improvement Projects-  FCDOT is developing a list of projects that will improve bicycle travel and securing funding to see these projects through to construction. Watch for more news on this effort.

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