Fairfax County Bicycle Program
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Upcoming Public Meetings
In response to recommendations and suggestions offered by community members and trail users, the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA) is planning trail improvements of the Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail at Wakefield Park in Annandale, Va. A public meeting to discuss the project will be held at 7 p.m. on October 15, 2015 at Kings Glen Elementary School Cafeteria, which is located at 5401 Danbury Forest Drive in Springfield, VA. The Gerry Connolly Cross County Trail is one of the most heavily used trails systems in Fairfax County. The Park Authority's project includes paving approximately 7,800 linear feet of the trail in Wakefield Park between Braddock Road and Americana Park. The proposed route will follow the existing gravel trail, will be approximately eight to ten feet wide, and will be designed to minimize the impact to natural resources contained within the park. The Park Authority's project team includes environmental and historic resource professionals who will be closely involved in the design process and will work to ensure that any impacts are limited. For comments or questions about the project, please contact FCPA Project Manager Bill Boston or FCDOT Project Manager Adam Lind.
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.
Recently Completed Projects
Reston Bike Share
Feasibility Study - The study was completed in June 2014 and
recommended that Fairfax County move forward to bring bike sharing to
- Wiehle-Reston East Station Bike Room - Don't miss out, sign up to be a member for this new secure Facility.
- View our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the Wiehle Bike Room.
- New Bike Fairfax Phone App- On the Go? Learn how to download Bike Fairfax on your smart phone.
- Fairfax County Bicycle Master Plan - The draft Bicycle Master Plan was completed in late 2012. Staff is working with various County departments for review.
- New Bicycle Lockers - Available to rent at the Burke and Backlick Road VRE Stations. For more information and locker locations, visit the Bike Lockers page.
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.