Fairfax County Adds Bicycle Lanes Through Summer Repaving Program


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 16, 2016

Local bicyclists will have more dedicated lanes in Fairfax County thanks to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) summer paving program. When complete, this year’s effort will result in nearly 20 miles of new and upgraded bike lanes, including:

  • Braeburn Drive (Braddock District): Guinea Road to Wakefield Chapel Road
  • Coffer Woods Road (Braddock District): Burke Centre Parkway to New England Woods Drive
  • Patriot Drive (Braddock District): Heritage Drive to Americana Drive
  • Queensberry Avenue (Braddock District): Braddock Road to Heming Avenue
  • Heritage Drive (Braddock and Mason Districts): Ravensworth Road to Little River Turnpike
  • Ravensworth Road (Mason District): Braddock Road to Little River Turnpike
  • Markham Street (Mason District): McWhorter Place to Little River Turnpike
  • McWhorter Place (Mason District): Markham Street to Ravensworth Road
  • John Marr Drive (Mason District): Ravensworth Road to Backlick Road
  • Southrun Road (Mount Vernon District): Silverbrook Road to Ambrose Court

Also, 3.5 miles in upgraded buffered bike lanes are now in place on Telegraph Road (Lee District) from the Fairfax County Parkway to Hilltop Village Center Drive, and features the County’s first bicycle two-stage left turn.

“2016 was another successful year of collaboration between VDOT and FCDOT during the repaving and restriping process to create complete streets and provide more transportation options to people around the County,” said Adam Lind, Fairfax County bicycle program manager. “The projects in the Annandale area will create a connected network of on-street bike lanes that will allow residents to get from their homes to schools, parks, and the Annandale central business district to work and shop.”

Fairfax County currently has 368 miles of bike lanes, shared-use paths and trails, which includes approximately 70 miles of on-street facilities. The County’s goal of creating a 1,130-mile bike network was approved by the Board of Supervisors in the Bicycle Master Plan in Fall 2014.

The bike lanes are a part of VDOT’s repaving program, which gives the Commonwealth and County Departments of Transportation an opportunity to identify, design and implement bike projects on roads that were already included in the repaving plan.  Improvements included shifting or narrowing lanes to accommodate bike lanes; placing shared-lane markings, known as “sharrows,” on the road to help increase awareness of cyclist activity; and “road diets,” which reduce travel lanes to help reduce speeding and increase safety.

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