About the Pedestrian Program
Pedestrian safety is a high priority for Fairfax County, because of the injuries and fatalities resulting from automobile related crashes every year. In 2002, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors initiated a comprehensive Pedestrian Program for Fairfax County, and provided dedicated resources to meet specific goals.
Pedestrian Program Projects and Accomplishments
Pedestrian Projects - The Board has designated $48 million in federal, state and county funding under direction of FCDOT to construct pedestrian improvements in high-priority areas of Fairfax County. Major sidewalk projects have recently been completed along Route 1, Route 29, and Route 236. Pedestrian intersection improvements have recently been completed along Route 28, Route 50, Burke Centre Parkway and Old Keene Mill Road. A listing of the current projects initiated by FCDOT can be found on the Pedestrian Projects page.
- Tysons Metrorail Station Access Improvement Projects
- Reston Area Metrorail Station Access Improvement Projects
Pedestrian Safety - By following a few simple reminders pedestrians and drivers can help keep each other safe. To learn about FCDOT Safety Tips and Programs please visit the Pedestrian Safety page.
Yield to Pedestrians Program - Fairfax County is one of a few jurisdictions in Virginia allowed to place signs at designated intersections providing for an increased fine for failing to yield to pedestrians. The "Yield to Pedestrians in Crosswalks $100 - $500 Violation Fine" Signs Program is administered by FCDOT. Currently the signs are installed at over 400 intersections in the County. Citizens may request these signs at crosswalks by contacting FCDOT.
Countdown Pedestrian Signals - Fairfax County has more of these modern LED countdown signals installed than any other jurisdiction in Virginia. Fairfax County provided funding to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) for the initial upgrade of 150 locations. VDOT continued upgrading with state funding so that now nearly all of the 500 locations with signalized crosswalks in Fairfax County have these improved devices, which aid drivers and pedestrians in understanding the time remaining to cross during the "Don't Walk" interval.
Bus Stop Inventory - The Board authorized a Bus Stop Inventory and Safety Study of the over 4000 Metrobus and Fairfax Connector public transit bus stops throughout Fairfax County, to determine if these stops are safe for pedestrians and to make recommendations on improving the stops. The Bus Stop Inventory and Safety Study was completed in 2004. Bus stop improvements are underway at priority stops identified in the study, and currently over 100 Bus stop improvements are being designed for construction over the next few years.
Pedestrian Task Force - The Board established a Pedestrian Task Force, consisting of citizens, appointed commission members, and multi-disciplined staff, to review existing Fairfax County pedestrian programs and activities, make recommendations on improving these programs, develop coordinated education and outreach efforts, and prioritize funding for pedestrian projects. The Task Force completed and delivered its final report to the Board in 2006. Currently, The Trails and Sidewalks Committee serves the Board in the citizen advisory role.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Please check our Pedestrian Program FAQs section for other related information.