Trails and Sidewalks Committee


Trails and Sidewalks The Trails and Sidewalks Committee consists of representatives from the nine magisterial districts, an at-large representative, and representatives from the following organizations: Fairfax County Park Authority, the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, the Clifton Horse Society, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, Northern Virginia Builder's Industry Association, Fairfax Area Disability Services Board and the Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations ( members and staff page).

Staff from the County Department of Planning and Zoning , the Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, the Department of Transportation and the Park Authorityand assist the committee. The committee evaluates existing facilities for trails, sidewalks and bicycle routes and assists the county in producing maps of these facilities, and plans new facilities. Committee members also evaluate subdivision plans and site plans for trail facilities.

Vision: To ensure that residents and others can easily and safely travel between and through major commercial, residential, and natural areas using non-motorized transportation.

New Committee Name

Formerly the Non-Motorized Transportation Committee, the committee was renamed the Trails and Sidewalks Committee at it's Feb. 6, 2006, meeting. The committee was originally formed as the Trails Committee in 1978. The name was later changed to the Non-Motorized Transportation Committee to reflect the broadened scope of the committee, which included providing accommodations for sidewalks, trails, and on-road bicycle facilities. Despite the change, most people continued to refer to the committee as the Trails Committee. To simplify the name, at their February 6, 2006 meeting, the Board of Supervisors moved that the committee name be changed to the Trails and Sidewalks Committee.

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. See the Pedestrian Task Force page for more information, including the final report.


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