The Committee shall be composed of members appointed by the
Board of Supervisors for a term of two years.
Membership shall include one member from each magisterial
district, one at-large member, and one member from each of
the following groups: Northern Virginia Builders Association,
Federation of Citizens Associations, Fairfax County Park
Authority, Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority,
Washington Area Bicyclist Association, the Clifton Horse
Society and the Fairfax County Disability Services Board.
The Committee shall be under the direction of a chairperson
elected for a one-year period by majority vote of the
committee members at the first meeting of the calendar year.
Other officers shall be a vice-chairperson and a secretary to
be appointed by the chairperson.
Meetings shall be held monthly or as called by the
The Committee shall submit a report of its activities
annually to the Board of Supervisors at the end of the
Procedures covering operations of the Committee and its
relationships with other County agencies shall be developed
by the Committee in collaboration with the agencies involved.
Examples of such procedures are:
(1) development and revision of the Countywide Trails
(2) development of an annual trail, sidewalk, and bike
route construction program.
(3) review of requests for trail construction waivers.
(4) work with county staff to improve pedestrian and
bicycle safety, and
(5) promotion of the use of bicycling and walking as
alternative forms of transportation.
These procedures shall be published in appropriate county
The Committee shall use Robert's Rules of Order for
conducting all meetings.
The Countywide Trails and Sidewalks Committee is appointed
by and reports to the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors for
the purpose of providing citizen input and oversight to
planning and developing a non-motorized transportation
The Countywide Trails Committee was established by the
Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on April 3, 1978. The
name of the committee was later changed to the Non-motorized
Transportation Committee. In establishing this committee, the
Board recognized the desirability of coordinating the
development of a trail and sidewalk network to serve
pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians throughout the
county. To further such development the Board also adopted a
Countywide Trails Plan, which as a component of the
Comprehensive Plan, guides and controls the location of
priority trails, sidewalks, and bike routes.
Legislation such as the Clean Air Act of 1991, increasingly
serious traffic congestion, and concerns for the quality of
life in Fairfax County have caused the citizens of the county
to express a continuing desire for adequate and safe
facilities providing non-motorized transportation
alternatives as well as recreational opportunities. The
Policy Plan element of the Fairfax County Comprehensive Plan
adopted on August 6, 1990 includes Transportation Objective
4, which establishes policies that endorse the provision of
non-motorized facility improvements and supports the
promotion of a comprehensive trail, sidewalk, and bike route
system throughout the county.
It should be noted that the term "trails" as used
herein refers to all non-motorized travel facilities
including but not limited to sidewalks, paths, foot trails,
bridle paths, bicycle trails, and on-road bicycle routes.
The Countywide Trails and Sidewalks Committee shall be
Serving as an advisory group to the Fairfax County Board of
Supervisors on all trail, sidewalk, and bike route matters,
including planning, policies, standards, priorities,
issues, and system development.
Fostering and promoting the development of a Countywide
trail, sidewalk, and bike route system to serve
transportation and recreation needs.
Promoting the coordinated development of an integrated
countywide public non motorized transportation system to
meet the diverse needs of County residents for facilities
for transportation and recreation purposes. The system will
include trails, sidewalks and bike routes constructed
and/or maintained by or under the auspices of the
Department of Public Works and Environmental Services, the
Department of Transportation, the Fairfax County Park
Authority, the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority,
the Virginia Department of Transportation, and other
Providing oversight and input to the preparation,
promulgation, and amendment of a Countywide Trails Plan,
which contains all authorized public trails, sidewalks, and
bike routes serving county transportation and recreation
Coordinating with the Department of Planning and Zoning in
the review of trail waiver requests submitted to the
Department of Public Works and Environmental Services by
the development community.
Recommending the development of all county trails,
sidewalks and bike routes whose primary purpose is to
provide an alternative transportation route for pedestrians
and bicyclists. This responsibility shall include:
Recommending trails, sidewalks and bike routes to be
identified on the Countywide Trails Plan.
Recommending priorities for the construction of trails,
sidewalks and bike routes.
Recommending to the Board of Supervisors an annual program
for the funding and construction of such trails, sidewalks
and bike routes (through the Capital Improvement Program).
Reviewing and providing suggestions to the Department of
Public Works and Environmental Services and the Virginia
Department of Transportation on trail, sidewalk, and bike
route construction standards and design guidelines.
Coordinating with the Department of Transportation and the
Virginia Department of Transportation on issues related to
trail, sidewalk, and bike route locations and types
associated with new road construction projects.
Assisting with the development and promulgation of
standards related to trail, sidewalk, and bike route
identification (including signage) and maintenance.
Developing and maintaining By-Laws which govern the
membership and operation of the Committee.
In its operation the Committee works and coordinates with
the Department of Planning and Zoning, the Department of
Transportation, the Department of Public Works and
Environmental Services, the Fairfax County Park Authority,
and the Virginia Department of Transportation. Staff support
to the Committee is provided by the Department of Planning