May 8, 2002 Minutes - Trails and Sidewalks Committee

Members Attending: Deborah Leser (Sully District), Bruce Wright (Hunter Mill District), Kevin Brugman (Mount Vernon District), Donald Emerson (Providence District), Bunyan Bryant (Mason District), Walter Brodtmann (WABA), Dan Iglhaut (NVRPA), Ann Bennett (At-Large), and Jenny Pate (FCPA).

Staff Attending: David Marshall and Sheng-Jieh Leu (DPZ)

Guests Attending: Michael Guarino (PDD) and Leonard Wolfenstein (FCDOT)

Chairman Ann Bennett called the meeting to order at 7:35 PM.

Meeting Minutes

The minutes were reviewed. The spelling of Trott Avenue was corrected whereupon the minutes were accepted unanimously.

Construction Status Report

Mr. Guarino distributed the Walkway Implementation Status Report dated May 8. He described the increase in construction during the prior quarter due largely to the annual construction project. Mr. Guarino reviewed the entire report with each district committee member present. He encouraged all committee members to contact him and to come in and discuss any concerns or changes they would like to see.


Mr. Brugman asked is it was possible to set five feet as the standard width for sidewalks in Mount Vernon District. Mr. Guarino said this was possible.

Priority List of Trails

Mr. Wolfenstein of Fairfax County DOT came to begin implementing the recommendations resulting from the Transportation Advisory Committee's Conference on Pedestrian and Bicycle issues. Last July the BOS directed DOT to respond to the recommendations. A revised draft of the summit's recommendations was distributed to the committee members. Comments from the committee concerning the report can be sent to Ann Bennett or Mr. Leu. Mr. Brodtman noted that the title of the report referred to pedestrian access issues. He asked that the report emphasize these issues not just for pedestrians but also for bicyclists.

Item 3 of the draft report charges the NMTC and the TAC with the development of a comprehensive 10 year plan for non-motorized transportation. A key element of this item is the development of a prioritized list of projects to be constructed. Mr. Wolfenstein is responsible for beginning this process. He distributed a draft list of criteria that could be used to establish a priority list. The committee discussed the list and other methods of establishing priorities extensively. Issues that arose included

  • Whether each item should be equal to the others or whether some items should "weigh" more than others when being analyzed
  • The number of criteria
  • Should a final score be determined and be the primary determinant of a project's priority or should it provide a guideline for discussion?
  • Who decides the criteria and priority list?

Bruce Wright described the standards used in Oregon and agreed to send them to the committee members electronically.

Mr. Brugman agreed to distribute or provide at the next meeting the criteria used by the On-Road Bicycle Subcommittee in preparing their proposal for the OOTPA.

Committee members should submit all suggestions to Mr. Wolfenstein.

Out of Turn Plan Amendment

Mr. Marshall told the committee members that the amendment passed the Planning Commission on May 2 and 3, 2002. The BOS public hearing will be on June 17 at 4 PM. All committee members should plan to attend.

Major changes made by the Planning Commission include:

  • Deletion of the on road bike lane on Route 29 inside the Beltway.
  • NVRPA is to determine major regional trail locations.
  • Huntington Avenue was deleted.
  • A mapping error on the Bull Run Occoquan Regional Trail was corrected.

The committee members would like to thank Laurie Frost Wilson for her attention to detail and commitment to the amendment.

Mr. Leu noted that if committee members have items they would like to have considered for reinstatement, a list can be made for submission.

Chairman's Report

Ms. Bennett discussed a special exception amendment for Madeira School which enable them to place a $3100 escrow for a lengthy section of trail along the frontage of the school property. The section is a link in the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail. The committee members discussed the appropriate response to this situation. Concerns were expressed about the small amount of the escrow as well as the inappropriateness of this decision being made at site review without consideration of the need for public input. The committee encouraged Ms. Bennett to continue to present the case for the construction of the trail or for the establishment of an escrow that would actually cover the cost of construction.

National Trails Day

NVRPA distributed a list of events for National Trails Day and noted that the evolving list will be available on their web site.

New Business

Mr. Wright reported on Bike to Work Day in Reston. 130 to 170 people participated. Ms. Hudgins and Ms. Hanley attended and the event was very successful. Mr. Brodtman noted that 2000 people participated in D.C.

Ms. Pate distributed an update on FCPA trail projects.

Mr. Brodtman discussed the Tour de Lee - a bicycle tour of Lee District. He will have further information in upcoming meetings.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 PM.

Deborah Rimmer Leser, Secretary


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