July 10, 2002 Minutes - Trails and Sidewalks Committee


Members Attending: Deborah Leser (Sully District), Evelyn Tomaszewski (Braddock District) Bruce Wright (Hunter Mill District), Mary Flowers (Clifton Horse Society), Walter Brodtmann (WABA), Dan Iglhaut (NVRPA), Ann Bennett (At-Large), Jenny Pate (FCPA), and Rebecca Cate (FCFCA).

Staff Attending: David Marshall and Sheng-Jieh Leu (DPZ) and Leonard Wolfenstein (FCDOT).

Chairman Ann Bennett called the meeting to order at 7:36 PM.

Meeting Minutes

The minutes were reviewed. Several changes were made:

  • Evelyn Tomaszewski's name was added to the list of members attending.
  • On page 1 under the Review of Draft Criteria for Priority List of Trails the last sentence was changed to read "Mr. Wolfenstein suggested that it is better not to make the criteria quantitative".
  • On page 1 under the Timetable the last two sentences were changed to remove the sentence beginning "Mr. Wolfenstein said." and the last sentence was changed to state "Should the TAC be involved in the waiver requests?"
  • On page 2 in the first section the last sentence was amended to read "Members should be thinking about changes to the current system."
  • On page 2 under NMTC and TAC, the section was amended to read "Ms Bennett encouraged the NMTC members to contact their corresponding TAC representatives in order to improve communication and provide a more coordinated service to the citizens of the respective districts."
  • On page 2 under Demonstration Projects, the section was amended to read "Members are asked to review the Bikeway study and pass comments along to VDOT."

The vote was unanimous to amend the minutes as outlined above with two abstentions.

Criteria Development Funding for Non-motorized Transportation

Mr. Wolfenstein led the committee in a review of the criteria developed thus far for prioritizing funding of non-motorized transportation in Fairfax County. This issue is made even more critical due to the possibility of funds from the sales tax referendum, should it pass. Ms. Pate noted that there is no money for trails in the next FCPA referendum.

The TAC reviewed the draft criteria on June 18 at their request. Mr. Wolfenstein distributed a list of their comments to the committee members.

The committee members discussed the issue of weighting criteria extensively, recognizing the impact that various criteria would thereby have on the projects evaluated.

Mr. Wright developed a list of projects for consideration by the committee. They included:

  • Signage on the Fairfax County Parkway
  • a study of pedestrian safety
  • restriping of bike lanes where appropriate
  • distribution of the maps available
  • programs to encourage employers to provide incentives for their employees to commute via non-motorized transportation
  • Racks on buses
  • Bike to work programs
  • Walk to school programs
  • Awards for agencies that promote non-motorized transportation
  • Studying potential sites for trails on property currently owned by the county

Several specific trail segments were considered for the purpose of evaluating the draft criteria. Ms. Pate presented sections 5 and 6 (from Lawyers Road to Oak Marr) of the cross county trail for consideration under the criteria. The cost for the two sections was estimated at 1.6 million dollars.

Ms. Leser presented two trails from Sully District and three trails from Mount Vernon were considered at the request of Ms. Flowers. Little deviation was noted in the final numeric scores achieved by the committee using the existing criteria. The committee felt this was probably due to the fact that major trails were presented for evaluation. Several suggestions were made to alter the tool. It will be reviewed again in September.

Pedestrian Safety Task Force

Mr. Marshall discussed the progress of the Pedestrian Safety Task Force mandated by the BOS. The final report is going to the board on July 22. A copy will be made available to the committee members when it is ready.

The task force will be time limited. A representative from both the NMTC and the TAC will be included as well as from various county departments. Mr. Wright asked whether the task force includes bicycle safety as well as pedestrian safety and was told that it is now pedestrian safety only.

Ms. Bennett asked the committee for opinions concerning the job description of the trail coordinator position. The following items were proposed by committee members:

  • Review all plans or provide quidelines for non-motorized access for all plans approved in the county.
  • Seek outside funding for non-motorized transportation.
  • Work with VDOT on design issues.

Out of Turn Plan Amendment

The committee members took this opportunity to congratulate Mr. Leu, Mr. Marshall and Ms. Bennett for the excellent job they did shepherding the Out of Turn Plan Amendment through to approval. Some plan revision continued but only minor changes were made. Mount Vernon Highway was changed from major paved to minor paved to reflect the existing conditions. A published map will be available soon.

VDOT Bikeways

Mr. Leu distributed maps of the VDOT bike plan and asked members to review it for accuracy.

There will be no August meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 PM.

Deborah Rimmer Leser, Secretary

 


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