September 10, 2003 Minutes - Trails and Sidewalks Committee

Non-motorized Transportation Committee Meeting

September 10, 2003

Call To Order: Chairman Bennett called the meeting to order at 7:33 PM.

Members Attending: Larry Butler, Sully District, Michael Brennan, Braddock District, Wade Smith, Dranesville District, Robert Michie, Lee District, Donald Emerson, Providence District Christopher O'Brien, Mason District, Michael Shannon, Springfield District, Mary Flowers, Clifton Horse Society, Walter Brodtman, WABA, Dan Iglhaut, NVRPA, Ann Bennett, At-Large, Rebecca Cate, FCFCA, Paul Johnson, NVBIA, Jenny Pate, FCPA

Staff Attending: Chris Wells, DOT, Sheng-Jieh Leu, DPZ

Larry Butler agreed to be acting Secretary.

August Meeting Minutes

Dan Iglhaut moved to approve with the addition of Donald Emerson to the list of attendees. Donald Emerson seconded and the motion passed unanimously.

Staff Reports

Sheng-Jieh Leu reviewed the escrow account status by district and he noted he would provide the committee a list by district. He noted these are only accounts associated with the priority trails.

Chris Wells handed out and discussed a list of priority trail projects to which he added VDOT projects on primary roadways. He spoke specifically about several of the projects where considerable discussion has taken place regarding the inclusion of trails in roadway or county projects, including Route 7 and Route 28 and Route 1.

Ann Bennett requested Chris better define his notes for review and presentation to the Board of Supervisors, and to transmit the numbers on the Route 1 project.

The subject of repaving projects and associated minor improvements/widening was discussed. Chris will request a list of repaving projects where extending pavement edges can benefit bikers and pedestrians.

Sheng-Jieh Leu handed out a July project status report for DPWES, and noted the usual reporting lag of about two months.

Chris Wells then reported the status of several other pedestrian initiatives, including legislative action regarding stopping for pedestrians versus yielding. He noted that this initiative is not moving at this time.

He then reported on carryover requests for additional funding for bus stop safety and passenger counting equipment totaling $400K, and $250K for pedestrian outreach/education activities.

Chair's Report

Ann Bennett recommended that each member speak with their Board member to request carryover funds for trails.

She also requested members to forward to her fall agenda requests.

At this point Paul Johnson left the meeting.

Old Business

Pedestrian access to Dulles Rail Stations - Wade Smith discussed the Dulles Rail project and process and who is responsible for what aspects. Regarding the group reviewing pedestrian accommodations with the project, they are focusing on three major areas as follows.

  • Starting the review by identifying barriers
  • Design concerns in stations - whether access to or on site
  • Work on getting developers to proffer listed items or simply pay for some identified improvements.

He mentioned the Capital One development and their location decision to have access to future rail and their accommodating access to it with their site design.

Segway Policy - Ann Bennett mentioned Segway/electric scooters and a need for a policy - or should there be a policy on the use of these items on trails and sidewalks. Chris Wells passed out a July 12, 2202 draft of Amendment to Chapter 82 regarding pedestrian rights with respect to motorized devices. The committee briefly discussed some experiences with motorized devices and some of the difficulties in enforcement. It was the sense of the committee that there was nothing to be done at this time.

Jenny Pate brought up the recent issue regarding TEA funding being cut from the Federal budget and noted that through the swift acts of many the funding was reestablished.

New Business

Guidelines on trail waivers were postponed for Bruce Wright to lead the discussion at a future NMTC meeting. The committee was urged to bring examples next month.

Bob Michie suggested two items for future agendas, including:

  • Proffer process and guidelines - particularly on how to get ahead of the process - proactive versus reactive, and
  • Cataloging trails in private developments.

Adjournment: The meeting was adjourned at 8:47 PM.

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