July 12, 2006 Minutes - Trails and Sidewalks Committee

Fairfax County Trails and Sidewalks Committee

Members Present- Brent Reynolds (Braddock), Wade Smith (Dranesville), Bruce Wright (Hunter Mill), Robert Michie (Lee), Peter Christensen (Mount Vernon), Roger Diedrich (Providence), Roy S. Brooks (Mason), Michael Shannon (Springfield), Mary Flowers (Clifton Horse Society), Dennis Frew (Wash. Area Bicycle Assn.), Dan Iglhaut (NVRPA), Greg J. Galligan (at-Large), Paul Johnson (NVBIA), Jenny Pate (FCPA), Ann P. Pimley (Fairfax Area Disability Service Board), Mimi Murray (DOT), Sheng Leu (DPZ)

Staff Present- Sheng-Jieh Leu (DPZ), Mimi Murray (DOT)

Guests- Suzanne Clark ( Clifton Horse Society)

I.Call to Order – Bruce Wright called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

II. Approval of Meeting Minutes for June 14, 2006 - Minutes approved unanimously.

III. Staff Reports

Sheng Leu, DPZ, will receive 500 sets of the reprinted Existing Trails maps, in North/South sheets. A current list of Trails and Sidewalks committee membership as to July 2006 was distributed. A chart of Trail Waiver Requests for 2006 was made available. The memorandum about the St. Albans waiver dated July 7, 2006 was given out.

Mimi Murray, DOT, The MWOCOG Bike and Pedestrian Plan has been in the works for two years, 176 pages and comments will be accepted through July. For the report she used a list of projects that are funded. Bruce noted that there are very few planned projects and no on-road bike route projects listed.

IV.Chair Report

Bruce Wright asked for a prioritized list of Trails for the 2007 Transportation Bond. He suggested that each member get a list for each District.

V. New Business

There was a brief discussion of bicycle access and parking at the Vienna Metro station. All the old bike racks at Metro stations will be replaced with U racks.

Bruce noted that Charlie Strunk is taking the Bike-Coordinator position.

There was a discussion of Transportation Enhancement grants. None of the districts have submitted requests although Robert Michie asked about T-grants for sidewalks at Van Doren. Forms for grants are on the VDOT website. Dennis Frew suggested zip bikes be made available. Roger Deidrich said County workers could bike to the Government Center Meetings.

Bruce said the Transportation Plan was approved by the Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Hudgins added language that calls for improved level of bicycle service with road reconstruction projects.

There was discussion of the proposal to change the sidewalk requirements for new developments.

Jenny Pate also mentioned that the Household Transportation Survey was recently completed by the Health and Human Services Department. Jenny will lead a discussion on how the results will be reported at the September meeting.

Dan Iglhaut noted that a temporary bridge on the W & OD was recently built to allow a detour around the bridge over the Piney Branch that was undercut by high water.

Bruce stated that Doug O’Neill, Doug.O'neill@fcps.edu, is the School System representative and is responsible for the Safe Routes to School program within Fairfax County Public Schools.

VI. Old Business

Brent posed the questions regarding runoff characteristics of various trail/sidewalk surfaces. Paul Johnson stated that runoff coefficients for surfaces was .3 for grass, .6-.7 for stonedust, and .9 for asphalt.

Roy Brooks reported that he attended the Transit Oriented Development meeting July.

VII. Adjournment 8:55 p.m.

Next meeting is September 13, 2006 recorder-Greg Galligan

Meeting minutes by Roy Brooks


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