Minutes of the Fairfax County Trails and Sidewalks Committee


April 14, 2010

Call to Order - Wade Smith called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm on April 14, 2010.

Members Present - Wade Smith, Chairman (Dransville), Peter Christensen (Mt Vernon), Liz Cronauer (Trail Program Manager, Fairfax County Park Authority), Roger Diedrich (Providence), Dennis Frew (Washington Area Bicyclists Association), Paul Johnson (Northern Virginia Builder's Industry Association), Thomas Kennedy (Braddock), R. Douglas Pew (Hunter Mill), Kala Quintana (At-Large), Jan Reitman (Mason), Mark Tipton (Fairfax County Federation of Citizens Associations), and Jean Voss (Clifton Horse Society).

Staff Present - Charlie Strunk (Bicycle Program Manager, FCDOT) and Chris Wells (Pedestrian Program Manager, FCDOT).

Guests and Visitors - Bruce Wright, Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling.

Administrative:

  • Peter Christensen was designated acting secretary.
  • The minutes of the prior meeting were discussed, corrected and approved.
  • The agenda was approved.

Presentations to the Board:

  • Wade Smith reported on his testimony to the Board of Supervisors emphasizing the need of keeping at least minimum maintenance funding (not zeroing out) for trails and retaining some operating funding for the Bicycle Program.

Staff Reports:

  • Chris Wells reviewed 1) Street Smart Program enforcement, 2) district pedestrian project list of publicly funded projects (copy distributed to members), 3) request that members pass on suggestions and requests for pedestrian improvements, even though there is no current funding and 4) that he would review the Safe Routes to Schools program next month.
  • Charlie Strunk reviewed 1) Fairfax parking guidelines, 2) Tysons Bike Master Plan RFP issued on April 14th, effectively a sole source solicitation, 3) planning for Bike to Work Day scheduled for May 21st, with 6 pit stops currently planned.
  • Charlie Strunk also provided a presentation of the history of the Bicycle Program 1) launched in September 06, 2) noting that its priorities are set by the Board of Supervisors, 3) its activities and accomplishments were reviewed, with most of the focus on transit facilities and Tysons redevelopment, and 4) the need for a long range plan.

Old and New Business:

  • Bruce Wright, Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling (FABB) reviewed his organization’s mission. They are supporting the funding of a County-wide bicycle plan and are looking for an official citizens bike advocate to the County. The Committee discussion centered on how this might differ (e.g. greater emphasis on road biking) from this Committee and how it could be seen as a complement or subset to it. The discussion will be continued at the next meeting and a Committee position will be adopted.
  • Charlie Strunk was asked to append a list of bicycle projects to Chris Wells’ district pedestrian project list of publicly funded projects.
  • Tom Kennedy provided an update on his efforts to allow volunteers to assist with trail maintenance. VDot does not require a permit for such work on the sidewalks and trails they are responsible for. Fairfax County is reviewing/rethinking its position of not using volunteers. The County is looking for a way to allow it without formal approval, thus limiting its liability.

Motion to Adjourn - The meeting was adjourned at 9:02 pm.


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