Transportation

Fairfax County, Virginia

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Tom Biesiadny,
Director

Countywide Bicycle Master Plan

Meeting the safety, access, and mobility needs of bicyclists today, while encouraging more people to bicycle in the future…
making Fairfax County bicycle friendly and bicycle safe.

Bicyclist riding in bike laneWith this vision of the Fairfax County Bicycle Master Plan, Fairfax County has the framework to improve the bicycle transportation network - from on- and off-road facilities to bicycle-friendly design for roadway and transit projects. In the last 20 years, Fairfax County has seen a significant increase in bicycling on county trails, sidewalks and roads, as residents are bicycling more for both recreation and transportation. The Bike Fairfax program, part of the Fairfax County Department of Transportation, is working to improve and expand cycling facilities, accelerate the implementation of projects, provide policy guidance to the public and private sectors to promote bicycling, and enhance the overall environment for cycling.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors adopted the County's first Bicycle Master Plan on October 28, 2014.

 

Bicycle Master Plan Goals

  1. Develop a safe and connected network of on-road and off-road bicycle route options (e.g. shared-use paths and trails) and other supporting infrastructure, serving all communities and destinations. This network will consist of shared-use paths, sidewalks, park trails, neighborhood streets, and collector, arterial, and primary roadways. Signed routes, bicycle parking facilities, and integration with public transit will help make the network more accessible for its users.
  2. Plan, develop, design, construct and maintain new facilities and accommodations, and upgrade existing facilities to safely and comfortably serve cyclists of all ages and ability.
  3. Increase bicycle use for transportation, especially for non-commute trips, which account for approximately 75 percent of all trips taken in Fairfax County.
  4. Establish and track annual progress towards goals for bicycle travel demand and the provision of bicycling infrastructure as identified in the Plan.
  5. Increase both real and perceived cycling safety for roads and trails in Fairfax County.


The planning process for the Fairfax County Bicycle Master Plan included public involvement, engagement with the offices of County Supervisors, coordination with agency staff and other stakeholders, review of existing plans and field investigation and compilation of geographic data.

Bicycle Network Map

The Fairfax County Recommended Bikeway Network Map covers the entire county and is referred to throughout the Master Plan as the Bicycle Network Map. The Bikeway Network includes both existing bikeways (more than 350 miles) and proposed bicycling improvements (more than 1,100 miles). Recommended facilities include bicycle lanes and other on-road bicycle facilities and treatments, shared use paths, cycle tracks, bicycle/pedestrian bridges and underpasses, intersection improvements, trail access improvements and other accommodations that will make cycling a more realistic option throughout the County. Such improvements would serve the needs of current cyclists and encourage potential future cyclists. Recommendations are tailored to roadway segments (as indicated on the Bicycle network Map) based on existing conditions and user needs. They also are based on national standards and guidelines, VDOT standards and policies, proven best practices and the experiences of other jurisdictions in the Washington DC region and around the country.

The Bikeway Network Map provides a long-term vision for a connected network of bikeways and will guide the selection of bicycle facilities to be built as a part of ongoing and future road improvement projects and private developments.

The Bikeway Network Map compliments the Countywide Trails Plan, as well as the more detailed Comprehensive Plan - Plan Areas.

Study Areas

Phase I: The study area for this phase includes the greater Tysons Corner area, an approximate three mile radius surrounding Tysons Corner including portions of McLean, the Town of Vienna, Wolf Trap, the City of Falls Church, the neighborhoods of Dunn Loring, Pimmit Hills, and the W&OD Trail. This phase was completed in May of 2011. This Phase I Tysons Bicycle Master plan was not officially adopted by the Board of Supervisors, but many recommendations were included in the Countywide Bicycle Master Plan that was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on October 28, 2014.

Phase II: This phase includes the rest of Fairfax County and incorporates recommendations from Phase I. This phase broadly addresses bicycle safety and connectivity throughout the County. It builds from the policy analysis conducted in Phase I, Phase II will recommend countywide policies and programs needed to support bicycling for all age groups and skill levels.

Links for More Information

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