Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling - FABB

Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling - FABB Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling is a volunteer organization working to make bicycling fun, safe, and accessible for people of all ages in Fairfax County.
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FABB is dedicated to implementing Fairfax County's Bicycle Master Plan, creating an official Bicycle Advisory Committee, and ensuring bicycle infrastructure and amenities in the redevelopment of Merrifield, Tysons Corner, and the county at large. FABB promotes bicycle safety, practical bicycle routes for commuting and errands, bicycle parking at retail centers, and everything that makes cycling a more viable alternative to a car-centric lifestyle. FABB also believes riding is fun! Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling (FABB) began in 2005 when a group of cyclists came together to advance bicycling in Fairfax County. FABB meets regularly to address bicycle issues with county officials, hosts bicycle safety and advocacy events, and works to integrate bicycling into the region's comprehensive approach to transportation and quality of life. FABB is a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Mission: FABB is dedicated to implementing Fairfax County's Bicycle Master Plan, creating an official Bicycle Advisory Committee, and ensuring bicycle infrastructure and amenities in the redevelopment of Merrifield, Tysons Corner, and the county at large. FABB promotes bicycle safety, practical bicycle routes for commuting and errands, bicycle parking at retail centers, and everything that makes cycling a more viable alternative to a car-centric lifestyle. FABB also believes riding is fun!

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11/01/2020

Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling - FABB's cover photo

If you are planning on riding on the W&OD Trail through Falls Church, be aware that the detour around the W&OD Trail Bri...
10/23/2020

If you are planning on riding on the W&OD Trail through Falls Church, be aware that the detour around the W&OD Trail Bridge over Route 29 has moved. The new detour to the north of the bridge is shorter than the previous detour but requires caution because it is narrow in some sections. The bridge, meanwhile, is looking great and will done soon.
https://fabb-bikes.org/wod-trail-detour/

10/10/2020
Supervisor Dan Storck

A great turnout for a great ride last weekend, thanks to all the riders, the volunteers, and Supervisor Dan Storck and staff! #TdMV2020

Thanks to everyone who joined us and made this largest ride ever a huge success! Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling - FABB @Workhouse Arts Center #TdMV2020

Check out the new bike parking and repair station in Historic Downtown Manassas, easy to park and walk through the shops...
10/07/2020

Check out the new bike parking and repair station in Historic Downtown Manassas, easy to park and walk through the shops and historical sites. Nice!
Where in Fairfax would you like to see this?
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If you ride a bike to Historic Downtown you'll appreciate the bike-friendly station just added inside the Parking Garage. You can now securely lock your bike inside the ten bike lockers right at the entrance or make simple repairs with the tools in the bike repair stand. New signage also points out city bike routes. The bike lockers are free on a first-come first-served basis and complete phase two of city bike improvements funded by the Commuter Choice program. Last year in phase one, a bike shelter was installed outside the Historic Railway Station.

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Automated Vehicles could make our roads safer, but the SELF DRIVE Act lacks proper safety standards. FABB encourages rid...
09/29/2020

Automated Vehicles could make our roads safer, but the SELF DRIVE Act lacks proper safety standards. FABB encourages riders to Speak Up! and tell Congress to put safety first and oppose the SELF DRIVE Act. Find links to send message here: https://fabb-bikes.org/i-bike-i-vote-part-i/

FABB urges everyone to join with the Coalition for Smarter Growth to make Richmond Highway safer by telling VDOT and Fai...
09/29/2020

FABB urges everyone to join with the Coalition for Smarter Growth to make Richmond Highway safer by telling VDOT and Fairfax County officials that now is the time to lower speed limits and make design changes. VDOT is considering a speed limit change along with some redesigned safety improvements, but the public needs to show its support. Please act now and use the following link to email VDOT and your local elected officials to ask them to make Richmond Highway safer. https://secure.everyaction.com/VX_166t8NUWg0F8-869INg2

Did you catch Washington Post article acknowledging boom in biking and offering tips on trail etiquette. A good reminder...
09/26/2020

Did you catch Washington Post article acknowledging boom in biking and offering tips on trail etiquette. A good reminder for everyone, so please share. http://ow.ly/7Z7950BCbG9

Since FABB’s founding in 2005, volunteers have been critical to making bicycling better in Fairfax County. Volunteer opp...
09/16/2020

Since FABB’s founding in 2005, volunteers have been critical to making bicycling better in Fairfax County. Volunteer opportunities that appeal to a range of member interests and skills are always available. Learn more here: http://ow.ly/HvVa50BnwzD.

Show your support for better bicycling at virtual Location & Design Public Hearing for the 495 Express Lanes Northern Ex...
09/15/2020

Show your support for better bicycling at virtual Location & Design Public Hearing for the 495 Express Lanes Northern Extension project on Monday, October 5, 2020, at 7:00 pm. Details here:
http://ow.ly/nIjc50BlmvD

Plan now to join FABB for our next virtual meeting on Wednesday, September 16, at 7:00 pm. Our great line up of speakers...
09/12/2020

Plan now to join FABB for our next virtual meeting on Wednesday, September 16, at 7:00 pm. Our great line up of speakers to update and motivate participants includes VDOT’s Susan Shaw and Heidi Mitter on the two shared-use trails that are part of the I-66 and I-495 Northern Extension (NEXT) projects, the VDOT bike count program and the State Bicycle Policy Plan along with Nicole Wynands, the Fairfax County Bike Coordinator, on county bicycle activities and the ActiveFairfax Plan. For registration and Zoom sign-in details, please contact FABB at [email protected].

Environmental planning for Long Bridge Project done, setting stage for eventual construction of accompanying bicycle- an...
09/12/2020

Environmental planning for Long Bridge Project done, setting stage for eventual construction of accompanying bicycle- and pedestrian-only bridge. Important link in Fairfax County, Arlington, Alexandria, and DC trail network. http://ow.ly/SVrB50Blm6a

Speak Up for wider shared use trails at upcoming Fairfax County Planning Commission virtual public meeting to discuss ch...
09/08/2020

Speak Up for wider shared use trails at upcoming Fairfax County Planning Commission virtual public meeting to discuss changes to Public Facilities Manual (PFM) requirements on 17 September 2020 at 7:30 pm. Details here: http://ow.ly/X6FZ50BlknJ

Bike Your Park Day 2020 and Bike Travel Weekend 2020 will be held on the same weekend this month. FABB encourages local ...
09/04/2020

Bike Your Park Day 2020 and Bike Travel Weekend 2020 will be held on the same weekend this month. FABB encourages local riders to take the time to participate and discover nearby parks and public lands by bike. Find out more here: http://ow.ly/4jWF50BcYxg

Fairfax County just installed new temporary partial road closure near the Government Center to bridge a gap between exis...
09/02/2020

Fairfax County just installed new temporary partial road closure near the Government Center to bridge a gap between existing sidewalks and support active transportation during the pandemic. Details here: http://ow.ly/s7rn50BfmQJ.

Bike to Work Day is Tuesday, September 22. FABB Bike Advisors are still available to advise new commuters on bike routes...
09/01/2020

Bike to Work Day is Tuesday, September 22. FABB Bike Advisors are still available to advise new commuters on bike routes or wherever they need to go. To request help or ask other bike commuting questions, email us at [email protected].

Registration is open for the 5th Annual Tour de Mount Vernon on October 3, 2020. This great ride through southern Mount ...
08/31/2020

Registration is open for the 5th Annual Tour de Mount Vernon on October 3, 2020. This great ride through southern Mount Vernon District will be limited to 250 riders to abide by Covid-19 social gathering rules. Sign up now! More details here: http://ow.ly/Glp750BcVDk.

August 31st is the last day to participate in the Fairfax County Transportation survey about the future of the Fairfax C...
08/30/2020

August 31st is the last day to participate in the Fairfax County Transportation survey about the future of the Fairfax County Parkway. Please comment in favor of better bicycling, walking, and transit connections!
https://form.jotform.com/201975838373164

This survey is long but you can choose which items to respond and respond to as little or as much as you want.
If you want to take a look at the materials presented at the meetings, its here:
https://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/transportation/study/fairfax-county-parkway

We said rain or shine, but forecast changed to possible thunder and lightning. So today's Fairfax County Policy bike/ped...
08/29/2020

We said rain or shine, but forecast changed to possible thunder and lightning. So today's Fairfax County Policy bike/ped safety event has been postponed. We'll get out new date and time as soon as it is available.

Its the law and for everyone's safety... 3 feet to pass!
08/27/2020

Its the law and for everyone's safety... 3 feet to pass!

Did you know that when passing a bicyclist traveling in the same direction, you must leave at least 3 feet between your car and the bicyclist? This may require you to cross the double yellow line, so be sure to have a good view of oncoming traffic before passing. Slow down, speed kills!
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#FCPD #BicycleSafety #ShareTheRoad #SafetyFirst #TrafficSafety #Police #FirstResponders #LawEnforcement

Join us this Saturday from 9:00 to 11:00 am  for a Fairfax County Police Department socially-distanced bike/ped safety e...
08/25/2020

Join us this Saturday from 9:00 to 11:00 am for a Fairfax County Police Department socially-distanced bike/ped safety event. We'll be set up next to the bike lockers at the Newton Square access road near the W&OD Trail mile 17 marker just west of the Wiehle Avenue/Sunset Hills Road intersection. This will be great opportunity for riders to raise bike safety issues and share other concerns with our local law enforcement officers and county officials. Among many giveaways, we'll have some of our new FABB gaiters available for some of the lucky first arrivals.

We can think of one thing that will help reduce emissions...
08/24/2020

We can think of one thing that will help reduce emissions...

When you think about climate change, do you think about Fairfax County? It may seem like a distant problem, but we’re already feeling the impacts. The good news is, Fairfax County is developing its first-ever Community-wide Energy and Climate Action Plan (CECAP) and your input is needed!

Join one of three virtual public meetings and take a brief online survey to share your thoughts on potential climate change solutions. https://bit.ly/3fW2cn8

Custis Trail closed at Bon Air Park in Arlington between August 24 and September 6 to allow construction of new trail ro...
08/20/2020

Custis Trail closed at Bon Air Park in Arlington between August 24 and September 6 to allow construction of new trail roundabout. Posted detour will be in place. Details here: http://ow.ly/dRE150B1Z2i

Hey, Fairfax City area riders, please join in the virtual community meeting on plans for the George Snyder Trail on Thur...
08/19/2020

Hey, Fairfax City area riders, please join in the virtual community meeting on plans for the George Snyder Trail on Thursday, August 20, at 7:00 pm. Your input is needed to improve the design to protect the Accotink Creek while connecting bicyclists and walkers to the larger trail network. Join here: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/262666741.

Great job, Trails Coalition! Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments endorsed the National Capital Trail Network,...
08/19/2020

Great job, Trails Coalition! Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments endorsed the National Capital Trail Network, which includes I-66 Parallel Trail, Arlington Boulevard Trail, and South County East-West Trail in Fairfax as priority trails. Learn more: https://bit.ly/2DS6YoP

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Follow-up on my FFX county circuit court visit by bike today: The only items that the security screening held for me were a bungee cord and eating utensil fork. I was able to bring in headlight, taillight, helmet /clothes, paper reading materials, and food. I left all my tools, spare tube, pump, etc. at home. I was able to retrieve the bungy & fork quite easily from the security screeners as I left. I also saw this unlocked bike next to mine leaning on the rack, with a padlock for its unusual saddle, and other belongings scattered alongside it. Be sure to enjoy the views from all 4 sides of the building on the upper floors if you're there on a clear day.
There are pavement counter strips on both sides of Hilltop Road just west of its intersection with Old Lee Highway FFX near Dunn Loring metro station - pls be sure to ride as far right in the bike lane to be counted. I tried to clear some debris near these 2 counters last night. There may be other counters nearby since bike lanes were striped along Prosperity & Dorr Avenues & Hilltop Rd. Beware of debris and construction on Prosperity.
Hi all, is there somewhere to check the timelines/updates on this specific section of "Transform 66?" Most of the updates are on the roadway items, however, these pieces are off-highway linking trails/paths:
Hello, sharing a blog post from Strava who are offering free information for planning and advocacy organizations.
Great meeting last night as FABB heard from Virginia Department of Transportation about the I66 trail, 495 widen plans and Rt 29 W&OD bridge as well as FCDOT about the progress of the Bike/Pedestrian Master Trails plan.
In Vienna, there is this new Bike Shop founded by passionate cyclists. They transform regular bikes in electric ones and they also do some servicing. A great new business. They fixed my bike in a few hours, picked it up then dropped it back, whereas at the other shops I should have waited 6 weeks. I would like to support them as they just started business:
https://www.facebook.com/Moore-Prestwick-Bike-Trail-109505524098175/ Please consider liking this new FB Page to help support construction of a trail that will link Centerville and GMU.
Happened to see that the Fairfax County Park Authority is encouraging everyone to use county park trails on New Years Day and to submit a photograph of your experience to win prizes. While the graphic shows someone using a walking stick, bicycles also help people of all ages hike.
Is there any motion to paint bike lanes on Jeff Todd Way? The right lane on the westbound side is definitely wide enough to paint a bike lane, and not lessen the regular traffic lane. Would love to hear more info about this.
Thank you to those of you who have donated to support Safe Routes to School via a pledge through the Foundation for Fairfax County Public Schools. The FCPS Safe Routes to School program encourages students to bike or walk to school. All funds raised will be used to provide helmets, other safety equipment, and training. In honor of my upcoming #1000 round trips to work – currently at #999 - I am hosting a fun get together at Ornery restaurant in Fairfax City on Friday, December 6 starting at 4:30 p.m. Ornery is located at the Old Town Plaza - 3950 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030. You can park at the downtown garage. Level 4 is the best for access. Please read the parking signs as there are restrictions till 6 p.m. Please message me if you would like to ride #1000 with me. The current plan is to leave my house in Fairfax City at 7:45 a.m. on Friday morning. The ride is about 6.4 miles and there will probably be stops at an elementary school, Thaiss Park, and Eakin Park on Prosperity on the way. We should arrive at my building at Willow Oaks by around 9 a.m. https://fcpsfoundation.z2systems.com/np/clients/fcpsfoundation/donation.jsp?campaign=64&
WOW! How fun! Thank you FCPS for the share! Click on the link below to read more about my fundraising for the FCPS Safe Routes to School Program. Come on and bike with me! Please share!