Summit Looks at Fairfax’s Future for Cyclists

Wiehle-Reston East bike room courtesy of Comstock/David Madison Photography)Interested in the future of Fairfax County as a bike-friendly place? Then plan on attending Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling’s 2013 Bike Summit at George Mason University on Saturday.

The forum, which will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will bring together cyclists, citizens, community leaders, bicycle organizations, bike shops, and transportation professionals to discuss making the county a better place for bicyclists, according to FAAB’s website.

While the focus is mostly on Tysons Corner, what happens in Tysons will have an impact on Reston, as Reston is also preparing to become a transit-oriented development. Upcoming bicycle-friendly plans for Reston include a spacious bike storage room at Metro’s Wiehle-Reston East Station and planned improved bicycle and pedestrian access at Reston Heights Phase II and Lake Anne’s redevelopment.

Says FAAB:

The Summit Conversation:

  • Importance of bicycling to the future of Tysons
  • Bicycle and transit integration
  • Access and encouragement for all
  • Bikes and business
  • Safety, law enforcement, and evaluation
  • Where to next for Fairfax biking?

The success of the Tysons transformation could influence transit-oriented developments across Fairfax County for the next 40 years. From Merrifield to Springfield, Huntington to Reston, bicycle-oriented transportation options must be integral parts of future developments.

Speakers include Jeff Olson of Alta Planning + Design, author of The Third Mode: Towards a Green Society; Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists and author of Smart Cycling: Promoting Safety, Fun, Fitness, and the Environment;  Bill Nesper, director of the Bicycle Friendly America program at the League of American Bicyclists; Robert Thomson, Washington Post’s Dr Gridlock, and representatives from WABA, WMATA, Fairfax County DOT, VDOT.

Registration is $25 and includes lunch. To register and get more details — such as bike directions to GMU — visit Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling.

(Photo of Wiehle-Reston East bike room courtesy of Comstock/David Madison Photography)

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