FABB News January – February 2018 von Steve Ward

Thank You for a Successful End to 2017  Happy New Year! A huge thanks to all of our supporters who helped FABB finish strong in 2017. Because of supporters like you, FABB had a successful end of year fundraising campaign and is GEARED UP to make bicycling in Fairfax even better in 2018. Together with your support we will continue fighting for the best and safest I-66 trail possible, advocating…

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Long Bridge Bicycle and Pedestrian Connection Needs Your Support von Steve Ward

FABB is encouraging everyone to visit this WABA website to speak up in support of improving plans for a new biking and walking trail. DC’s Department of Transportation is making plans to upgrade the rail bridge between DC’s SW Waterfront and Crystal City and is considering adding a biking and walking trail alongside it. Unfortunately, the current trail designs only go from the Mount Vernon Trail to Hains Point. A better plan…

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January Meeting to Feature Police and Safe Routes to School von Steve Ward

Please mark your calendars and plan to join FABB at 7:30 pm on January 17 for our monthly meeting at the Patrick Henry Library in Vienna. During the meeting we will hear from a representative of the Fairfax County Police Department’s Traffic Safety Division on efforts to keep us safe on county roadways. Come learn about the process to report aggressive drivers and how bicyclists can work with FCPD to…

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Reminder: VDOT Meeting on Thursday von Steve Ward

FABB encourages members and others from Vienna, Fairfax City, and nearby areas around I-66 in Fairfax County to attend this Thursday’s VDOT public hearing. The hearing will focus on various projects that will affect cyclists and pedestrians. In particular, there will be information available on additions to the George Snyder Trail in Fairfax City, the planned multi-use trail along Nutley Street in Vienna, and pedestrian improvements along Monument Drive and…

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Embark Richmond Highway Open House on January 10 von Steve Ward

FABB encourages cyclists and pedestrians in southern and eastern Fairfax to attend the final community open house on the effort to update the land use plan–including bicycling and pedestrian facilities–for the Embark Richmond Highway project. The open house will take place on Wednesday, January 10, 2018, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Whitman Middle School, 2500 Parkers Lane, in Alexandria. At the meeting you can learn about the proposed comprehensive…

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More on Bike Battles Talk von Steve Ward

The FABB-sponsored public talk hosted by the Tyson’s Microsoft Store on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, will focus on a major early 20th century policy and funding battle that might have changed the face of American transportation—if not American history—if it had succeeded. You may know about the “Good Roads” movement in which bikers allied with farmers to create paved shared routes through the countryside. But are you aware that early…

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Bicycle Commuter Benefit — Use It Now! von Steve Ward

From our friends at The League of American Bicyclists: The recently signed-into-law Tax Cut and Jobs Act suspends the Bicycle Commuter Benefit from 12/31/2017 until 1/1/2026. If your employer currently offers the Bicycle Commuter Benefit, the safest thing to do is to submit all documentation and pay out all reimbursements by December 31 2017. In addition to suspending the benefit, the Tax Cut and Jobs Act eliminates the ability of…

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Upcoming Transform 66 Outside the Beltway Public Hearing von Steve Ward

VDOT will be holding a public hearing on various Concession Payment Projects of concern to local cyclists and pedestrians on Thursday, January 4, 2018. There will be an open house at 6 p.m. with the hearing begining at 6:30 p.m. at the VDOT Northern Virginia District Office, 4975 Alliance Drive, in Fairfax. The purpose of the meeting is for the Commonwealth Transportation Board to gather comments on projects that will…

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Join Us for Bike Battles Talk von Steve Ward

Please join us on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, for a public talk on the hidden history of bicycle law and policy conflicts in the United States and their lessons for our current bicycle debates. Our speaker, Dr. James Longhurst, is the author of Bike Battles: A History of Sharing the American Road, which examines the different ways that Americans have thought about the bicycle through popular songs, merit badge pamphlets,…

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Sharing the Road: Lessons From History von Steve Ward

FABB and the Microsoft Store at Tysons Corner Center are proud to present a public talk by Dr. James Longhurst on Tuesday, January 9, 2018 from 7:00 to 8:00 pm at the Microsoft Store. Dr. Longhurst, a historian, avid cyclist, and author of Bike Battles: A History of Sharing the American Road, will be discussing the early 20th century battles over taxes, roads, and bicycle trails and the lessons these experiences offer us…

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