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Fairfax looks at bike plan

Fairfax County hopes to redevelop Tysons Corner into a walkable, transit-oriented city. But what about a cycling-friendly city? The county's transportation department has scheduled a public meeting for Thursday to discuss recommendations on how bike-friendly design should become part of road and transit projects and private developments in Tysons.

The future for the former rural crossroads could include a network of bike-travel facilities -- paths, lanes, parking -- connected to the four Metrorail stations under construction. Biking in what is now a car-dominated complex of roads, lots and garages could become an option for residents and employees. (I have a feeling this wouldn't be much of a draw for shoppers.) Planners will look not only at the infrastructure needed for a bike network but also at the policies and supporting programs that would have to be in place to encourage biking at Tysons.

The transportation department hopes to have a draft plan developed over the winter so it can begin working on it with the county Board of Supervisors. This Tysons plan would be the first phase of what the department intends to build into a countywide plan. See more details of the bike plan at the transportation department Web site.

The Thursday meeting is from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Joyce Kilmer Middle School, 8100 Wolftrap Road, Vienna. See the location on a map:

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By Robert Thomson  | September 27, 2010; 3:15 PM ET
Categories:  Biking  | Tags:  Dr. Gridlock  
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Link to bike plan information doesn't work ... should be:

Posted by: johnc | October 1, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

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