Advancing active mobility in greater Prince William, Virginia

Author: Rob Delach (Page 1 of 3)

Learn How to Help Make Prince William and Manassas More Bicycle Friendly

Are you interested in learning how to help make Prince William County and Manassas more bike-friendly? Would you like be a more effective advocate? Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling (FABB) have opened up their FREE Bicycle Advocacy Workshop to be held on Saturday, Feb 4, 2017 to interested residents from Prince William County.

FABB Bicycling Advocacy Training

FABB Bicycling Advocacy Training

Bicycle Advocacy Workshop
Saturday, February 4, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church
8304 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield

On February 4th, the Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling is a offering an advocacy workshop to provide you the basic tools and strategies needed to help make bicycling better in your community. Learn how to build a successful advocacy plan, identify key local decisionmakers, and familiarize yourself with helpful online advocacy tools. There is no charge for the workshop, but participants are asked to pre-register by January 29, 2017.

Workshop presenters are local citizens with a proven record of leading advocacy campaigns including FABB members Sonya Breehey, Bruce Wright, and Alan Young, and Fionnuala Quinn of The Bureau of Good Roads. Hunter Mill District Supervisor Catherine Hudgins will also be joining us.

Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling

Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling

VRE Gainesville-Haymarket Extension Public Meeting – 7 Dec 2016

Virginia Railway Express (VRE) is hosting its third public meeting on the Gainesville-Haymarket proposed extension to the commuter rail system in Prince William County. The meeting will provide an opportunity to comment on the final draft of alternatives that will be considered by the VRE Board for extending VRE commuter rail further into Western Prince William County.

VRE Gainesville-Haymarket Extension Map

VRE Gainesville-Haymarket Extension Map

Meeting Information

Date/Time: Wednesday 7 December 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location: Piney Branch Elementary School, 8301 Linton Hall Rd, Door 1, Bristow, VA 20136 <link to GoogleMap>

VRE is evaluating alternatives to expand VRE service further into Western Prince William County and into the Interstate Route 66 (I66) corridor. The proposal includes adding up to 3 new stations and closing/relocating the current Broad Run station. The proposed extension would also include an increase in frequency of trains from the current 30 minutes during peak commute times to 20 minutes.

More info on the VRE Gainesville-Haymarket Extension website

VRE Extension Meeting Flyer

VRE Extension Meeting Flyer

Route 234 Trail to be Extended

The Route 234, Dumfries Rd, bicycle and running trail is set to be extended from its current Eastern end point at Golf Club Dr, the main entrance to Montclair. The project will extend the trail for more than an additional mile, past the Brittany Residential Community down to Talon Dr just past the 7-Eleven. The trail extension will link Montclair, Brittany, and Four Seasons communities to Fortuna Plaza enabling thousands of people to bike and walk to shopping and restaurants that are currently accessible only by car.

Route 234 Trail Extension Map

Route 234 Trail Extension Map

The project will expand options for outdoor activities in the area, connect more people to the unofficial North entrance to Prince William Forest Park (near Waterway Dr), and improve access to a number of PRTC bus stops along Route 234, making it safer to walk or bike to transit in this area of the county.

Construction of the Route 234 trail extension should begin next year and is planned to be completed by Spring of 2018.

Route 234 Trail Runners

Route 234 Trail Runners

Future Plans.

Prince William County DOT has plans for a future extension that will complete the trail all the way to Route 1, Jefferson Davis Highway. The completion of the trail to Route 1 is not yet funded, but PWC DOT has worked with the regional Transportation Planning Board (TPB) to get the project on the unfunded pedestrian and bicycle priority projects list to receive funding as soon as it is available.

The Google Map below shows the new trail section being constructed (in purple), and existing sections of the trail (in green). Lines in red in the map are future potential projects.

Mountain Biking in Prince William County Happy Hour – Bad Wolf Brewing, Wed 14 Sept 2016 7:00 PM

Do you want to ride off-road in Prince William County?

Conway Robinson State Forest

Conway Robinson State Forest

Here’s an opportunity to learn more about where to ride, what is happening with mountain biking in Prince William County, and enjoy some beer from a local brewery.

Mountain Biking in Prince William County Happy Hour

Questions and Answers with:
  • Ryan Delaney (of PWC Parks Dept)
  • Howard Olsen, a MORE member and local rider
Bad Wolf Brewing, 8420 Kao Circle, Manassas, VA 20110
Wednesday, September 14 7:00 PM.

For additional information about MORE (Mid-Atlantic Off-Road Enthusiasts): MORE Website

Click Map to view
Bad Wolf Brewing Map

Google Map of Bad Wolf Brewing

Bad Wolf Brewing

Bad Wolf Brewing

Moutain Biking in Prince William County Happy Hour

Bikes and Beer: Ride 1 to 59 Miles to the 1st Annual Workhouse Brewfest Saturday

Workhouse Arts Center Brewfest Logo

Workhouse Arts Center Brewfest Logo

The Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton is hosting a Brewfest this weekend, Saturday 13 August 2016.  Free bicycle parking will be available (it costs $15 to park a car at the Workhouse).

Also, bicyclists get a $5 per ticket discount. To get the discount purchase your tickets on-line using the promo code “BIKE”. Get your tickets here.

You can park your car for  free at locations 1 mile to 9.5 miles (see below) from the Workhouse, and head straight there, or join us on one of five organized pre-event rides that start from the Vulcan Parking Lot, the nearest free parking site.

Potomac Pedalers Bicycle Club in association with Active Prince William are organizing these bike rides the morning of the event. Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling (FABB) and Active Prince William have also mapped out ride cues to get to the event from locations in Fairfax and Prince William Counties.

Tour of Prince William 2016 - Blackburn Road

Organized Brewfest Rides

Bike rides are as follows (more details at the Potomac Pedalers website):

Workhouse to Burke Lake for Ice Cream
18 miles – 09:45 AM – average speed 10 mph
GPS Route:
Rest Stop: Mile 9 – Burke Lake Ice Cream Parlor

Prince William Tour of Towns (ActivePW)
26 miles – 09:30 AM – ave speed 10-12 mph
Rob Delach [] Cell: 703-727-0321
GPS Route:

Brewfest 36.5
36.5 miles – 9:15 AM – ave speed 12-14 mph
GPS Route:

Workhouse to Mason Neck – Long
48 miles – 9:00 AM – ave speed 14-16 mph
GPS Route:

Workhouse to Prince William Forest Park
58 miles – 9:00 AM – ave speed 18-22 mph

Ride Start location is the Vulcan parking lot, across Route 123 from the Workhouse
Address: Vulcan Parking Lot, 10000 Ox Road, Lorton, Virginia 22079
Click here for Google Map of Ride Start location.

Bike Routes to the Brewfest

Bike route start locations in Prince William County are:

Route 123 Commuter Lot, Woodbridge, 2.5 miles
Tacket’s Mill Commuter Lot, Lake Ridge, 4.0 miles
Stonebridge at Potomac Town Center, 9.5 miles

Bike route cue sheets can be found here.

Background Info

This will be the first annual Brewfest, and is organized by Celebrate Fairfax, Visit Fairfax, and the Fairfax County Government. There will be almost 100 craft beers from 30 local breweries, 16 bands performing, food trucks, access to the various Workhouse Art galleries, and more. More details can be found on the Brewfest website.

Brewfest Poster

Brewfest Poster

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