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Category: Bike Trails (page 2 of 3)

Free Trail Building Seminar, September 9 & 10, at Hellwig Memorial Park

Prince William County news release, dated August 28, 2017

http://www.pwcgov.org/news/pages/learn-to-build-trails.aspx

Prince William County Department of Parks and Recreation will host a two-day Trail Building Seminar on Sept. 9 and 10 at Hellwig Memorial Park, at 14420 Bristow Road, for enthusiasts who want to learn how to build and maintain trails.

No experience is necessary for the free seminar that runs between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. each day. Training will consist of one day in the classroom and one day of training in the field, said Prince William County Parks and Recreation Trails Manager Ryan Delaney.  “We will cover the basics of sustainable trail design, construction, and maintenance. The classroom and in-the-field trail components of the seminar are designed to give attendees hands-on experience with the latest techniques for trail design and construction.”

Delaney said experienced and inexperienced trail workers will be equally comfortable in the free classes. “The training is geared toward trail enthusiasts and the general public, and will be a great introduction for new trail workers and a comprehensive refresher for experienced volunteers.”

People who attend the classes on trail construction and maintenance will learn to manage a crew of volunteers, use hand tools to dig and create new trails from scratch and improve existing trails at the same time they become part of a community and get some exercise, Delaney said.  “Hopefully they’ll have a lot of fun outside and make new friends.”

The class is open to all ages, Delaney said. “We can use people ages 10 and up for the heavy work, but we have younger kids helping with pruning back brush, and trail and stream cleanups.”

Volunteers are essential to keeping the county’s trails cleared for the public. “Our volunteers contribute directly to the construction and maintenance of our trail system; They actively work to make Prince William County a better place to live, work, and play.”

With new trail projects coming  to the Occoquan Greenway and Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail, or PHNST, now is a good time to learn about trail creation and maintenance, Delaney said. “We’re hosting a volunteer event on Sept. 30 for National Public Lands Day on the PHNST near Powell’s Creek. The Wildlife Refuge segments will be built in early 2018, and the Neabsco Boardwalk construction crew should be onsite early next month to begin that section.”

People must attend the classroom sessions to participate in the field project. Registration is required. For more information, contact Delaney at RDelaney@pwcgov.org

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

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

How to Submit a Request to Clear Debris from Sidewalks and Trails

If you walk or bike with any frequency in Northern Virginia, I am sure that you have encountered sand, dirt, gravel, grit, broken glass, etc. covering sidewalks and bike trails along our roadways. VDOT has a website for residents to submit service requests that takes only a few minutes to complete. The process is outlined below.

Debris on sidewalk before request was submitted

Photo of debris blocking sidewalk along Old Bridge Rd across from the Old Bridge/Rt 123 Commuter Parking Lot

Sidewalk after clearing by VDOT

Sidewalk after clearing by VDOT within 24 hours of submitted request.

Most roadways and their associated sidewalks and shared-use paths in Northern Virginia are managed by the Virginia Dept of Transportation (VDOT). Exceptions to this rule are where roads are privately owned, such as in some Home Owners Associations, and in some cities, towns, and Counties (such as Arlington County). Most roads in Fairfax and Prince William Counties are owned and maintained by VDOT, not the County governments; therefore, requests to fix problems on the roadways and their associated sidewalks and shared-use paths need to be directed to VDOT on their My VDOT website.

Much of the sand, gravel, grit and debris on our roadsides, curbs, sidewalks, and shared-use paths is left over from the heavy salting, sanding, and plowing that occurred back in January. VDOT does not have a scheduled maintenance program for clearing debris, but they do respond to resident’s requests.

You can easily submit a request on-line for VDOT to clear debris from specific areas that you identify. We recommend that you take a photo of the issue that you want addressed, then visit the My VDOT website.

1. Select the Type of Request

My VDOT Service Request

My VDOT Service Request Initial Page

On the My VDOT website, select “I need something removed from a road”, then on the right, under “What do you need removed?”, select “Remove debris”, then below that, under “Where is it located?” select “On the shoulder or in the ditch”. Once you have done this, click the Continue button.

2. Enter the Location

My VDOT Service Request

My VDOT Service Request Location Page

On the Location page, you will enter information about where the debris needs removal from. You can either zoom in on the map and click the location to drop a pin, or you can enter an address.  Once you have provided an accurate location, click the Continue button.

3. Add Details and a Photo

My VDOT Service Request

My VDOT Service Request Details Page

On the Details page enter any other information VDOT maintenance crews should know about the issue, such as details about the debris, or if it is blocking or impeding use of the road/sidewalk/trail. Enter a description, and be sure to mention if the debris needs clearing from a sidewalk or trail (shared-use path). Under the “Do you have an image or file to share?” section click the Choose File button to add the photo that you took of the debris, then click the Continue button.

4. Enter Contact Information

On the last page, enter your name and email address, and check the boxes if you want to be notified about status updates or create an account (both optional). You can receive status updates via email or text messages (if you provide a mobile phone number).

My VDOT Service Request

My VDOT Service Request Contact Page

You can also check the status of your submitted service requests by returning to the MyVDOT website and logging on if you created an account, or by entering a service request number.

MyVDOT Service Request Status

MyVDOT Service Request Status

NOTE: Residents can also submit service requests to VDOT for trail and sidewalk repairs, and road issues like pot holes and sign repair. The first webpage  has options for other types of requests under “How can we help you?”

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