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Police Promote Efforts to Increase Seatbelt Use

Police Promote Efforts to Increase Seatbelt Use

From Fairfax County Police Department:

One in five Virginians fail to wear their safety belt regularly when driving or riding in a motor vehicle. That is why Fairfax County is joining with DRIVE SMART Virginia, the Virginia Highway Safety Office, and fellow law enforcement agencies to reinforce the importance of buckling up on every ride, every time. Preliminary data from Virginia Highway Safety Office indicates there were a total of 821 fatalities on Virginia roadways for 2008. Of those, 631 of the fatalities occurred in vehicles equipped with seatbelts and 342 or 54% were not wearing those seatbelts.

Research shows that seat belts reduce severity of injury and when worn correctly, they reduce the risk of moderate-to-critical injury by half. Excessive speed is not always a factor; most crashes causing death or injury occur at speeds below 40 miles per hour.

Fairfax County Rides on Bike to Work Day 2011 is Tomorrow

Fairfax County Rides on Bike to Work Day 2011 is Tomorrow

From Fairfax County:


May is National Bike Month and Friday, May 20 is Bike to Work Day. The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), the Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA), and local governments including Fairfax County will host one of the nation’s largest Bike to Work Day events. The annual event is held every spring to increase awareness and expose people to the benefits of bicycling to work, and to the market, the library, the café, the book store, the bike shop…basically everywhere!

This year, there are 49 pits stops around the region. Nine pit stops will be set up throughout Fairfax County:

Reston Town Center (at the intersection of Discovery Street and Market Street)

Vienna (at the Vienna Town Green on the W&OD)

Fairfax City at Van Dyck Park

Fairfax Corner (in the plaza opposite Coastal Flats)

Tysons Corner (at Booz Allen Hamilton, 8283 Greensboro Drive)

Loudoun County Transit Celebrates One Million Rides Milestone

Loudoun County Transit Celebrates One Million Rides Milestone

Loudoun County Transit (LC Transit) has reached the milestone of one million rides. On Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at about 7:30 a.m., a passenger crossed the threshold by boarding a Loudoun County commuter bus, putting the service over one million rides for Fiscal Year 2011.

LC Transit provides commuter bus service weekdays from twelve park and ride lots throughout Loudoun to destinations within the Washington metropolitan region, including Tysons Corner, West Falls Church, Rosslyn, Crystal City, and the Pentagon.  Buses also make stops in the District of Columbia along major business corridors and near federal buildings and tourist locations. 

In FY 2001, total passenger trips were just over 180,000.  By June 2011 and the end of FY 2011, LC Transit will have logged just over 1.2 million passenger trips.  In 10 years the annual passenger trips have increased more than six fold. 

Ways to Save at the Pump

Ways to Save at the Pump

From Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs:

The rising cost of gas can really put an extra strain on your budget. The Fairfax County Department of Vehicle Services encourages residents to try some of these fuel saving strategies to help offset the high price at the pump.

1. Slow down on highways

Most vehicles reach peak fuel efficiency at speeds between 45 and 55 miles per hour. According to U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) figures, you lose 7 to 23 percent of fuel efficiency for every five miles per hour in excess of 60 MPH. Some drivers might save a gallon of gas a week this way.

2. Keep calm and close the windows

Spend It Like It’s Your Own

Spend It Like It’s Your Own

You may have heard that tempers are flaring over the planned metro station at Dulles. According to news reports, the board at Dulles International Airport stands behind its decision to build an underground station because it would be more 1) convenient for travelers, and 2) attractive than an above ground station.

So, it behooves us to ask about the degree of perceived inconvenience. How would using an above ground metro station compare with:

Fairfax City to Hold Work Session Tonight Regarding Red Light Camera Plan

Fairfax City to Hold Work Session Tonight Regarding Red Light Camera Plan

Tonight at 7 p.m. during the Fairfax City Council regular meeting, there will be a work session regarding the re-establishment of the red-light camera program which was dismantled in 2005. "It was a temporary pilot program established by the state," said Chris Cohen of the City of Fairfax. Tonight the City Council cannot take action on the item, because it falls under a work session, but it will certainly be up for discussion. In particular, the Council will be discussing camera locations. How do you feel about Fairfax City potentially adding these red light cameras back?


I-66 Pavement Rehab Begins April 4

From VDOT:

In April, the Virginia Department of Transportation begins a $48 million project to repair and resurface six and a half miles of badly deteriorated pavement on Interstate 66 between the Capital Beltway and Route 50 in Fairfax County. To minimize impacts to motorists, all lane closures will take place at night—between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., Sunday through Thursday nights. The project will be complete in the fall of 2012.

Beginning April 4, two of three lanes on eastbound I-66 will be closed weeknights from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. between the Beltway and Route 50.

Beginning Monday, April 18, the same closures will begin 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. weeknights on westbound I-66 between the Beltway and Route 50. Crews will limit the work zones to about two miles at a time. The closures in both directions will continue Sunday through Thursday nights through November 2012, weather permitting.