Biking in central McLean just got a bit easier.
Last week, Supervisor John W. Foust (D-Dranesville) and bicycling advocates unveiled about 80 signs marking the best bike routes to use to travel to destinations in the community.
The best routes are “not always obvious,” Foust said. “But if you follow the signs, you can be assured that you will get there.”
The signs help riders find the safest routes to places such as the McLean Community Center and the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, keeping them off major thoroughfares such as Route 123 as much as possible.
McLean is the first place in Fairfax County to receive the signs. Foust said he expects they will be installed in Tysons Corner as it redevelops, as well as other areas.
Dennis Frew of McLean, who served on the McLean Pedestrian and Bicycle Task Force that recommended the signs, helped map the routes. He previously worked on the McLean sections of the county’s bike route map, along with other members of Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling.
“I’ve been riding in McLean for over 30 years,” Frew said. “I would ride my bike around and explore different things, trying to figure out what connects where.”
Frew said he has been working with the Greater McLean Chamber of Commerce to make McLean’s business district more bike friendly.
“Right now, there are almost no bike racks in McLean,” he said.
The chamber has obtained commitments from at least a half-dozen businesses to install bike racks, he said.
The McLean signs were funded by the county’s commercial and industrial tax, which is used solely for transportation. But, Frew said, there hasn’t been much other funding available for bicycling-related projects in the last few years.
“Hopefully, this new transportation bill will provide some new funds,” he said.