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elwing
09-23-2011, 12:14 PM
I'm just about to start a new job in Fairview park, and I know my employer has showers and bike storage, but I'm wondering if it'd be possible to commute via bike. I live near the Stringfellow park and ride in Centreville (right where the Stringfellow HOV exit off of I-66 is).

Google suggests stringfellow to old lee hwy to a bunch of side streets to cross the beltway on Gallows. I've seen Gallows rd at the beltway recently, and there's no way I'd want to try to ride that. Are there any other bike friendly beltway crossings in the area? Any other routes to consider, or is this just a bad idea?

americancyclo
09-23-2011, 12:27 PM
Crossing on the W&OD would be much nicer, although maybe a bit out of your way. perhaps a route like this http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=4920+Stringfellow+Road,+Centreville,+VA +20120+(Stringfellow+Road+Park+and+Ride)&daddr=38.8591998,-77.3477196+to:38.8905,-77.21552+to:3141+Fairview+Park+Drive,+Falls+Church ,+VA+22042-4531+(Fairview+Park+Cafe)&hl=en&ll=38.868315,-77.307701&spn=0.14194,0.220757&sll=38.860563,-77.336025&sspn=0.070978,0.110378&geocode=FenYUAIdtOVi-yH40VOyjjX3VA%3BFb_xUAIdecRj-yk1SinpPU-2iTGMpZ0--yK4pg%3BFQRsUQId4Mhl-ykj4t13Pku2iTGBudU6-l9nzw%3BFUX3UAIddMNl-yEqhV6cwcq1Vimdmt7loUy2iTFR9-bdxAlsgw&vpsrc=6&dirflg=b&mra=dvme&mrsp=1&sz=13&via=1,2&t=m&z=12&lci=bike

cephas
09-23-2011, 09:32 PM
As a fan of short routes, I suggest this one: http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=4920+Stringfellow+Road,+Centreville,+VA +20120+(Stringfellow+Road+Park+and+Ride)&daddr=38.8591994,-77.3477187+to:38.86091,-77.2995+to:38.86537,-77.27478+to:38.8676973,-77.2723623+to:38.87068,-77.26898+to:38.87556,-77.22241+to:3141+Fairview+Park+Drive,+Falls+Church ,+VA+22042-4531+(Fairview+Park+Cafe)&hl=en&ll=38.853946,-77.219725&spn=0.040505,0.0842&sll=38.868315,-77.267704&sspn=0.020249,0.0421&geocode=FenYUAIdtOVi-yH40VOyjjX3VA%3BFb_xUAIdesRj-yk1SinpPU-2iTGMpZ0--yK4pg%3BFW74UAId1IBk-ym5lfUEu062iTHr7ZNTGmWX3g%3BFdoJUQIdZOFk-ym5eQr2BUy2iTFpCCmkSL7MFA%3BFfESUQId1upk-yl5EvzlCEy2iTGICYAtoF9q-Q%3BFZgeUQIdDPhk-ymnjBIACky2iTGpKaJaqiFB-Q%3BFagxUQId9q1l-ymHAPkcZku2iTG7D4EPt5nLyA%3BFUX3UAIddMNl-yEqhV6cwcq1Vimdmt7loUy2iTFR9-bdxAlsgw&vpsrc=6&dirflg=b&mra=dpe&mrsp=4&sz=15&via=1,2,3,4,5,6&t=m&z=14&lci=bike
Of course, that's from a guy who used to ride rt 7 from Alexandria to Tysons to work instead of adding 2 miles to get on the W&OD. I'd explore. Maybe get out there really early on a weekend when there's not as much traffic if you can. I'd probably take the Cross County Trail myself, but that leads to the Gallows crossing that you want to avoid. All the best finding your way! and let us know which you choose.

WillStewart
09-25-2011, 07:45 PM
I also have a challenging commute, and the way around the seemingly impossible or seriously dangerous segments for me is to employ a hop on a bus (with a bike rack). The Fairfax Connector system is extensive, and all the ones I've seen have bike racks. Some possibilities include;

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/connector/maps/631m.htm
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/connector/maps/630m.htm

These are only a sampling, btw.

jpaulwhite
09-27-2011, 12:06 PM
I also have a challenging commute, and the way around the seemingly impossible or seriously dangerous segments for me is to employ a hop on a bus (with a bike rack). The Fairfax Connector system is extensive, and all the ones I've seen have bike racks. Some possibilities include;

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/connector/maps/631m.htm
http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/connector/maps/630m.htm

These are only a sampling, btw.

Great idea I do the same