BikeLoudoun Event to Highlight Bike-Related Projects

BikeLoudoun, a bike advocacy organization, wants to fill cyclists of all ages and abilities in on some of the efforts (and progress) being made to make Loudoun more bike friendly.

The group will host a free event called Bicycling for Fun and Work in Loudoun County from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at Rust Library, 380 Old Waterford Road NW in Leesburg.

W&OD TrailThe meeting will provide information about trails, routes, programs for schools and employers, trail safety and etiquette, and bicycle-related projects, including planned bike connections to the new Metro stations, the Leesburg Loop—a designated bike route around the town—and potential W&OD and C&O Canal Path connections.

Speakers include BikeLoudoun President Dennis Kruse; Loudoun County Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure Employer Outreach Specialist Judy Galen; Kathy Leidich and Rowe Hannah, also of the county’s Department of Transportation and Capital Infrastructure; and Val Mulhern and Janice Jennings, Loudoun County Public Schools’ coordinators for the Safe Routes to School program.

Kruse said BikeLoudoun formed to advocate for more bike lanes and trails to allow for people to ride more for fun or as a means of transportation to work or school. The group has worked closely with the Town of Leesburg, the Loudoun County government and the school system on its Safe Routes to School program.

“We want to try to get a general awareness and try to move things forward here in the county in terms of being bike friendly,” he said.

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