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Tire Safety Demonstration in Fairfax County: See What Happens When Your Tires Are Gasping For Air!

Tire Safety Demonstration in Fairfax County: See What Happens When Your Tires Are Gasping For Air!

From Lyon's PR:

A new tire industry survey shows that 85% of U.S. drivers do not know how to properly check their tire pressure.  And without knowing these simple steps, it’s costing them money at the gas pump and putting safety at risk.

With summer travelers about to hit the road and facing fuel prices pushing near record highs, there’s no better time to learn the simple and easy tire care tips to save money and help stay safe on the road. 

The Rubber Manufacturers Association (RMA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and AAA are teaming up in time for National Tire Safety Week (June 5-11) to help educate drivers about tire care.  With the help of Fairfax County police driving instructors, you will be able to see how under inflated tires can affect vehicle handling, potentially putting drivers at risk of a crash.

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 Continues Opposition to MWAA Dulles Rail Station Decision

Loudoun Continues Opposition to MWAA Dulles Rail Station Decision

From Loudoun County -- The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has taken action on several fronts in its continued opposition to the decision of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) Board of Directors in favor of an underground alignment for the proposed Metrorail station at Dulles International Airport.

At Tuesday’s meeting, the Board of Supervisors directed the County Administrator to seek additional information from MWAA and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority regarding the potential impacts on Dulles Metrorail, the operations at Dulles Airport, and any possible extension further into Loudoun County should the Board vote to opt out of the funding agreement for Phase 2 of the project.

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: