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Winter Weather Warrior Contest

Winter Weather Warrior Contest


Capital Bikeshare is hosting a two-month long biking competition to get you through the winter months. You will be rewarded for using the bikes that are at the stations all winter long. The competition started on January 1, so it's not too late to join in the fun!

The winner will be “crowned” the Winter Weather Warrior and awarded with the following prizes:


On Wednesday, Dec. 29, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will open Fairfax County Parkway Exit 166B from I-95 south to Fairfax County Parkway north, making it easier and faster for motorists heading to the Fort Belvoir North Area and other destinations in Fairfax County.

At 9 a.m. Dec, 29, crews will close the right lane on I-95 between the Springfield-Franconia Parkway (Route 7900) and the Fairfax County Parkway (Route 7100) overpass. At noon, crews will begin removing traffic control devices, and by 1:30 p.m., the exit ramp will be open to traffic.

The ramp will offer motorists two options: Fairfax County Parkway on the left, or the newly opened Heller Road on the right, which goes into the Fort Belvoir North Area. This is where the National Geospatial Agency (NGA) is located. On Tuesday, Jan. 18, the NGA will begin admitting new employees.

Tysons Connector to Cease Operations Dec. 30

Tysons Connector to Cease Operations Dec. 30

From Virginia MegaProjects:

ALEXANDRIA — The Tysons Connector - the free midday shuttle bus service in Tysons Corner - will operate for two more weeks with its last day of service Dec. 30, 2010.  After one year of operation, ridership was not sufficient to meet minimum goals needed to viably continue the service.

Tysons Connector began in November 2009 to serve area businesses, residents, shoppers and visitors within Tysons Corner.  The service was launched to provide travel options within Tysons during construction of the Dulles Metrorail project as part of the project's comprehensive transportation management plan.

Until Dec. 30, Tysons Connector will continue to operate at 10-minute intervals between 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday within Tysons Corner.

After Dec. 30, those riders who use the Tysons Connector may be able to get around Tysons Corner by using the following routes:

A Closer Look at Gas Prices in Arlington

A Closer Look at Gas Prices in Arlington

Gas prices are continuing to climb in our area. The Arlington area average is currently $3.010 a gallon according to AAA. This morning I used the AAA search to find out the most expensive and the least expensive places to fill up in Arlington. From my search, I found the cheapest is $2.959 a gallon at Hess located at 3299 Wilson Boulevard and the most expensive is $3.099 a gallon at Exxon located at 2720 South Glebe Road.

Cheapest Gas Price in Arlington

According to AAA, the cheapest gas in Arlington is $2.859 a gallon at Wilson Blvd Amoco BP. This gas station is located at 5000 Wilson Blvd in Arlington, VA.

Ten Fairfax County Employers Designated Best Workplaces for Commuters

From Fairfax County Department of Transportation: 

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT), in partnership with the University of South Florida’s Center for Urban Transportation Research, have designated ten Fairfax County employers as “Best Workplaces for Commuters” for 2010. The employers were recognized for the range of transportation options offered to their employees.

The “Best Workplaces for Commuters” designation acknowledges employers who have excelled in implementing green commuter programs including ridesharing, transit benefits, biking and walking, teleworking, alternate work schedules and other Transportation Demand Management strategies. The employers are:

Do You Ride or Park Your Bicycle in Arlington? Take steps to prevent bicycle theft

From Arlington County Police Department:

ARLINGTON, VA. - The Arlington County Police Department is reminding residents that ride or store their bicycle in Arlington County to remain vigilant. 394 bicycles were reported stolen in 2010, and many of these larcenies may have been preventable. Most of the owners used chains with padlocks or cable locks as a means of locking their bikes. Neither chains nor cables provide sufficient protection. A properly secured U-lock is strongly recommended.

Do not make your bicycle an easy target, or a crime of opportunity. Do not leave your bike unlocked on the front porch, in a shed, or in an open garage.

Be prepared: