As the number of cyclists in Fairfax County has increased this year, so have collision rates, says Fairfax City Patch. This year, the county has seen fifty-four bicycle accidents and one fatality, an increase from 2011’s statistics of forty-four incidents and zero fatalities. The fatality occurred earlier this month, when Elizabeth P. Shattuck of Falls Church was hit and killed by a vehicle.
In an effort to increase safety and decrease collisions, Fairfax County is developing a countywide bicycle master plan. According to reports, the county is trying to make itself more bicycle friendly. They are aiming to achieve a bike rate of 80 percent capacity within six months of opening the Silver Line. The plan also includes plans to educate cyclists and motorists, expand infrastructure to add bike lanes and trails, and recommend policy. Until the plan is in effect, officials stress the importance of following traffic laws and wearing reflective gear to increase cyclist visibility.