Safe Streets for Bailey’s | Calles Seguras para Baileys

Bicyclist navigates Rt. 7
Image: Sonya Breehey

The Bailey’s Crossroads community is home to a large immigrant population where many residents rely on walking, biking, and using the bus to get to work and their daily activities. Yet, the main arterial roads (Leesburg Pike & Columbia Pike) are unsafe because of missing sidewalks, few safe crossing options, bus stops without crosswalks, and heavy high-speed traffic.

The Coalition for Smarter Growth and CASA are partnering on the Safe Streets for Bailey’s Crossroads campaign to engage and organize the local community in advocating and winning safer streets and improved access to walking, biking, and accessing transit and services. Also helping the campaign are the Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling, Fairfax Families for Safe Streets, and other local community activists. The groups will seek to work with Fairfax County elected officials and staff, as well as the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), to expedite urgently needed near-term safety fixes, as well as more permanent redesign of Route 7 for improved safety, taking advantage of plans for bus rapid transit in the corridor.

Latest Happenings

CSG in the News: Virginia Reduces Speed Limit On Stretch Of Route 1 In Fairfax County

May 22, 2023 | DCist | Jenny Gathright Sonya Breehey, the northern Virginia advocacy manager for the Coalition for Smarter Growth, says the speed limit reduction is a “win for a safer Richmond highway and the communities along the corridor.” “The Richmond Highway corridor is just dangerous, and routinely sees

CSG/CASA Comments: Culmore Pedestrian Safety Improvements

The Coalition for Smarter Growth (CSG) and CASA write to provide comments (attached and below) to the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) and Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) on recommendations for pedestrian safety improvements in the Culmore community presented at the Aug. 4th public meeting. 

Help make sure Route 7 safety improvements happen in Culmore!

Wow! Over a hundred residents, including school-aged children, attended the Route 7-Culmore Pedestrian Safety public meeting demanding that Fairfax County and VDOT make it safer for their families and neighbors to walk and bike in the community. On the positive side, officials announced at the meeting the possibility of several

RSVP: Culmore Pedestrian Safety Rally & Public Meeting

Join CSG and CASA for a rally, followed by the meeting, to demand urgent action to make Route 7 safer for the residents of Culmore and everyone who travels the road.

Important public meeting and rally for safer streets in Baileys Crossroads

CSG and CASA’s joint efforts have prompted an important public meeting next week! VDOT, in collaboration with Fairfax DOT and Supervisor Penny Gross, will hold a meeting to hear community requests for potential safety improvements for Route 7 in the Culmore neighborhood of Bailey’s Crossroads.