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Express Bus to Tysons

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation Fairfax Connector has launched its new Express Connector bus service from Springfied to Tysons. The buses travel to Tysons via the 495 Express Lanes and commuters get to experience fast Express Lanes speeds without having to pay a toll.

Pedestrian, Bicycle Safety Urged

Fairfax County police are urging drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians to be vigilant this July. The number of cyclists involved in crashes increased from 85 in 2011 to 106 in 2012. So far in 2013, there have been 45.

An 18-month study of reportable bicycle crashes shows that at least a quarter of the bicyclists weren’t wearing reflective clothing at the time of the crash; five bicyclists were reported to have been drinking alcohol and about 44 percent were doing something improper, such as riding on the wrong side of the road, failing to maintain proper control or disregarding a stop or yield sign. Police are working with private cycling groups around the region to increase public education efforts on bicycle safety issues.

Police also report an increase in pedestrians involved in crashes. There were 201 in 2012—up from 185 in 2011. So far this year, there have been 98. Police urge pedestrians to learn more about safety issues at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/fcdot/pedestrian/pedsafety.htm.