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Falls Church takes steps to address W&OD safety after accident

City of Falls Church Police Chief Mary Gavin announced the additional deployment of bicycle and motorcycle officers along the Washington & Old Dominion Trail to promote education and enforcement of park and traffic laws folowing a serious bike-jogger collision last Sunday.

According to police, initial reports from witnesses indicate that the jogger was attempting to pass walkers on the left and collided with the cyclist traveling in the opposite direction. Both the cyclist and the jogger sustained life-threatening injuries and are currently being treated at local hospitals. An investigation is ongoing to determine the precise cause of the crash.

Falls Church police have seen the amount of safety concerns and requests for presence in traffic enforcement along the trail has increase over the past year, due to increased usage of the 1.5-mile segment of the trail within the city. In response to concerns from city residents, Falls Church Police were awarded a $2,400 safety grant from the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles to deploy officers for traffic education and enforcement in shared-use areas such as the W&OD Trail.

City police encourage the safe use of the trail and emphasize that traffic control signs, including stops signs, are in place to regulate the trail traffic.

Express Lanes operator seeks feedback

The operators of the Interstate 495 Express Lanes are asking drivers to offer their feedback and ideas about the carpool and toll lanes on the Capital Beltway. Through Oct. 25, Express Lanes users and other Beltway drivers can submit feedback and suggestions on any subject of Express Lanes operations through www.495expresslanes.com/ideas.

Fairfax school system introduces new mobile app

Fairfax County Public Schools has introduced a new mobile app for use on Android devices, iPhones, and tablets. The official FCPS mobile app is available in the iTunes Store and on Google Play at no cost.

Parents and students can customize the app to follow the school or schools of their choice. Features include the latest news under Top Stories, calendars, lunch menus and a link to MyLunchMoney.com, emergency alerts, contact information for members of the Fairfax County School Board, a directory of schools, suggestions, and social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

The FCPS app will continue to be updated throughout the year.

Open house at all fire stations on Oct. 12

In an effort to prevent home fires before they start, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department will host Fire Prevention Week open houses on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all stations throughout the county. The theme for Fire Prevention Week is “Prevent Kitchen Fires.”

Firefighters and paramedics will have displays and activities emphasizing fire safety, including preventing fires and fire injuries, especially in the home. Residents are encouraged to visit a nearby fire and rescue station to participate in the activities and learn more about fire safety.

Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, which killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures, and burned more than 2,000 acres.

To learn more about fire prevention, go to www.firepreventionweek.org.