Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Budget Town Hall meetings scheduled - Speak out for funding the bike plan

Fairfax County is holding several budget town hall meetings over the next month. Cyclists should consider attending one or more of these meetings to speak out for funding for implementation of the Bicycle Master Plan. The plan was adopted in October and includes several ambitious goals for building new bike facilities and encouraging more people to take short trips by bike.

The Board of Supervisors is committed to funding some major bike projects, including several as part of the 2014 Transportation Bond. Physical infrastructure (Engineering) is only one part of what it takes to become a bicycle-friendly place. Encouragement, Education, Enforcement, and Evaluation, the other 4 E's, are also needed, and there is almost no funding for these activities in this year's budget. The county needs funding in order to support activities such as Bike to Work Day, Bike to School Day, bicycle safety education for children and adults, motorist education, a bicycle counting program, and other programs. It doesn't take much money; it takes a commitment on the part of the county to make these activities a priority.

Cyclists are encouraged to attend these upcoming budget meetings to ask the county to start now to implement the Bicycle Master Plan. While adoption of the plan was a major achievement, we don't want it to sit on the shelf, and funds are needed for those other activities. You can also sign up to speak at the Board budget hearings April 7-9. See the county budget page for more info.

Town Hall Meeting



Hunter Mill District Budget Meeting Frying Pan Park - 2709 West Ox Road, Herndon Saturday, February 28 - Registration and coffee - 8:30 am; meeting starts at 9:00 am
Dranesville District Budget Meeting Great Falls Library - 9830 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls Wednesday, March 4 - 7:00 pm
Providence District Budget Meeting Providence Community Center - 3001 Vaden Drive, Fairfax - Multi-Purpose Room 2 Wednesday, March 11 - 7:00 pm
Braddock District Budget Meeting Braddock Government Center, 9002 Burke Lake Road, Burke - Braddock Hall Wednesday, March 11 - 7:30 pm
Dranesville District Budget Meeting McLean Community Center, 1234 Ingleside Avenue, McLean Wednesday, March 11 - 7:30 pm
Chairman Bulova's Community Dialogue on the Budget South County Center, 8350 Richmond Highway, Alexandria - Room 221 Saturday, March 14 - 10 am - noon
Chairman Bulova's Community Dialogue on the Budget Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax - Conference Room 9/10 Saturday, March 14 - 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Braddock District Budget Meeting Frost Middle School, 4101 Pickett Road, Fairfax Tuesday, March 17 - 7:30 pm
Springfield District Budget Meeting West Springfield Government Center - 6140 Rolling Road, Springfield - Community Room Wednesday, March 18 - 7:00 p.m.
Mason District Budget Meeting Mason District Government Center, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale - Main Community Room Thursday, March 19 - 7:00 p.m.
Lee District Budget Meeting Franconia Government Center - 6121 Franconia Road, Alexandria Wednesday, March 25 - 7:00 p.m.
Sully District Budget Meeting Rocky Run Middle School - Cafeteria - 4400 Stringfellow Road, Chantilly Wednesday, March 25 - 7:00 p.m.

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