Sunday, March 1, 2015

Share Your Feedback on the FY 2016 Budget

The Fairfax County Executive released the FY 2016 Advertised Bicycle on February 17. While the Bike Program has funds for implementing some on- and off-road bike projects, they lack funds to implement the many program and policy recommendations contained in the Bicycle Master Plan that was adopted by the Board of Supervisors last year.

The County is asking residents to Share Your Feedback on the FY 2016 Advertised Budget. This is your chance to ask the county to allocate funds to implement the Bike Plan. Over the next month the Board of Supervisors will be reviewing submitted comments and make modifications to the budget. You can also sign up to speak at the Board budget hearings April 7-9. FABB will be testifying on April 7.

We submitted the following brief comments. You click use the Share Your Feedback form enter a version of these or your own comments into the form.
Program funding was cut by over $400,000 several years ago and that funding has not been reinstated. The Board of Supervisors adopted the Bicycle Master Plan in October 2014. Included in the plan are recommendations to strengthen the bicycle program and to allocate an annual bicycle program budget dedicated to bicycle planning and programmatic initiatives. The plan also recommends establishing Bike Fairfax. While new funds may not be available, as the county transportation priorities change, so should allocation of transportation funds. I am asking that funds be found for the county bike program and for Bike Fairfax.



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