Wednesday, October 14, 2015

School Board Candidate Survey

The Fairfax County School Board election will be held on Tuesday, November 3. FABB recently sent a survey to all candidates running for School Board seats. As a nonprofit organization we do not endorse candidates but we can let people know the candidates' views on various bike-related topics.

Candidates have until October 23 to return the survey. We will post the responses shortly afterwards. See our 2007 Board of Supervisors Candidate Survey results. Below is the letter sent to all candidates along with the questions:
Dear Candidate for Fairfax County School Board,

Since 2005, Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling has been promoting Safe Routes to School's five points of Engineering, Education, Encouragement, Enforcement and Evaluation throughout Fairfax County. Bicycling is a life skill that can be enjoyed residents of all ages. It provides a low cost, healthy form of transportation and recreation. A year ago, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the Fairfax County Bicycle Master Plan, which includes recommendations regarding school transportation. That section begins on Page 69.

So that Fairfax County bicycle supporters and all voters can be informed about your views and level of support regarding school transportation issues, we would greatly appreciate if you would complete, sign, date, and return the short survey below to Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling at no later than October 23, 2015. We will compile and publish the survey results as a nonpartisan, educational tool before the November election.

Please note that our 501(c)(3) status prohibits us from endorsing candidates and contributing to partisan election campaigns.

Should you have any questions please contact me at

Bruce Wright

1. Do you agree with the statement?  "The school system and school board should be doing more to enable FCPS students to walk and bike to school instead of driving or being driven.”

2. Do you support the hiring of a full-time SRTS Coordinator position to help achieve this goal (current position is grant funded until Aug 2016)?

3. Do you support a comprehensive traffic safety education program that ensures, at the appropriate age levels, all students learn how to safely walk, bike, drive and use transit for their daily travel needs?  Currently only drivers education is taught. Note: In 2012, the School Board adopted the following policy: 'The school system will ensure that programs of walking, bicycling and bus safety education shall be established and maintained for students in the elementary schools.”

4. Do you support a comprehensive transportation study of FCPS, akin to the school lunch and school start time studies, to understand FCPS' student transportation patterns, regional traffic impact, costs and other factors that drive decision making.


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