Wednesday, January 16, 2008

VDOT regional pedestrian and bicycle advisory committees

On January 8, 2008 Virginia Delegate Adam Ebbin introduced House Bill No. 855 (HB855) in the Virginia House to require the Virginia Department of Transportation to establish regional pedestrian and bicycle advisory committees, one in each of the districts.
The committees shall hold regular meetings in order to seek public input for methods of improving government programs related to walking and bicycling. Citizen members of each regional committee shall be represented on a statewide pedestrian and bicycle committee, which shall also hold regular meetings.
A similar bill was introduced in 2005 and died in committee. VBF has advocated for such a bill for many years. The issue was raised several years ago by Supervisor Hudgins and the Fairfax County Board. VDOT's response was that there are many opportunities for cyclists to weigh in on projects. We think it is a good idea and we support the bill and urge cyclists to support it as well. We plan to track the bill as it progresses through the Va. House. To contact your delegate (or senator), visit Who's My Legislator? and enter your address.
Please ask your delegate and senator to co-patron this bill. As of today (Jan. 17) no co-patrons are listed, and the bill will fare much better with co-patrons.

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