Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bike Coordinator position funded

Today the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors made final decisions on the budget for next year. The bike coordinator position was on a list of possible budget reductions. However, the Board agreed to fully fund the position.

Thanks to everyone who contacted the Board and/or sent comments to the budget office. The coordinator position is critical to ensuring the Bicycle Master Plan is adopted and implemented over the coming years. We are glad that the Board agrees and allocated funds. We're hoping that they also fully fund the bike program and find funding for an organization similar to Bike Arlington that will encourage more people to travel by bike.

We were not overly concerned about funding for the position. We know that the majority of the Board understands the need for the bike coordinator position. We have fought this battle before. In 2010 Supervisor Herrity first raised the issue of eliminating the position. Since that time the position has appeared multiple times on the list of possible cuts proposed by the County Executive.

We plan to write to the Board thanking them for funding the position and asking them to fund the bicycle program next year and start now to search for a replacement for the current bike coordinator, who will be leaving at the end if this year.

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