Fairfax County bicyclists have a chance to have their voice hear in Richmond by attending the Fairfax County General Assembly delegation’s pre-2020 session public hearing this Saturday, January 4, 2020. Political leaders in Richmond have indicated that major goals for the next General Assembly will be initiatives to improve transportation safety with a hands free driving bill and new legislation to lower greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector. Riders need to Speak Up! to make sure bicycling gets the appropriate priority in plans to reduce emissions as well as increase multi-modal transportation options and enforce laws that improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians.
FABB supports all efforts to reduce distracted driving and urges all of our members to contact your state delegate and senator to support this legislation. We also believe that legislation and policy that increases bicycling through more infrastructure and safety improvements can have a tremendous impact in fulfilling the goals of proposals to address climate change, energy and other environmental issues.
The hearing will start at 9:00 am in the board room of the Fairfax County Government Center, 12000 Government Center Parkway, in Fairfax. Speakers must be Fairfax County residents and need to register in advance for their three-minute time slot by noon, Thursday, January 2, 2020. Residents can register online using this form or by contacting the Department of Clerk Services at 703-324-3151, TTY 711.
The hearing will be televised live on Fairfax County Television Channel 16 (Channel 1016 in HD on Cox; Channel 16 on Verizon or Comcast), and can also be viewed on-line through the Channel 16 stream.
Further information on the public hearing is available from members of the Fairfax County legislative delegation. Contact information for individual delegation members is available on the Virginia General Assembly web page at http://whosmy.virginiageneralassembly.gov/.