Fairfax County is interested in your views of the future, providing a great opportunity to speak up for more bicycle infrastructure. For the first time since 2012 the county is beginning a strategic planning process to shape our future and is seeking inputs from those who live, work, or own a business here. The first step is this five-question survey that includes some optional demographic questions and takes only a few minutes to complete.
FABB is urging as many as people as possible to respond to the survey. You will be asked what you believe are the most important issues and opportunities that Fairfax County will need to address in the next 10-20 years. Clearly, more multimodal transportation infrastructure that includes bicycling is such a critical issue. It also is an important opportunity to reduce congestion and pollution and contribute to healthier and more active local lifestyles.
In response to a question about the type of place you hope Fairfax County will be ten years for now, FABB encourages answers that feature bicycle-friendly communities and businesses, reduced congestion, and shorter commuting times.
The survey also asks what three things Fairfax County Government does well and what are three areas where the government could improve. FABB thinks the county could improve on treating bicyclists, pedestrians, and public transit uses more equitably in resource allocations, funding a Bicycle Master Plan and map update, and supporting BikeFairfax encouragement and education efforts.
Finally, the survey asks participants to select from a list or choose their own top 3 priorities for the County over the next 3-5 years? The list has current Fairfax County Board of Supervisors priorities: a quality educational system; safe streets and neighborhoods; clean, sustainable environment; livable, caring, affordable communities; a vibrant economy; efficient transportation network; recreational and cultural opportunities; and affordable taxes. FABB suggests that the top three priorities should be transportation, environment, and livable communities with an emphasis on increased multimodal transportation options that feature bicycling.
Please take the survey and please speak up for better bicycling in Fairfax County. The subsequent strategic planning steps will include four moderated listening sessions around the county in Reston (February 13), Alexandria (February 25), Fairfax (February 26) and Falls Church (March 6). You can register to attend one of the sessions here.
For more information, check out the Countywide Strategic Planning website.