Monday, February 2, 2009

Fairfax County Board Chairman candidate positions

Fairfax County residents will select their new Chairman of the Board of Supervisors tomorrow, Tues., Feb. 3, to replace Congressman Gerry Connolly. When he was chairman of the Board of Supervisors, Congressman Connolly was a strong supporter of bicyclists. He initiated the Comprehensive Bicycle Initiative that provided funding for a full-time bike coordinator, the new bike map, and funds for bike lane pilot projects. We hope his replacement will be as supportive of bicycling as a viable mode of transportation.

We sent a questionnaire to the two major candidates for the Chairman seat, Supervisor Bulova and Supervisor Herrity. You can read Supervisor Bulova's responses from the 2007 Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Candidate Survey. We have not heard from Supervisor Herrity.

As you can see from the survey, Supervisor Bulova supports "bicycling as an alternate mode of transportation and will seek explicit funding for bicycle facilities (bike lanes, paved shoulders, wider outside lanes, bike parking, better enforcement of traffic laws protecting bicyclists, etc.)" She supports "sponsoring a motion that puts Fairfax County on a track to be recognized as a Bicycle-Friendly Community" and she supports "the creation of general plan for bicycle accommodations."

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