FY 2015 Budget Process Update
Over the next several weeks, City Council and City staff will continue to work on the City Manager’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2015 General Operating Budget and Capital Improvement Program through a series of work sessions and public hearings during April. A Public Hearing on tax rates will be held on Saturday, April 12, at 9:30 a.m. in Council Chambers at City Hall (301 King Street). City Council will finalize the Fiscal Year 2015 Approved Budget and Capital Improvement Program on Thursday, May 1.
Bicycle Safety Classes in Alexandria
Alexandria added more than 11 lane miles of on-street bicycle facilities last year, and more than one mile in shared-use paths. The City’s Local Motion program, in partnership with the Washington Area Bicyclists Association (WABA), will offer six adult bicycle education classes this spring. Classes encourage safe riding for a wide range of skill sets, from beginner to advanced riders. Beginner classes teach participants how to ride a bicycle, and advanced three-hour classes teach bicycle handling skills, how to ride safely in traffic, and rules of the road. On Saturday, April 5, the Barrett Branch Library (717 Queen Street) in coordination with Local Motion, the Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Alexandria SpokesWomen and the Virginia Tech Bicycle Ambassadors, will hold a Bicycle Commuting 101 course from 3 to 4:30 p.m. for attendees to learn bicycling basics, gain confidence, and bike safely.
The Alexandria Commuter Challenge Begins
The City’s Local Motion program launched the third annual Commuter Challenge on Monday, March 31. Fifteen Alexandria employers are taking the Challenge by encouraging their employees to leave their cars at home and commute to work using alternative transportation: walk, bike, carpool/vanpool, bus, train, and telework. Each of the 245 competitors will log their commuting trips online daily for prizes. Companies can also win in three categories: Gold (highest percent of increased vehicle miles traveled by the use of alternative transportation), Silver (highest percent of increased number of trips using alternative transportation) and Bronze (highest percent of employee participation). Stay tuned to see who wins!
Northern Virginia Housing Expo
On March 29, the fourth annual Northern Virginia Housing Expo was held in Springfield, Virginia. The event attracted more than 800 renters, homebuyers, and others seeking information on housing resources in the region. The Expo is a regional partnership between the Cities of Alexandria and Falls Church; the Counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William; and the Town of Herndon. Through the combined efforts of these municipalities, the Expo Planning Committee is able to fund the event entirely through sponsorships and exhibitor fees. This year’s Platinum Sponsors were the Virginia Housing Development Authority (VHDA) and Capital One Bank.