The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) doesn’t think so. As WABA writes here, there are many other forms of funding for some of the projects that Alexandria, Virginia’s fiscal year 2016 proposed budget proposes to cut.
The proposed budget disproportionately cuts multi-modal transportation, removes operating funds from planned Capital Bikeshare expansion, and removes the City’s capital investment in the only two trails planned for the next 10 years. Funds previously planned for these projects (as well as local DASH bus expansion) are proposed to be removed to pay WMATA operating and capital investments, precluding new local multi-modal investment for the next 10 years. The City of Alexandria can add up to 16 new Capital Bikeshare (CaBi) stations next year with the addition of $10,000 per station in operating funds; developer contributions and grants have already been identified for 100% of the capital funds needed for purchase and installation. Outside grant funding is available for more than 65 percent of the trail investments.
If you’d like to send in your comments and tell City Council to NOT cut biking and walking infrastructure, visit this link.