Active Prince William

Helping to make Prince William, Manassas, and Manassas Park a More Livable, Sustainable Community.

Category: Public Hearing

Join the Manassas Community Conversations

The City of Manassas is holding a series of “Community Conversations” to gather ideas, priorities, and visions for the community’s future from individuals, families, neighbors, business professionals, and community leaders. This is your opportunity to shape Manassas by sharing your perspectives and providing input on key topics such as quality of life, services, transportation, land use, and economic development.

This community engagement process follows up on the City’s 2014 and 2016 community surveys, in which the following 10 community priorities were identified in order of importance.

 

The following engagement sessions remain:

Thursday, Sept. 7, 2 PM – Active Adults & Seniors
​​​Manassas Senior Center Board Room / 9320 Mosby Street ​​

Thursday, Sept. 7, 6PM – Families ​
​Manassas Museum / 9101 Prince William Street ​

Thursday, Sept. 21, 6 PM – Twenty & Thirty Somethings
​​​Bad Wolf Brew House / 8420 Kao Circle ​​ ​​​​

Saturday, Sept. 23, 2PM – Everyone!
​Grace Methodist Church Fellowship Hall / 9750 Wellington Road

You can also engage with City staff at the farmers markets in downtown Manassas on September 16 and 28 and October 21 and 26.

In addition, you can participate online through the City’s new online engagement portal!

The Community Conversations will dig deeper into the “why” of the top priorities to find location-specific issues and gauge if any priorities are missing from the list generated by the survey. The findings from both the survey and the Community Conversations will assist the City in updating its strategic priorities and comprehensive plan. Join the conversation!

Route 28 Corridor Study Public Information Meeting, Thursday, September 7, 6:30-8:30 PM, at the Manassas Park Community Center

Prince William County and the Cities of Manassas and Manassas Park, in partnership with the Northern Virginia Transportation Authority, are holding a public information meeting on their Route 28 Corridor Feasibility Study on Thursday, September 7, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Manassas Park Community Center, 99 Adams St, Manassas Park, VA 20111.  The meeting will include a project overview presentation beginning at 7:00 pm.

According to the study website, the “project goals for the Route 28 Corridor Feasibility Study are to identify infrastructure improvements that will improve travel times and network reliability within the Route 28 Corridor through Prince William County, the City of Manassas and City of Manassas Park [between Godwin Dr at the west Manassas city line and Compton Rd in southern Fairfax County] and develop a plan to implement these improvement project(s).”

The public is invited to review and comment on the four alternatives for long-term corridor improvements that currently remain under consideration.

All alternatives would include a shared-use path for bicycling and walking.   One of nine “key objectives’ of this study is to “provide increased opportunities for alternative modes of travel such as travel by bicycles, walking and carpooling/vanpooling”.

View the May 11, 2017 study briefing.

Prince William County news release of August 29, 2017, describing a proposed Comprehensive Plan amendment for the presumed preferred alternative (2B) from this study.

For those unable to attend the September 7th meeting, a second, identical meeting will be held on Monday, September 11, from 6:30pm to 8:30pm, at the Centreville Elementary School cafeteria, 14330 Green Trails Blvd, Centreville, VA 20121.

Legislative Town Hall with Senator McPike & Lieutenant Governor Northam, Thursday, April 6, 7 PM to 8:30 PM, at GMU Manassas Campus

Post Veto-Session Legislative Town Hall Meeting
with Senator Jeremy McPike and Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam
Thursday, April 6, 2017
7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

George Mason University Science and Technology Campus
Verizon Auditorium in Colgan Hall, 10900 University Blvd, Manassas VA 20110 Please park in the Occoquan Parking Lot

WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK:  Please join Senator McPike and Lieutenant Governor Northam to discuss legislative and policy matters that affect the 29th Senate District and the Commonwealth of Virginia.  This is not a campaign event.

Please use this Google Form to RSVP and/or to sign up in advance to ask questions at the forum

Questions?  Contact Devon Cabot at 571-316-0581 or District29@Senate.Virginia.Gov

Bike-Related Bills for the 2017 Virginia General Assembly Session

Photo courtesy of Mike Beaty

Prince William County Delegation to the Virginia General Assembly
Public Hearing for the 2017 Legislative Session, January 7, 2017
Statement by Allen Muchnick, board member
Virginia Bicycling Federation and Active Prince William

Good afternoon. I’m Allen Muchnick, a board member of both the Virginia Bicycling Federation and Active Prince William.  Active Prince William was founded one year ago to advance bicycling, walking, and public transportation in Prince William County and greater Manassas.

For the past eight years, the Virginia Bicycling Federation has sought to improve justice for bicyclists injured by negligent motorists.  As a result, the General Assembly has modified Virginia’s traffic laws to finally prohibit motorists from following or passing a bicyclist too closely and from carelessly opening the driver’s door of a parked vehicle into the path of approaching traffic. While we appreciate these long-needed changes, more must be done to hold careless and distracted motorists accountable for their negligence.

Last year, Senator Surovell and Delegate Sullivan each introduced bills to charge a careless or distracted motorist with a Class 1 misdemeanor and to suspend their driver’s license for one to three years if their negligence is “the proximate cause of serious physical injury to a vulnerable road user.”   Although both bills died in committee last year, we are pleased that both legislators will file similar bills this year.  Delegate Sullivan’s new bill is HB 1633.  We ask the entire Prince William County delegation to endorse both bills as co-patrons.

Distracted driving due to handheld electronic devices has been a growing cause of traffic crashes, injuries, and deaths for well over a decade.  We strongly support Senator Surovell’s SB 860, which would generally prohibit the manual operation of a handheld personal communications device while driving a motor vehicle and would establish a reckless driving charge if a violation of this new prohibition is concurrent with an additional traffic offense or if the violation results in a crash.  We ask the Prince William County delegation to strongly support this bill as well.

Senator Surovell has also prefiled a bill to establish a reckless driving charge for motorists who pass, or attempt to pass, another vehicle by driving in a bicycle lane.  We fully support that bill and would also support a reckless driving charge when a motorist passes another same-direction-motorist who is stopped at a marked crosswalk for pedestrian or bicycle traffic.

In 2015 and 2016, bills were filed to not reduce highway maintenance payments to municipalities that have implemented road diets, whereby the space occupied by one or more conventional travel lanes is reallocated to create one or more bike lanes.  Road diets are widely used, including in Northern Virginia, to effectively retrofit bike lanes while simultaneously improving a road’s capacity and safety for motorists; they should not be discouraged with counterproductive disincentives.  We expect Delegate Villanueva to carry the road diet bill this year, and we ask you to endorse it as co-patrons.  Cities, including Manassas and Manassas Park, would benefit significantly from this legislation.

Thank you for considering my requests, and best wishes for a productive legislative session.

Prince William County General Assembly Delegation Public Hearing, Saturday, January 7, 2017

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Prince William County 2017 General Assembly Public Hearing

The Prince William County Delegation to the General Assembly is holding a joint pre-2017 General Assembly Session public hearing for local residents to relate their concerns.  All Prince William County, Manassas City, and Manassas Park residents and organizations are invited to attend and speak.

This is an ideal opportunity to ask our state legislators to improve the livability and vitality of our communities by making active transportation more accessible, pleasant, and safer.   For example, the Commonwealth might: 1) increase funding to adequately maintain VDOT’s existing pedestrian and bicycle facilities and expand local bus service; 2) eliminate major barriers to bicycling and walking, such as across I-95 in eastern Prince William County; 3) fund improved bicycle  parking facilities at VRE stations, park-and-ride lots, and major bus stops, and/or 4) pass legislation to reduce distracted driving and hold motorists more accountable when they kill or permanently injure others by their negligent driving.

As a Prince William area resident, you likely know additional ways that the Commonwealth of Virginia could make bicycling, walking, and/or transit use more viable in our area.  This annual pre-session hearing is a key opportunity to advance active transportation in our communities.

Prince William County 2017 General Assembly Public Hearing
Saturday, January 7, 2017
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.

James J. McCoart Administrative Building
1 County Complex Court
Woodbridge, VA 22192

Participants are asked to respect these guidelines:

  • All participants speak only for three minutes
  • Sign up once
  • Each participating organization may only have three speakers
  • Participants should bring 15 copies of all materials for the PWC delegation
  • All speakers be on time

If you are interested in addressing the Prince William County Delegation regarding your concerns for the General Assembly Session, please sign up using the link provided:

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY PUBLIC FORUM SIGN-UP SHEET