Virginia Moving Planet - Fairfax Wants Better Transportation Options
As part of the Moving Planet International Day of Action to move the world beyond dependence on fossil fuels, the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club, Smart Growth America, Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling, Laborers’ International Union of North America, and 350.org held a citizen’s march from Dunn Loring Community Park to Dunn Loring Metro station.
The event promoted the freedom to choose transportation choices other than cars, like public transit and bicycling, in order to reduce congestion and greenhouse gas emissions. The rally asked Governor McDonnell to spend some of his $4 billion transportation budget on building bike infrastructure, funding Phase II of the Silver Line Metro expansion, and building the Purple Line.
Speakers included Andy Clarke from Fairfax Advocates for Better Bicycling (FABB), Elisa Ortiz from Smart Growth America, Roger Diedrich from the Virginia Chapter of the Sierra Club, Delegate Mark Keam, 35th District, and master of ceremonies Susan Stillman of FABB.
“Hybrid cars are not the solution. Mass transportation is the solution,” said Delegate Mark Keam in a rousing speech encouraging sustainable transit. The rally was a successful way to raise awareness about transportation options in urban areas.
--Katie Nicolato, Sierra Club Virginia Chapter Intern