NVCC, Annandale Campus: Change Policies that Endanger Safety of Your Students and Our Neighborhood
  • Petitioned Dr. Robert G. Templin, Jr

This petition was delivered to:

President, Northern Virginia Community College
Dr. Robert G. Templin, Jr
Provost, Annandale Campus, NVCC
Barbara Saperstone
VA Senator, District 37
David Marsden
VA Senator, District 34
Chap Petersen
VA Delegate, District 39
Vivian Watts
Braddock District Supervisor
John Cook
Chair, NVCC Board of Directors
David Miller

NVCC, Annandale Campus: Change Policies that Endanger Safety of Your Students and Our Neighborhood

    1. Petition by

      Mike Perel

      Annandale, VA

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January 2014

Victory

Mike Perel: The community college has set up a Parking Task Force Committee to identify and propose solutions to the student parking problem

The Safety Problem: Dangerous road conditions have been created by the policies of the Annandale Campus of the Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC). These policies cause their students to park their cars on our residential roads and increase the traffic, especially during the morning rush hours. Some residents have been burdened by the need to set up residential parking districts. Although this has stopped students from parking in those neighborhoods, the unintended consequence is that students are now parking on different streets: on Wakefield Chapel Road and its side streets, as well as on the residential streets North of Little River Turnpike. These policies are endangering the safety of the students and residents alike. Students are walking in the street, crossing streets without looking while distracted by their cell phones, opening car doors in traffic, making U turns in front of oncoming traffic, speeding, and one was even observed skateboarding on the road to their vehicle. Their parked cars are blocking the line of sight of residents trying to exit their driveways and side streets. The high student traffic volume in the morning rush hours generated by the increasing enrollment and the concentration of class times on four week days, makes it very difficult and unsafe for residents to exit their driveways and side streets onto Wakefield Chapel Road.

The Causes of the Problem: These problems are not caused by unavailable parking on campus. Students park on neighborhood public roads because NVCC charges students $95/quarter to park on campus. NVCC keeps increasing its enrollment, which brings increased traffic to the residential area around the campus.  NVCC does not spread out class times, but concentrates them Monday thru Thursday with many early morning classes. The result of these policies is increased parking off campus and increased traffic on our residential streets.

The Solutions:  Parking charges must be included in mandatory fees, including possible credits for mass transit use or discounts for taking single classes;  Enrollment must be capped; class schedules must be distributed evenly throughout the week. These policy changes would eliminate student parking on our neighborhood roads and spread out the traffic so that there is not as much traffic during the morning rush hour.  NVCC must find creative and feasible ways to implement these policies for the sake of student safety and the safety and quality of life in our neighborhood.

 

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Who should sign petition

      Mike Perel
      Petition Organizer

      Please do not sign this petition unless you live in the Fairfax VA neighborhood impacted by the parking policy. Thanks

    3. Reached 125 signatures
    4. link to petition sent to Community College

      Mike Perel
      Petition Organizer

      I should have mentioned that the link to the petition was sent to the Community College officials and elected representatives along with the letter signed by the neighborhood association presidents.

    5. Civic Association Presidents sign letter to the Community College

      Mike Perel
      Petition Organizer

      Six presidents of homeowners civic associations located in the Wakefield Chapel Road area signed a letter urging the College to take responsibility for the safety and traffic problems their policies are causing and eliminate the student parking fee. The letter pointed out that a number of other Virginia community colleges do not have a separate student parking fee. here is link to see the letter:
      http://ge.tt/5GOisFZ/v/0 (no downloads are needed to view it)

    6. Reached 50 signatures
    7. Delivery of Petitions

      Mike Perel
      Petition Organizer

      Instead of having this website automatically inundate the In Box of the targets of the petition each time someone signs it, I will forward the petition link to them after the petition receives sufficient signers.

    8. Decision-maker Barbara Saperstone responds:

      Barbara Saperstone

      Thank you for your thoughtful, well-articulated letter. On behalf of all of us at the college who have received this message, I want to assure you that the college has heard and is taking serious note of your concerns and similar concern...


    9. Reached 10 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • pakendee pa VA, VA
      • 7 months ago

      I support this petition. Nova students are driving very fast in the residential areas. They moved my trash bin away so that they can park their cars here. NVCC should be responsible for the student safety and it should be their first priority. Please reduce your student parking fees and protect our community. Thanks

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    • pakendee pa VA, VA
      • 7 months ago

      Nova Student parking

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    • Thanh Chau ANNANDALE, VA
      • 7 months ago

      I am worrying about NOVA student safety. I have seen many NOVA students after parking; they trash dumped from their cars onto our neighbor resident streets. They have hit our cars front and back.

      At one time, they have attempted to park on the parking space on my residential. This is becoming the biggest concern/issue in our community. Please help us help you. Thank you.

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    • Richard Schenk ANNANDALE, VA
      • 7 months ago

      The petition says it all. I'm one of the impacted residents.

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    • Selome Mersha ANNANDALE, VA
      • 7 months ago

      Safety of my family & not finding residents parking after working all day,

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