Every year our community suffers injuries and deaths due to unsafe driving.
Alexandria Families for Safe Streets advocates policies and real solutions to create safe streets for all users: pedestrians, bikers and drivers.
Vision Zero is a strategy that works to eliminate all traffic fatalities and injuries.

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  • Thursday June 14, 2018

    Thursday June 14, 2018

    Alexandria Families For Safe Streets (AFSS) is holding an event to highlight the risk of pedestrian and cyclist safety. Several AFSS crash survivors and family members who lost loved ones to a car crashing into them when walking in cross …
  • Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 6:30 PM

    Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at 6:30 PM

    Alexandria Families For Safe Streets (AFSS) will be at the Charles Houston Recreation Center on 901 Wythe Street, Alexandria, VA Charles Houston Recreation Center 901 Wythe Street Alexandria, VA...

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Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets

Alexandria Families For Safe Streets (AFSS) brings the community together to create safe streets for all people to walk and bike, by telling the impact stories, increasing political support, and influencing change in policies and investments that eliminate traffic-related fatalities and injuries in our city. Why does Alexandria Families for Safe Streets exist? Alexandria streets are Unsafe - Four pedestrian were struck and killed in 2016 - An average of 72 pedestrians were struck and injured annually (2008 to 2016), and nearly 90 pedestrians were injured in 2016. - Death and injury on our streets are unacceptable and are preventable. There are two factors that lead to tragic, but preventable injuries: • SPEED: Speed is responsible the same number of pedestrian injuries as driving under the influence. Traffic speed is the strongest predictor of whether a person is seriously injured or killed when hit by a car. • FAILURE TO YIELD: Motorists often do not yield to pedestrians, especially when vehicles are turning. A “failure to yield” to people in crosswalks accounts for a significant percentage of crashes into people walking. AFSS’ key message is simple: Our city has committed to safe streets for all people in Alexandria by acknowledging that traffic deaths and serious injuries are unacceptable and preventable. We support our city and its leaders by acknowledging that all people have a right to streets that are safe and accessible for all. We seek to partner with the City of Alexandria and others to Implement Vision Zero Now, i.e. take effective near-term actions that will make a difference and prevent additional people from being killed and maimed. What exactly does AFSS do? • We advocate for the installation of infrastructure improvements that reduce excessive vehicle speed, save lives and improve everyday mobility for all residents and visitors of Alexandria; • We endorse Vision Zero’s four “E’s” – Engineering, Education, Enforcement and Evaluation; • We strongly encourage and seek to partner with the City of Alexandria for an expeditious implementation of a Vision Zero plan in Alexandria; and, • We tell the real-life stories of crash survivors that illustrate why a Vision Zero policy is important to creating a safer, more accessible, and more inviting community for our residents and visitors.
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets4 days ago
Yesterday AFSS held a safety event at Francis C. Hammond Middle School on Seminary Road to call attention to the need for safer streets in Alexandria. We are grateful for the support of Police Department, and Transportation & Environmental Services, of Alexandria for their commitment to safe streets. Watch the NBC4 video for details of our efforts.
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets is at Francis C. Hammond Middle School.5 days ago
Five AFSS crash survivors and an AFSS member whose father was killed by a traffic violating driver came together on Seminary Road in front of the Francis Hammond Middle School to draw attention that the month of June is one of the highest pedestrian and cyclists crash months in Alexandria. As AFSS members stood on the side walk cars were recorded traveling at 40+ mph in a 25 mph zone in front of the school. One pedestrian out of ten is killed when crashed into by cars traveling at 20 mph. Nine out of ten pedestrians are killed when cars crash into them at 40 mph. Speed Kills!

Thanks to Alexandria Police Department, and Transportation & Environmental Services, for coming out and supporting our safety event.
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Group Raising Awareness About Safe Streets in Alexandria
In Alexandria, there's a push to promote safer streets to help protect pedestrians and bicyclists. Transportation Reporter Adam Tuss has one family's story.
nbcwashington.com
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets added 2 new photos.1 week ago
All that remains of another traffic crash in Alexandria. This one at the intersection of Duke St. and Quaker Lane. We can only hope the only injury was to the two pedestrians on the yellow caution sign. Whether walking, biking or driving, please be safe out there.
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Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets shared Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee's post.2 weeks ago

3 days ago
Pedestrian deaths have jumped 46% since reaching their lowest point in 2009, as pedestrian crashes have become both deadlier & more frequent.The increase has been in urban & suburban areas, at nonintersections, on arterials & in the dark, new study shows.
https://t.co/DKsLxijfjC https://t.co/dSbtHQ4wDF
4 days ago
Thanks to @AlexandriaVATES and @AlexandriaVAPD for joining our safe streets event at @FCHammond @ACPSk12. Wont you join us in making all of Alexandria’s streets safe for all of our citizens and visitors. https://t.co/4n52mAFTgG https://t.co/v0kNqnNcil
3 weeks ago
Where could #AlexandriaVA use safety improvements like these? Paint, planters and flexible posts are all cheap and easy #safety solutions. #VisionZero #CompleteStreets https://t.co/OcEadEtPVQ
1 month ago
A moving video on the tragic consequences of texting and driving. Don’t do it. https://t.co/QFU2T6ORcQ https://t.co/Jqucmm5dI4