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Alexandria’s Chief of Police, Mike Brown, and three of his Lieutenants join an AFSS meeting in working towards joint efforts of encouraging behavioral change of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to foster an environment of safety on Alexandria’s streets. AFSS is also working with Alexandria’s Police Department (APD) to provide more transparency in pedestrian crash record keeping as well as ways to improve crash data collection and analysis. We welcome the opportunity to partner with APD in trying to reduce the risk of traffic crashes on our citizens.

The City of Alexandria is asking for citizen input to make our streets safer. This short survey focuses on seven streets that will be repaved in 2018-2019. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. You can complete the survey for each of the seven streets listed. We ask you to tell the city that we demand safe streets for all of us.

Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets shared a link.

Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets shared a link.

New Vision Zero Open Sidewalk Policy: Prioritizing Pedestrians During Construction

As a Vision Zero city, Alexandria is committed to eliminating traffic-related deaths and serious injuries by 2028 by promoting safety in our transportation system. Vision Zero recognizes that safe choices should also be convenient. Construction detours that force pedestrians to cross the street increase the likelihood that they will travel in a way that increases their risk of death or serious injury.

To make walking a more convenient and safe choice, the City has set new requirements that pedestrian access be maintained during construction without diverting pedestrians across streets or from their original route. These requirements call for contractors to provide protected pedestrian access adjacent to construction sites, such as a temporary sidewalk or overhead protection, rather than closing a sidewalk and directing pedestrians across the street. Specific details about these new requirements can be found in Memo to Industry 04-18.

These requirements were recommended in the Vision Zero Action Plan (Item 2B.5). For more information about Vision Zero and related action items, please visit alexandriava.gov/visionzero.

Across the nation and in Canada, chapters of Families for Safe Streets are forming. They are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, and other family members and friends who are stepping up to say Enough is Enough of the grief and suffering. They are Vision Zero advocates who never asked for this responsibility, but who are channeling their loss into action with the aim of preventing others from suffering the way they have.

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Excerpts taken from GHSA’s Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities Report by State - 2017 Preliminary Data
Dated February 28, 2018

GHSA estimates the number of pedestrians killed in motor vehicle crashes nationwide in 2017 was 5,984, a decrease of one half of one percent — essentially unchanged from 2016. Because both 2015 and 2016 saw large increases in pedestrian fatalities, the continuation of pedestrian fatalities at virtually the same pace in 2017 raises continued concerns about the nation’s alarming pedestrian death toll.

Darkness poses an especially high-risk for those traveling by foot. On a national basis, about half of the pedestrian fatalities in 2016 occurred between 6:00 p.m. and midnight, with 75 percent occurring after dark.

The total number of pedestrian fatalities for the ten largest U.S. cities increased by about 28 percent, from 551 fatalities in 2015 to 704 in 2016.

WHAT STATES ARE DOING
● Targeted law enforcement efforts
● Public information campaigns
● Educational outreach in high-risk areas
● Data analysis
● Identifying high-risk zones
● Pedestrian safety assessments/road safety audits
● Adoption of Complete Streets policies, which direct transportation planners and engineers to routinely design and operate the entire right of way to enable safe access for all users, regardless of age, ability, or mode of transportation.
● Engineering countermeasures, including some that target high-risk pedestrian crossing intersections and corridors
● Inclusion of pedestrian safety action items in Strategic Highway Safety Plans (SHSPs)

According to the report, States that have legalized recreational Marijuana had a 16.4% increase in Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities in the first six months of 2017 versus the first six months of 2016.

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