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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 Streets2 days ago
This announcement from the City today is an important win for the people of Alexandria. Together we are making our streets safer for all of us. Thank You to all who have given their time and effort to contact City Staff and tell them we want safe streets.

*** New ‘No Turn on Red’ Restrictions to be installed as part of Vision Zero initiative***

Starting late Fall 2018, Transportation & Environmental Services, staff will install new ‘No Turn on Red’ restrictions as part of the implementation of the City’s Vision Zero Initiative to improve safety on our streets As part of the Vision Zero Action Plan, City staff analyzed crash data, industry best practices and research, public input, and formed an interdepartmental collaboration team to develop a set of Year 1 Engineering Priorities. These engineering priorities are intended to improve safety for all modes of travel, focusing on increasing safety for vulnerable road users (e.g. people walking and biking, children, and seniors). One of these Year 1 Engineering Priorities is to install ‘No Turn on Red’ restrictions at 10 intersections to improve safety for people walking and driving.

Crash data was analyzed for 2011-2016 during the Vision Zero Action Plan process. The data showed that during this time, 445 people walking were involved in crashes with one in seven of these crashes resulting in death or serious injury to the person. Turning-movement crashes were found to be among the most common crash types in Alexandria.

T&ES staff will be implementing a portion of these new restrictions over the coming months. During implementation, T&ES Staff advises residents and visitors to stay alert to the potential new traffic patterns at the following locations:

Primary Street Onto

King Street Henry Street
Gibbon Route 1
King Street Patrick Street
Mill Road Eisenhower Ave
N Jordan Duke Street
N Patrick King Street
N Pickett Duke Street
Prince Street N Henry Street
Prince Street N Patrick
Reading N Beauregard
S Jordan Duke Street
S Quaker Duke Street
S Walker Duke Street
Park Center Dr King Street
S 28th St King Street
Southern Towers Seminary
Cambridge Duke Street
Roth Duke Street
Metro Road Eisenhower Ave
Route 1 Slaters
Cameron Station Duke Street
Gibbon S Washington
King Street N Washington Street
Queen Street N Henry Street
S Peyton King Street
Edsall Whiting
N Quaker Fern
Whiting Edsall Road
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets3 days ago
Please join us for the WDR march on Sunday November 18 ======================

On Sunday, November 18, 2018, please join AFSS members for a walk of silence in commemoration of the International World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR).

The walk will start on King Street near the Potomac river up to Market Square to honor those who have been impacted by traffic crashes. AFSS members and friends should gather at 1:45 pm at the foot of King Street. The walk will begin at 2 pm and followed by a brief ceremony in Market Square. Local and State politicians will be attending the event. This is our chance to demonstrate that street safety for all road users is an important element of the quality of life in our community.

Please help us send a strong message on Sunday!

For more information about this event, please contact Mike Doyle at (703) 946-8401 or mike@alxffss.org.

To learn more about Alexandria Families For Safe Streets or to get involved, please visit www.alxffss.org.

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Allen Irwin
Allen Irwin4 days ago
Has there been any analysis of the impact from the speed limit reduction on Jeff Davis Highway from Potomac Ave to Arlington? I know the road layout isn't directly analogous to others in the city but I'd think favorable findings could be used to advocate for other speed limit reductions.
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets1 week ago
I had the privilege to be with Amy Cohen, the Founder of NYC’s Families For Safe Streets (FSS) chapter, during the Vision Zero Cities conference in NYC recently. Amy and many other FSS chapter members from cities around the country gathered at the VZ Cities conference to share stories and discuss strategies to advance safe street practices in all of our respective communities. Amy as well as many other FSS members from the West Coast to the East Cost and Cities in between were parents who lost their children to traffic violence. Their strength and determination to improve the safety for all road users going forward is something truly inspiring. AFSS will be holding a march next Sunday, Nov 18th in Old Town. Please consider joining our march at 2 pm from the river to Market Square and send a message to our elected officials that future traffic violence on pedestrians and cyclist is unacceptable.