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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 Streets
With traffic deaths rising DC moves closer to Vision Zero program.
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
A poignant letter from a friend at DC FSS who lost her mother in a senseless crash. In DC, in Alexandria, in Arlington, in Northern Virginia we need government leadership to stand up for us and our streets. There is no other way. #VisionZero #VisionZeroALX #CompleteStreets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
AFSS is pleased to announce the completion of a Alexandria City wide audit of “Uncontrolled Crosswalks” (where a crosswalk does not have a traffic light nor a stop sign). Our team of 14 AFSS and BPAC volunteers spent 200+ hours identifying and then conducting field audits on over 450 “Uncontrolled Crosswalk” in the City of Alexandria. Special accolades go to Melissa McMahon, AFSS Board member, for managing this project. Her skills and time deserves special recognition because she managed the work schedules of all of the volunteers and then created a data base of very useful information for the City to prioritize the Crosswalks that need safety improvements. AFSS also appreciates the guidance of Christine Mayeur, the Completes Streets Program Manager at T&ES, in working with AFSS on this project as well as designing a mobile app for our volunteers to use as they conducted Crosswalk audits in the field. Our project volunteers were:
Jeff & Tess Pool, Sarah Hashimi, Carolyn Griglione, Brian & Kathy Shankman, Melissa McMahon, Judd Isbell, Marietta Gelfort, Phil Muse, John Bennett, Oscar Gonzalez, Mike Doyle, Jim Durham, Casey Kane, Randy Cole.

A big thanks to all who helped with this project. The real winners of this effort will be to see, over time, safety improvements made on Alexandria’s streets. #VisionZeroALX #CompleteStreets #AlexandriaVA
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
With the pandemic we know more kids are traveling and playing in our streets than we’ve seen in years.
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
September is Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Month in Virginia. Please slow down, phone down and watch for our most vulnerable road users. https://twitter.com/DRIVESMARTVA/status/1027215185222803456/video/1
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
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With traffic deaths rising DC moves closer to a Vision Zero program.
https://t.co/i8wg6hQ9bS

As the number of SUVs and pickup trucks on our roads has increased so has the number of pedestrian & bicyclist deaths and injuries. https://t.co/nT7cPd3sFA

This summer fourteen AFSS volunteers completed an audit of over 450 “Uncontrolled Crosswalks” in Alexandria. The information will be used by the city to prioritize intersections in need of safety improvements. #VisionZeroALX #CompleteStreets #VisionZero https://t.co/zQ5VwsUDkT alxsafestreets photo

September is Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Month in Virginia. Please slow down, phone down and watch for our most vulnerable road users. #VisionZeroALX https://t.co/747CIjMW9Q