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
How does Alexandria set speed limits on our roads? Are we using an outdated 1930s city planning rule? Watch this video and decide. #VisionZeroALX
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
The National Safety Council (NSC) says deaths from motor vehicles rose 8% last year, with as many as 42,060 people dying in vehicle crashes. Why? Speeding, distracted driving, impaired driving.
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
School is back ... and so are children walking and biking to school.
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
AMAZING REMINDER!

It’s a beautiful day out and many people are out and about, some are out jogging with their pets and walking with their families.

Please make FULL stops and be aware before making turns, some streets block visibility, pull up to the corner slowly and check for pedestrians.
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Students are heading back into our school buildings today! Several parents and students have asked, "CAN we walk or bike to school?" The answer is, "YES!" In fact, with limited bus capacity, we encourage you to walk, bike, and roll to campus!


Buttigieg sends $5B to cities for safety. The money will provide a direct infusion of federal cash to communities that pledge to promote safety for the multiple users of a roadway, particularly pedestrians and bicyclists, as well as motorists.
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Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey and make Mount Vernon Avenue safer for people. https://t.co/FoYNnh7QvW https://t.co/kBAr9LK7Mj alxsafestreets photo

Please @AlexandriaVAGov? @justindotnet @j_chapman99 @CanekForCouncil @AmyJacksonVA @Alyia4ALX @SarahforALX @KirkMcPike https://t.co/DLLlcnGMy6
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Philip @miatkowski
And just like that, speeding drops as soon as Albany allows NYC to turn on its life-saving speed safety cameras.

🟩 = Lowest % of vehicles speeding
🟥 = Highest % of vehicles speeding
🔲 = Black outline indicates speed safety camera hours https://t.co/yqcwOdpNk4 https://t.co/5mFxWqAS2O

Making streets safe for everyone takes many forms. 🚶‍♂️ 🚶🏾‍♀️ 🚶 🚶🏾‍♀️ 🚶 🚶‍♂️ 🚶🏾‍♀️ 🚶 🚶🏾‍♀️ https://t.co/iAPWtK9YqP
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BikeLawyerDC @BikeLawyerDC
@dcwater⁩ The storm drain at the intersection of Kentucky and C has still not been cleared. Here’s a picture of a pedestrian walking into the street to avoid the flood https://t.co/7GgjRfKxrJ

A big THANK YOU to all who donated to our "Shine the Light" fundraiser. We exceeded our $7,000 in total contributions by $1000! We are grateful for such a broad and meaningful level of community support. You helped us make Alexandria streets safer for everyone. #VisionZeroALX https://t.co/9Y9qbmA63j alxsafestreets photo

The more things change, the more things stay the same.
Please obey the posted speed limit to make our roads safe for everyone. https://t.co/T4SXGvk48G
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