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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
We are happy to see HB1903 pass, bringing lower speed limits and safer streets to Virginia. We encourage Transportation & Environmental Services, to use this capability to make our streets safer and move the city to #VisionZero #VisionZeroALX.
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
We are happy to be recognized by ACT for Alexandria for making a difference for people in the city.
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
We are happy to see important new safety legislation passed in Richmond making Virginia roads safer for bicyclists and look forward to more safe roads opportunities next year. Now off to the Governor for signing.
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
“Traffic fatalities increased nationally and in the Washington region last year despite a significant drop in travel because of the coronavirus pandemic.�Excessive speeding was cited as a leading contributor to the carnage.”
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
We can all recognize a road that feels like it’s meant for fast or slow travel, but what are the actual design elements that create this environment?


Want your opinion heard on #CompleteStreets in Alexandria? Here’s your chance to help make our streets safer for everyone. What would improve safety? Lower speed limit? Better crosswalks? Bike lanes? Speed bump? Change the traffic light timing? Help us achieve #VisionZeroALX https://t.co/QCY8gO9qLU
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Have you provided feedback on potential safety improvements that can be integrated during repaving of parts of Braddock Rd, Montrose Ave, and Richenbacher Ave? The deadline to provide feedback is this Fri. Feb. 26.

Visit https://t.co/k2xQs1oZEe to learn more & provide feedback. https://t.co/yV3LILESLN

Thank You @DelBetsyCarr for sponsoring the bill and all the legislators in Richmond who supported #HB1903. You have made Virginia roads safer for everyone. #VisionZero https://t.co/PHFZcwagqH

“Traffic fatalities increased nationally and in the Washington region last year despite a significant drop in travel because of the coronavirus pandemic.” #VisionZero #VisionZeroALX #SpeedKills
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