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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
As we mark World Day of Remembrance on Sunday November 17 let’s remember the victims of road violence in Alexandria and around the world.
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Surveillance Video Shows SUV Hitting Alexandria Pedestrian in Crosswalk
Northern Virginia Bureau Chief Julie Carey talked with friends and family of Rose Cruz, who died after being struck by a vehicle along Mt. Vernon Avenue and West Glebe Road
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Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
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Distracted driving is an epidemic in Virginia. Last year 126 people were killed on our roads. Please don’t text and drive. Please vote for safe roads. #VisionZeroALX
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
AFSS was busy last week promoting safe streets around Virginia and Washington DC. We were happy to attend the kick off meeting of our sister organization DC Families for Safe Streets on Wednesday. They are bringing the FSS model to DC. In DC we also attended the StreetSmarts campaign. In Alexandria we were at the Del Ray Farmers' Market and Old Town Farmers' Market,. We also worked with students at Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy, Ferdinand T. Day Elementary School and John Adams Elementary School on street safety for student walkers and bikers. We continue to push #VisionZeroALX making our streets safe for everyone on the road. Please reach out to us if you want to join us in spreading the word.
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
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Thank You Mayor Justin Wilson for continuing to support #VisionZeroALX. And thank you to our friends and neighbors for pointing out the high risk intersections around the city. Working together with city staff, residents and partner organizations we can make Alexandria safer for everyone on the road.
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
“We are in the midst of a safety crisis in this country.” ... The safety of people walking, biking, or in a wheelchair has not been a factor in designing our roads.” ... “People do want to have alternatives to cars,” but often our streets aren’t designed to safely accommodate anything other than cars.


The World Day of Remembrance to honor victims of road violence is November 17. Please see details of our #WDoR2019 Walk of Silence and pictures from our 2018 event below. #VisionZeroALX https://t.co/eFDp4WYiPt

Wow we had a busy week promoting #VisionZeroALX & #SRTS in Alexandria and DC Thanks to our friends at ⁦ @LylesCrouch⁩ ⁦ @JohnAdamsElem⁩ ⁦ @OldTownFarmMkt⁩ ⁦ @DelRayFarmMkt⁩ and more. See our Facebook post for details. https://t.co/dvxBXunaos

We support Vision Zero in Alexandria because safe streets are accessible streets, and people of all ages, abilities, and genders should be able to walk and bike safely throughout the city. #VisionZeroALX https://t.co/QQEXhyaz7U

“We are in the midst of a safety crisis in this country.” ... The safety of people walking, biking, or in a wheelchair has not been a factor in designing our roads.” ... often our streets aren’t designed to safely accommodate anything other than cars. https://t.co/FT36ITaMia

Kids Who Get Driven Everywhere Don't Know Where They're Going https://t.co/k2HT4oaKdw