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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 Streets20 hours ago
Thanks #FundMyStreets $50K Grant sponsors Zendrive, Huber, Lyft & others for selecting AFSS and its partners (ACPS, the PTA leaders at LCTA + Jefferson Houston and T&ES) for helping us advance to the “finalists” round in the grant selection process. Stay tune for how our collective communities can help us win the grant to improve street safety around LCTA and Jefferson Houston. @ACPSk12 @LylesCrouch @JeffHoustonPK8 @AlexandriaVATES
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets1 week ago
Police Investigate Fatal Crash at Duke Street and 395

For Immediate Release: December 5, 2018

The Alexandria Police Department is investigating a traffic crash that occurred on Sunday, November 18, 2018, at Duke Street and 395.

At approximately 10:03 p.m., police responded to the area for a pedestrian struck on the ramp from Duke Street to 395 southbound. Initial investigation indicates Nelson Javier Galdamez Reyes, a 52-year-old with no fixed address, was struck by a motor vehicle. The driver of the vehicle stayed at the scene. Mr. Reyes was immediately transported to a local hospital. He succumbed to his injuries on December 4, 2018.

Members of the Criminal Investigations Section and Crash Reconstruction Team are investigating the collision. The investigation is ongoing. Alexandria Police ask that witnesses or people with information regarding this incident contact Detective Ryan Clinch at 703.746.6673.
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets2 weeks ago
“Nearly every crash is preventable and it’s important that we focus on altering the behaviors that threaten the safety of the citizens who use our roads every day,” said Governor Northam.
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets2 weeks ago
Thanks so much Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy for hosting us on Thursday. It was a lot of fun working with the kids and a great opportunity to help make Alexandria’s streets safe for everyone in the city.
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets2 weeks ago
Thank you to all who donated to AFSS on GivingTuesday. It was our first time participating in this event and it is gratifying to receive such strong support among the Alexandria community. THANK YOU to all who donated to AFSS this past Tuesday.

20 hours ago
Transportation must work for everyone, whether in a car, on foot, on a bike or scooter, and that requires a commitment to safety. https://t.co/MuThHvQtHD
1 week ago
Pedestrian crash on November 18 now a fatal crash.

Be safe out there. 🚶🏽‍♀️ 🚶🏽‍♀️ https://t.co/kKeypMb0aq
2 weeks ago
If you've nearly been hit by a car in Alexandria, or seen a near miss, you should fill out our Near Miss Survey. Help us make Alexandria's streets safer for everyone. https://t.co/u4wprdvsgo https://t.co/BJKQsq9Inj
2 weeks ago
“On the streets of early 20th-century America, nothing moved faster than 10 miles per hour.” https://t.co/s3JkKpYz0y