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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
Please join us for the World Day of Remembrance For Road Traffic Victims (WDR) on November 17th, 2019 from 1-2 pm.

A short walk will take place from the corner of West Glebe Road (LoanMax parking lot) & Mt Vernon Ave, west on Mt. Vernon to the Casa Chirilagua center in Alexandria, VA.

The walk is to honor and call attention to the lives lost and seriously injured pedestrians and cyclists involved in traffic crashes from vehicles.

Join the Arlandria / Alexandria / Arlington communities to honor these lives and support their families, friends and our community that have been affected by these crashes. Help us call attention to the need for safer streets in Alexandria & Arlington. Life is not a car part!
#safestreets #Visionzero #WDoR2019 #roadsafety #roadvictims
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Letters to the Editor in response to the NYT Opinion pice we posted on October 4.
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets shared a link.
As Anne Hidalgo declares war on the car, drivers rage at the disruptions, but supporters credit her with preparing Paris for a hotter future.
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
“The adoption of Autonomous Vehicles on a grand scale is not inevitable, and their predicted benefits — greater safety, less traffic, fewer regulations — have not yet been proven.”
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
“Cars are death machines. Pedestrian fatalities in the United States have increased 41 percent since 2008; more than 6,000 pedestrians were killed in 2018 alone. More than 4,000 American kids are killed in car crashes every year.”


The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year – to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads.
JOIN US!

#safestreets #Visionzero #WDoR2019 #roadsafety #roadvictims @WDRemembrance https://t.co/WfQIgor7ym

Hoboken NJ prioritized visibility over parking at city intersections to help prevent traffic deaths and injuries. #VisionZeroALX #CompleteStreets #VisionZero https://t.co/ECcI9zIarp

“Pedestrian detection technologies use a variety of “eyes”—cameras, radar, and other sensors—to allow cars to “see” what’s happening on the roads around them.” https://t.co/deFMxuH58j

Join us in supporting Walk to School Day in #AlexandriaVA. Watch for our most vulnerable road users walking & biking to and from school. We depend on all drivers to keep our roads safe for everyone. #VisionZeroALX https://t.co/O8Yc6lmZrp
ACPS Safe Routes to School @ACPS_SRTS
Walk to School Day is this Wednesday, October 2nd! Walkers get SRTS sunglasses (they passed the “cool” test with my fourth grader!) or an “I Walked to School Today!” sticker. ⁦ @ACPSk12⁩ ⁦ @alxsafestreets⁩ ⁦ @AlexandriaBPAC⁩ ⁦ @BarrettElem#acpswalks https://t.co/lCv1S2bZga