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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
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!


When DRIVING at night, avoid distractions that may make you lose focus. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. https://t.co/EhHWpgPqdJ
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shareVAroads @shareVAroads
When walking at night, avoid distractions that may make you lose focus. Be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Download our Pocket Guide for more pedestrian safety tips: https://t.co/C6CnuiNWdk https://t.co/BqqbTw9a5e

We are looking forward to this lively discussion with @TomFlood1 on changing the safe streets discussion from victim blaming towards the human-centered transportation system. https://t.co/Zpv40bzFUQ

The troubling tie between bigger cars and pedestrian deaths by @e_jaffe https://t.co/iG4VyJIiJo

“From the Roman ‘viae publicae’ to the king’s roads of medieval England, Western public roads operated around a common premise: that every person has the right to travel unimpeded, with equal priority.” https://t.co/9O5m5NjWkE

We join with the @AlexandriaVAPD in calling on all motorists to keep our police officers safe. When you are behind the wheel, SLOW DOWN, pay attention, obey the law. Lives depend on it. #VisionZeroALX #SpeedKills https://t.co/R6yO5r0qGT
Alexandria Police @AlexandriaVAPD
Public Service Announcement:: We recently have had two officers struck by inattentive motorists, so we are asking all who visit, work, and live in Alexandria to take a moment to understand Virginia's 'Move Over' law and ensure you are following it. https://t.co/0CC3AjbIzj

We appreciate the support of Senators @TimKaine and @MarkWarner in bringing us to #ZeroTrafficDeaths and #VisionZero. https://t.co/zjntcIqLiY
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Vision Zero Network @Visionzeronet
Today!: 2 NEW supporters of #ZeroTrafficDeaths Congressional Resolution: Senator @timkaineKaine (VA) & @SenTinaSmith (MN), mtg pictured below. Thx @alxsafestreets @Fam4SafeStreets @RoadToZeroUS @itcouldbeme & so many volunteers mtg w/ their Federal reps: https://t.co/OWiOEDIkOS https://t.co/BeSXto1pNL