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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 Streets9 hours ago
Alexandria could make Seminary Road safe. But so far they are choosing not to.
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets12 hours ago
Alexandria Families For Safe Streets (AFSS), a non-profit organization whose mission is to help make the streets safer for all vulnerable road users - and with a focus on pedestrians - is looking for a mobile app developer who can help elevate the “Near Miss Survey” that is currently on AFSS’ web site (https://www.alxffss.org/near-miss-survey/) into an app that can be activated on any mobile device with one click. Our web site has a Near Miss survey that anyone can access and fill out the various fields which describes the characteristics of a particular dangerous intersection but we lack the ability to have the survey show up as an app on a phone or tablet. We need help in developing APIs to connect such a mobile app “Near Miss survey” to our web site. The data analytics that we develop from the Near Miss information is downloaded from the web site and then shared with our local police as well as Alexandria’s City street engineering staff. Eventually, we would like to build in real time traffic data map regarding where past crashes have occurred so people can be aware that the intersection they are coming up to has had a history of serious injuries or deaths from vehicles crashing into pedestrians. For more information, please contact us at: mike@alxffss.org if you can help. Thank you.
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets2 days ago
Congratulations to our neighbors to the north.
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets2 days ago
Beautiful morning and successful outreach effort by AFSS members to 100+ people at Old Town Farmers Market. Thanks Kelly Izydorczak Gueli and Phil Muse and Brian and Kathy Cantwell for helping staff AFSS’ table and engage with so many people about our street safety educational programs. Among people we had the chance to talk to was Alexandria neighbor John and four ladies visiting Old Town that are from Senegal and Nigeria.

4 hours ago
We are at @AlexandriaVAGov City Hall tonight advocating for a road diet on Seminary Road. We believe all roads in ALX need to be safe for all road users. We have #VisionZeroALX & #CompleteStreets policies, and Environmental and Transportation Plans that require safe streets. https://t.co/m9gllLuQJ6
9 hours ago
Join us in making Seminary Road safe for all road users and tax payers, not just those who travel in two tons of steel. #VisionZeroALX
https://t.co/1f3GwWrzAo
12 hours ago
Alexandria Families for Safe Streets is looking for a mobile app developer who can turn our “Near Miss Survey” into an app that can be activated with a single click. Please follow the link and contact Mike for details on our proposal. https://t.co/K7ajLXsufT https://t.co/a9FVU3ifsS
3 days ago
A fence destroyed presumably by reckless driving on Duke Street at the Masonic Temple in Alexandria. We need #VisionZeroALX now.
If you see evidence of a crash in Alexandria send it to us to post. We need to make our streets safe. https://t.co/Y2gRL5Nr6c
3 days ago
A light pole knocked down presumably by another speeding car. Thankfully it wasn’t a pedestrian on Duke Street near the Masonic Temple. #VisionZeroALX https://t.co/zUUu4q0IOn

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Alexandria Familes for Safe Streets: Working to create safe streets for pedestrians in Alexandria, VA. Giving a voice to those affected by crashes. https://www.alxffss.org/
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