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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
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Thank you Scott Surovell for leading the charge on road safety in Virginia. We are happy to stand with in making our roads safe for everyone.
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a motorist just outside the Beltway during Thursday evening rush hour. Please be safe out there.
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
“When many stakeholders—government, locals, organizations—work together with a shared vision of zero deaths and heavy injuries, it gives results over time.”
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle tonight on Yoakum Parkway. Please be safe out there. #VisionZeroALX #VisionZero #CompleteStreets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
“The vast, overwhelming majority of people who die on our streets are killed by drivers of cars.”


“Virginia Tech took a look at the dangers of distracted driving and found that eight out of ten crashed involved a distracted driver.” — FULL STOP! https://t.co/eo6L6TY6af

Alexandria pedestrian struck on Yoakum Parkway, in serious condition. Please be safe out there. #VisionZeroALX #VisionZero #CompleteStreets #AlexandriaVA https://t.co/aXn3CqUpsa

Virginia has another chance to make its roads safer for vulnerable road users. Let’s hope our legislators can come together and make it happen. https://t.co/hxmTW9d2mk

Hidden dangers ahead: How states keep accident-prone roads secret https://t.co/mqq2bIG8ds