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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
Thanks T&ES for installing temporary curb extensions even tho they are not as attractive as permanent. School starts soon and kid safe preempts aesthetics. When will they be reinstalled? In time for school is a must.#alexandriavates
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
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In Orwellian fashion, Americans have been stripped of the right to walk, challenging their humanity, freedom and health
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Virginia’s traffic laws are even more driver friendly. Case in point, a driver in Alexandria failed to yield to an elderly man and his wife who were in the middle of a cross walk. The driver killed the husband and severely injured the wife. The driver’s penalty was the maximum under current state regulations. Namely, a $250 fine for failure to yield! No points against the driver’s license, no jail time or even threat of jail time. Why such an imbalance when a driver’s failure to yield results in severe injury or death to pedestrians (or all vulnerable road users)?

From The New York Times:

Cyclist Deaths in New York City: Accident or Crime?

The horrific death of a cyclist has intensified debate over whether drivers are being treated too leniently.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/21/nyregion/bike-deaths-nyc.html
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
Alexandria’s Families for Safe Streets
We want to thank our volunteers, Judy, Brian, Kathy, Theron (baby), Melissa, and Julia for their amazing support on the National Night Out Event! If you would like to get involved, check out the link below!
https://www.alxffss.org/get-involved/
#NationalNightOUT #safestreets #Volunteers
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Thanks T&ES for installing temporary curb extensions even tho they are not as attractive as permanent. School starts soon and kid safe preempts aesthetics. In time for school is a must. When will they be reinstalled? #AlexandriaVATES @justindotnet @ElizabethForALX @DelPepper

Keep up the effort. Street safety for all road users is a major priority #VisionZero https://t.co/9pLEgq40AZ

Concerning New York horrific ped deaths. Virginia’s traffic laws are even more driver friendly. Case in point, a driver in Alexandria failed to yield to an elderly man and his wife who were in the middle of a cross walk. Driver killed the husband and severely injured wife.

We want to thank our volunteers, Judy, Brian, Kathy, Theron (baby), Melissa, and Julia for their amazing support on the National Night Out Event! If you would like to get involved, check out the link below!
https://t.co/doKZ4DwpBM
#NationalNightOUT #safestreets #Volunteers https://t.co/d7ZrKAqh2d