The Mayor of Alexandria, Justin Wilson, and the Chair of Arlington County Board, Christian Dorsey, were joined by Alexandria Chief of Police, Mike Brown, as well as the husband and daughters of Rosemarie Cruz in support of the message that there is a health crisis in our communities caused from traffic violence being inflicted on pedestrians and other vulnerable road users. Rosemarie Cruz, the mother of a ten and eleven-year-old daughters, who was killed in the Arlandria area by a distracted driver while crossing Mt. Vernon Ave with the crosswalk sign in her favor on Dec 4, 2016. Additional families who lost loved ones to

Local residents and local officials came out for this weekend for a march in Arlandria to remember those killed in traffic. The march was hosted on Sunday, Nov. 17, by Alexandria Families for Safe Streets to honor World Remembrance Day, an international memorial event dedicated to raising awareness of traffic violence. The husband and daughters of Rosemarie Cruz, who was killed in an Arlandria crosswalk in 2016, marched in the crowd with over 100 residents of Alexandria and Arlington, according to a press release. Photos and video of the event show marchers in the street around the intersection of West Glebe Road and Mount Vernon

The Alexandria, Virginia, city council has passed a measure to reduce Seminary Road from four lanes to just two, with the remaining space accommodating more turn lanes and room for bicyclists. The year-long study which led to the decision was capped off Saturday with another six hours of testimony and debate as the city pondered whether it was time for the road to be slimmed down. The study was so extensive, Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson called it “draining.” Support for keeping Seminary Road at its full four lanes came from many residents and civic associations along Alexandria’s west end, concerned that slower-moving traffic will result

On Tuesday, July 16th, AFSS celebrated its second anniversary, with 55 guests in attendance to make for a fun (albeit hot) evening. Among our guests were State Senator Adam Ebbin, Mayor Justin Wilson, Councilman Mo Seifeldein, Councilwoman Del Pepper, Police Chief Mike Brown, and the Superintendent of Alexandria City Public Schools Dr. Gregory Hutchings plus AFSS Board Members and many of our friends.     During this event, AFSS touched on both what it has accomplished in the past year and what it plans on accomplishing in the coming year. AFSS’s accomplishments include: Public outreach to over 1,500 citizens in our community through farmers’ markets, civic associations meeting and events like the World Day of Remembrance march, Educating over 2,000 students at

AFSS memebers attended Governor Northam’s March 26, 2019 announcement of signing a “Hands Free” driving bill at Market Square in Alexandria.  AFSS members gladly accepted an invitation from Governor Northam’s office to attend the announcemnt ceremony.  We were pleased to join the Street Smart organization and lend our support for the hands free bill as we work to make Alexandria’s roads safe for everyone. Thank you Governor Northam!  

George Washington University Graduate School of Sustainable Urban Planning, GW University Hospital and AFSS co-hosted a “Real Time Near Miss Data App” Roundtable meeting on Jan 18th at the Milken Institute in D.C.             We had 45 participants from several transportation data analytics companies, urban planning organizations as well as Transportation Department professionals from DOT, District Department of Transportation , Montgomery County, Arlington County, Transportation & Environmental Services, City of Alexandria, and Loudoun County Government . Corporate supporters included Mapbox , Esri, Smart Growth America, DC Bike Council and Populus. The meeting engendered vibrant panel discussions and many constructive recommendations

        THANK YOU to those of you who came out yesterday to commemorate the World Day of Remembrance for Pedestrian and Cyclist Traffic Victims. After our crowd of over 50 supporters marched on King Street, we gathered in Market Square and heard from various city officials and individuals personally impacted by preventable crashes. Read below for more details of the event. To help AFSS with our outreach, education and advocacy efforts please make a donation so we can continue this work and forward this email to 3 friends you think would be interested in learning more about our mission. Alexandria Families For

Traffic crashes kill or seriously injure an average of 37 people per year in the City of Alexandria. This is not just a number. These people are parents, grandparents, husbands, wives, children, friends, and neighbors. International World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is an annual event to remember the millions of people killed and injured in traffic crashes around the world. On Sunday, November 18, 2018, please join the members of Alexandria Families for Safe Streets (AFSS) for a walk of silence from the beginning of King Street near the Potomac to Market Square to honor those who have been impacted by

Six AFSS volunteers helped students walk safely to school at Ferdinand T Day elementary school on the first day of school. We handed out hand fans to the children which encourages the “Project Wave” practice of Stop, Look, Wave at drivers before crossing intersections at Stop Signs. People from ACPS and TE&S Vision Zero also helped the students with Safe Streets practices. Thanks all

Dear AFSS Members and Friends: Thanks for your support over the last year! The month of August marks our first full year of existence and we thought it might be interesting to briefly recall what AFSS has accomplished in the past twelve months as well as share with you AFSS’ future plans. Year 1 Our First Meeting was only 5 motivated people who got together to advocate that the City of Alexandria instill a sense of urgency in implementing a Vision Zero plan. AFSS has had an Impact! Nov 2017, leveraging social media and over 1,300 signatures, AFSS urged the City Council to deliver a detailed plan, funding