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 traffic crashes. The walk will begin at 2 pm and will be followed by a brief ceremony to:
- Call attention to the issue of traffic fatalities and injuries;
- Elevate the voices of those who have been most impacted by traffic crashes; and
- Promote the Vision Zero goal of zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries in Alexandria.
AFSS members who have been personally impacted by traffic violence will be joined at the event by members of City Council, Police Chief Michael Brown, Transportation & Environmental Services staff, members of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, and other concerned residents.
AFSS’s goal is to bring the Alexandria community together to create streets that are safe for people of all ages, abilities, and modes of travel by:
- Sharing impact stories to increase public awareness and understanding;
- Educating people driving, walking, and biking on safe behavior; and
- Educating public policymakers and advocating for measures to make our streets safer.