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.
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Alexandria Families For Safe Streets (AFSS) organized a rally in Old Town Alexandria on Sunday November 18 to commemorate the World Day of Remembrance for Pedestrian and Cyclist Traffic Victims. Over 50 supporters marched on King Street and then gathered in Market Square to hear from various city officials and individuals personally impacted by preventable crashes. AFSS was encouraged to hear from Alexandria’s Police Chief Mike Brown, Vice-Mayor and Mayor-Elect Justin Wilson, and the Director Transportation and Environmental Services Yon Lambert, each of whom addressed what the City of Alexandria is doing to ensure our streets are safer for all. They praised AFSS for accomplishing so much in such a short period of time and challenged us to continue to grow and expand saying that next year they hope we have hundreds of participants to join us and fill Market Square. Delegate Mark Levine urged all of us to do our part in being safe and to spread the word while he tries to make changes in Richmond to the State’s traffic laws.
The trauma caused by crashes was articulated by Helaina Roisman from the George Washington University Medical Trauma Center where they have treated over 600 pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicle drivers or passengers in the past year after crashes. The injuries are life altering and it impacts the victim, their families, workplaces and neighborhoods. Founder of AFSS, Mike Doyle, shared his crash survival story and Deyhim Behzadi shared with the crowd how her father was killed and her mother severely injured after being crashed into by an SUV in their Alexandria neighborhood. Jeremy Grandstaff, another AFSS crash survivor called upon our local and state policyholders to take specific action regarding providing adequate funding to expeditiously implement the City’s Vision Zero plan as well as the State traffic regulations be strengthened.
We encourage all of you to talk to others about Alexandria Families for Safe Streets and Lives Depend on You. Let’s all slow down when we are behind the wheel, give room to cyclists and yield to pedestrians in cross walks. Together we can make our streets safe for all.