This Sunday, November 17, is International World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. This annual event commemorates the millions of people killed and injured in traffic crashes around the world.
Around the world road traffic crashes are a major cause of death among all age groups and the leading cause of death for children and young adults aged 5–29 years. More than half of all road traffic deaths are among vulnerable road users: pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists.
FABB members and anyone else interested in safety for cyclists and pedestrians are invited to join Alexandria Families For Safe Streets (AFSS) for a walk of silence to honor those who have been impacted by traffic crashes.
The walk starts at 1:00 pm at W. Glebe Road and Mt. Vernon Avenue and then proceeds to the Casa Chirilagua Center. It will be followed by a brief ceremony to call attention to the issue of traffic fatalities and injuries inflicted on pedestrians and other vulnerable road users. It also seeks to elevate the voices of those who have been most impacted by traffic crashes, advocate for traffic regulations that will lead to safer streets on our roads, and promote the Vision Zero goal of zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries in Alexandria and Arlington.
AFSS members who have been personally impacted by traffic violence will be joined at the event by the Mayor of Alexandria, Chair of Arlington County’s Board, members of Alexandria’s City Council, State Legislators, Alexandria’s Chief of Police, Alexandria’s Transportation & Environmental Services Department, Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committee members and other concerned residents of both Alexandria and Arlington.
You can find more details on the walk here.