From Alexandria to San Antonio to Los Angeles, people across the nation stood in solidarity on Sunday, November 19th to consider the fact that an average 100 people die each day on our nation's streets in preventable crashes and to say "Enough is enough."
On the annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims, more U.S. communities than ever joined the international community to organize events to draw attention to the goal of Vision Zero -- safe mobility for all people by eliminating traffic deaths and severe injuries.
Recognizing that traffic crashes kill 40,000 people a year in the U.S. and 1.2 million worldwide -- though receive scant attention compared to other public health crises affecting comparable numbers of people, such as the opioid epidemic or gun violence -- loved ones of those lost, elected leaders, and community members joined together to demand change. From the steps of City Hall in San Francisco to the State Capitol in Boston, advocates for prioritizing safety over speed raised their voices from coast to coast.
We commend the many community members -- including Families for Safe Streets -- and city leaders across the country who stepped forward to elevate the importance of this preventable health crisis. We urge leaders now to take the stories shared on World Day of Remembrance -- the tragic stories of mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, and children behind the shocking statistics -- and channel these losses into action toward the goal of Vision Zero, safe mobility for all. (Read more on specific strategies to manage speed for safety here and to move from vision to action here.)
And we hope you’ll be inspired by the many activities and voices participating in this year’s World Day of Remembrance (#WDR2017/#WD0R2017), some of which are shared here:
And HUGE thanks to Alvin Lester, co-founder of SF Bay Area Families For Safe Streets, for sharing his story & fighting for community safety. pic.twitter.com/KMuCGWuqSI— OakDOT (@OakDOT) October 10, 2017
Today as we remember the #3500 lives lost on the world’s roads every day, we reaffirm our commitment to #VisionZero, and seek action for casualty reduction for all road users, especially those most vulnerable. pic.twitter.com/21dB8EIzlk— TowardZeroFoundation (@TowardsZeroFdn) November 19, 2017
#WDoR2017 - families and friends who have lost loved ones on the road - we are all grieving, we are at different stages with our grief but we all suffer, we have the same pain and loss but today we give eachother comfort - Remembering all those we have lost on our roads ♥️ pic.twitter.com/riHyPgv7hQ— Meghann Scully (@Meghann_Scully) November 19, 2017
More than 65 people joined us today for the first #WDoR2017 event in #SanJose. Thank you to the families who have lost loved ones, to SFBA Families for Safe Streets, to Asm. @Ash_Kalra, and to city staff for their support.#WalkSJ #SpeedKills pic.twitter.com/o0vko5YWkJ— CaliforniaWalks (@CaliforniaWalks) November 20, 2017
“Tell your legislators that safe streets are important to you. Go to your community meetings and say bump outs and safe bike lanes are more important than a parking spot.” #WDR2017 pic.twitter.com/192590dkIx— WalkBoston (@WalkBoston) November 19, 2017
Today is World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. ITE is committed to achieve ZERO traffic fatalities. #WDRemembrance #VisionZero #WDR2017 https://t.co/5OEDuoBpSL @slavrenz pic.twitter.com/ObwfH1j344— ITE - Community of Transportation Professionals (@ITEhq) November 19, 2017
Today is #WDoR2017, a day where we #ridetogether to bring #VisionZero closer to reality. I stand with @NYC_SafeStreets, @TransAlt, and all New Yorkers focused on this effort. pic.twitter.com/EBHVa5frU6— Eric Adams (@BKBoroHall) November 19, 2017