10/19/2019 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM EDT
Traffic Violence has changed our lives. Let's fix the system.
More than 37,000 people were killed in traffic-related crashes in 2018. And in 2017. And in 2016. We're seeing the biggest fatal numbers in a decade in the US. In Virginia, over 800 people have died in crashes in 2017 and 2018, the effects of over 130,000 crashes which also produced over 66,000 injuries. Pedestrian fatalities are up 10% in 2018, the last full year of data.
What's lost in these big numbers is the impact felt on the individual people, their families, their workplaces after each one of these crashes. Crushing emotional trauma, financial stress, loss of work or productivity. We know what it's like.
We can never get back what we've lost. But we can work together to change this dangerous system for others in the future. Families for Safe Streets was first formed in New York City as an informal group of victims and survivors of traffic violence who banded together to seek big policy changes. They've been so successful that the NYC Commissioner of Transportation called them the most effective advocacy force in the city. As they continue to work independently and in partnership with Transportation Alternatives (NYC's bike/ped/transit advocacy organization), they have allowed the expansion of Families for Safe Streets to other communities throughout the country.
We are poised to start a chapter in the Richmond region, offering support, building community, carving out hope, and working for change. Please join us for our initial meeting to begin the process of starting this chapter if you have suffered the drastic effects of traffic violence. We want to help, and we need your help.
Date: October 19, 2019
Time: 9:00am - 2:00pm, tentative
Location: TBA, in the Richmond Region
Format: Introductions, listening sessions, formation of initial objectives and strategies, next steps (including regular meeting dates)
Light breakfast and lunch provided (please let us know if you have food preferences we can accommodate)