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Friday, April 25, 2014

Forum focuses on pedestrian safety

Pedestrians crossing Route 50 at Patrick Henry Drive in Seven Corners.
By Tammy Barbee

About 50 people came to a community forum April 22 at Bailey’s Elementary School to learn more about a huge safety problem in Mason District—accidents involving pedestrians.

Officer Michael Greene of the Mason Police District said there have been four pedestrian-related traffic accidents so far in 2014. That compares to 22 in 2013, 44 in 2012, and 27 in 2011.

The most troublesome spots for pedestrians in Mason District are Route 236 at Backlick Road in Annandale, Route 236 at Beauregard Street in Lincolnia, Columbia Pike at Lacy Boulevard in Baileys Crossroads, and the overpass at Route 50 and Route 7 in Seven Corners.

Most pedestrians are at risk when wearing dark clothing at night, jaywalking, intoxicated, or have a physical handicap, Greene said. Pedestrian accidents are the fifth leading cause of injury-related death in the United States for children and teens ages 5 to 19.

The forum was presented by the Fairfax County Department of Neighborhood and Community Services in partnership with the Annandale Roundtable, Korean American Association of Virginia, Legal Aid Justice Center, and Virginia Coalition of Latino Organizations.


  1. "and the overpass at Route 50 and Route 7 in Seven Corners."

    HOW in the world can the OVERPASS be a "troblesom e spot" for pedestrians? Are the vehicles jumping up onto the 4 million dollar most wasteful expenditure structure in Mason District and injuring the homeless drunks lying in their fecal matter? Than you Penny Gross for that ignorant build.

  2. No, this is the proposal for another pedestrian bridge. It's for the children.