|Little River Turnpike at John Marr Drive in Annandale.|
Have you almost been hit by a car when walking or cycling?
Now you can report those “near misses” and help make your streets safer.
Developed with support from Virginia Tech Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning program, NoVA FSS is collecting, analyzing, and sharing the data with police and relevant transportation agency staff to advocate for and help inform decisions to:
- Improve road infrastructure;
- Increase police vigilance at specific locations;
- Develop better traffic safety regulations; and
- Strive to accomplish the Vision Zero goal of zero traffic fatalities and serious injuries in Fairfax County, Alexandria, and Arlington.
“People experience too many close calls on our streets – times when they were nearly in a crash or saw dangerous conditions on our streets that could lead to crashes in the future,” says NoVa FSS founder Mike Doyle.
“Collecting and sharing these experiences gives us an opportunity to identify dangerous street safety patterns before crashes occur and help us to alert the relevant authorities so such dangerous conditions can be addressed,” Doyle says.
|The data visualization available on the Near Miss Survey website highlights some of the hot spots in Annandale.|
Overwhelmingly, 57 percent of the reported incidents occur when drivers fail to yield to people in a crosswalk. This was tragically illustrated on June 4, when a 24-year-old cyclist, Fatima Del Carmen Alvarez Romero, was struck by a car and killed in a crosswalk in the Huntington neighborhood.
In addition, speeding and stop-sign running contribute to nearly 50 percent of the reported near-miss incidents. Time of day is a significant factor, as well, with over 50 percent of the incidents occurring during the afternoon rush hour and spiking between 5 and 6 p.m.
With more submissions by more people, we will be able to tell a more complete story to decision-makers who can make our streets safer.
Northern Virginia Families for Safe Streets is an advocacy organization that has the goal to create streets that are safe for walkers and cyclists. We do this by educating our communities and public policymakers and by working on programs and activities to make our streets safer.
To learn more about the survey, watch this short video.
Please share the survey link on your neighborhood listservs and social media and with your school and community groups.
Phil Kemelor is a member of Northern Virginia Families for Safe Streets.