Traffic Crash Victims Demand an End to Traffic Violence & Safe Streets for People
November 19, 2023: World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

PHILADELPHIA, PA — On Sunday, November 19 at 1 p.m., families of traffic crash victims and street safety advocates will gather at the Lil’ Safety Village in Hunting Park to commemorate World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims and to call for renewed attention to proven safe design and enforcement to end traffic fatalities

This event is one of hundreds happening across the U.S., which is experiencing a 16-year high in roadway deaths – and the highest number of deaths amongst people walking in 40 years. In Philadelphia, roadway deaths are staggeringly high after the spike in 2020. Per Capita, Philadelphia has one of the highest rates of roadway death in the country with 7.4 deaths per 100,000 people or 3x that of New York City. (VZ23 Report)

WHAT: World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
This annual event is scheduled to honor the people who’ve lost their lives to traffic violence in the Philadelphia area.This year we are hosting the event at Hunting Park in North Philadelphia. Hunting Park is a community hub and also surrounded by roads on the high injury network, the 12% of streets that have 80% of all serious crashes in the city.

WHEN: Sunday, November 19 at 1 p.m.- 3 p.m.

WHERE: Lil’ Safety Village in Hunting Park

Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
Representative Darisha Parker
Representative Danilo Burgos
Representative Donna Bullock
Representative Mary Jo Daley
Aissia Richardson from State Senator Street’s office
Kelley Yemen, Director of Complete Streets in the office of Transportation, Infrastructure, and Sustainability
Families For Safe Streets Members
Rich Montanez, Deputy Director of the Philadelphia Streets Department
Josh Klaris, North 10 Philadelphia

WHY: Traffic deaths are a leading cause of preventable deaths, disproportionately harming people who are walking and biking, people of color and people in low-income communities. In Philadelphia, we are demanding a renewed focus on Vision Zero by the new Mayoral Administration. The Kenney Administration was able to secure over $200 Million in federal grants for road safety projects, it is not time to slow down. We need safer road design, expanded automated speed enforcement, and a commitment from the next administration that the goal of zero traffic fatalities will become a reality in Philadelphia. 

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