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Press Release: Families For Safe Streets to Remember All Traffic Victims, Rally for State Legislation on Sunday

Families for Safe Streets Greater Philadelphia, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the City of Philadelphia and advocates for safer streets will gather on the North Apron of City Hall on November 17th to participate in the international World Day of Remembrance for victims of traffic violence.

This is an international event, and Philadelphia’s first time partaking.

Scheduled to take place from 2pm-4pm, the event will include Philadelphia officials and community leaders. While there, we will call upon the Pennsylvania Legislature to pass House Bill 792, which would make it easier for cities and towns across the Commonwealth to install pedestrian plazas and parking-protected bike lanes—tools which are proven to make streets safer.

The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year, around the world. It is intended to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families, friends and many others who are also affected.

It is also a day on which we thank the emergency services and reflect on the tremendous burden and cost of this daily continuing disaster to families, communities, and countries, and on ways to halt it.

This special Remembrance Day is intended to respond to the great need of road crash victims for public recognition of their loss and suffering. It has also become an important tool for governments and those who work to prevent crashes or respond to the aftermath since it offers the opportunity to demonstrate the enormous scale and impact of road deaths and injuries and the urgent need for action.

When: November 17, 2019

Where: City Hall, North Apron (1400 John F Kennedy Blvd)

Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Confirmed Speakers: Managing Director Brian Abernathy, Bishop Gregory G.M. Ingram, Councilman Mark Squilla, State Sen. Larry Farnese

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Topics: Biking in Philly, Vision Zero

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