If you spend time on the road, either walking, biking or using some other mode of micro-mobility, you’ve probably had a close call with a motor vehicle. If you haven’t you’re lucky, but you almost certainly know someone who has. The reality is too often these close calls go beyond a near miss to something much worse. Far too often that means fatalities.
Over 42,000 people died in traffic crashes in 2020 in the United States, and the first six months of 2021 saw an increase of 16 percent. That makes honoring World Day of Remembrance for Traffic Victims on November 21 even more important than ever.
World Day of Remembrance for Traffic Victims has been going on since 2005 to remember the more than one million people who are killed in traffic crashes each year around the world, and to work for change to limit these deaths.
Honor the day by looking for events at your local or state level that urge lawmakers to make legislative changes to reduce the number of deaths. Many communities will also hold candlelight vigils, remembrance rides, rallies, and sermons for safe streets. This year’s organizers are also calling for a commitment from President Biden and the U.S. Congress to Zero Traffic Deaths as public support for a resolution calling for a national Vision Zero goal and plan gains popularity.
In the U.S., Families for Safe Streets and the Vision Zero network are leading the charge to honor the World Day of Remembrance in combination with local and state advocates for street safety.
Look for opportunities in your area to show your support, or participate in an online event. Talk to your friends and post online to show others that you care about our streets and making them safer for all. Learn more, and find an event, here.