Last week, a cyclist stood up and described a scene where while she was riding her bicycle, a driver cut a corner too tight and smashed into her. As she described how she suffered severe back and neck injuries, a group of police officers, friends, spectators and local leaders in our D.C. community stood around her to show their support.
The event, which took place at the Silver Spring Transit Center, was called to discuss how to reduce the number of bicycle and pedestrian accidents to zero. The plan to make D.C. streets safer involves “the three E’s”: engineering, education and enforcement.
The event was an opportunity to launch the education aspect of the region’s Street Smart Campaign. The campaign’s goals are to change driver and pedestrian behaviors and, as a result, reduce the number of cyclist and pedestrian deaths by doing the following:
The Street Smart Campaign was established in 2002 and is supported by organizations like the District of Columbia’s District Department of Transportation, the Virginia Highway Safety Office, Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and more.
A study showed in 2014, more than 4,000 pedestrians and more than 7000 cyclists were killed in accidents across the nation. Approximately 65,000 pedestrians were injured in accidents. Last year, 69 pedestrians and three cyclists lost their lives in the Washington area. Due to the frighteningly high number of accidents, the Street Smart Campaign gave the following tips:
Hopefully, with these tips and the ongoing media campaigns from Street Smart, the area will see a drop in the number of pedestrian and cyclist accidents in the region.
Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis & Lightfoot, L.L.P. is a personal injury law firm that helps victims who have been injured in a car accident in Washington, D.C., Greenbelt, Maryland and Fairfax, Virginia.