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Share VA Roads Virginia Law and Safety Tips for Pedestrians, Bicyclists, and Motorists.

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When exploring the outdoors by bike, remember to practice social distancing guidelines and cycling safety practices to e...
11/06/2020

When exploring the outdoors by bike, remember to practice social distancing guidelines and cycling safety practices to ensure everyone's safety.
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The annual amount of car crashes in Northern Virginia has gone down since 2018. In order to keep this number going down,...
11/05/2020

The annual amount of car crashes in Northern Virginia has gone down since 2018. In order to keep this number going down, everyone must share the responsibility of sharing the road and staying safe. Take our pledge today. https://bit.ly/2XtkDcP

Keep #trickortreat safe for the kids (and the adults!).Pass on this lifesaving message: #BuzzedDriving Is Drunk Driving.
10/31/2020

Keep #trickortreat safe for the kids (and the adults!).
Pass on this lifesaving message: #BuzzedDriving Is Drunk Driving.

These are the number of crashes that involved persons not wearing their seatbelt. This data is from the 2020 quarantine ...
10/30/2020

These are the number of crashes that involved persons not wearing their seatbelt. This data is from the 2020 quarantine period compared to the same time in 2019. You always need to wear a seatbelt in the car regardless if you are a driver or a passenger. Download our pocket guide for more information. https://bit.ly/2Skis8u

We can all make a difference in this community. Become an advocate for driving safe. Go onto our website and download ou...
10/28/2020

We can all make a difference in this community. Become an advocate for driving safe. Go onto our website and download our pocket guide for best practices on staying safe on the road. https://bit.ly/2Skis8u

When riding a bike, ride no more than two side by side. Take the pledge to keep VA roads safe today. Visit our website h...
10/26/2020

When riding a bike, ride no more than two side by side. Take the pledge to keep VA roads safe today. Visit our website here ==> https://bit.ly/2XtkDcP

Crossing the street mid-block is unsafe, resulting in the most car-pedestrian crashes, so always cross at intersections....
10/23/2020

Crossing the street mid-block is unsafe, resulting in the most car-pedestrian crashes, so always cross at intersections. Learn more on our website. https://bit.ly/2KODdVC

Take a look at the speed related crashes for Northern Virginia's quarantine period compared to the same time period in 2...
10/22/2020

Take a look at the speed related crashes for Northern Virginia's quarantine period compared to the same time period in 2019. While a decrease in crashes are due to more people staying off the roads we can always have the goal of zero. Download our pocket guide for more information. https://bit.ly/2Skis8u

Riding a bike is a great way to get outside and be active. But it is also very important that everyone knows how to stay...
10/19/2020

Riding a bike is a great way to get outside and be active. But it is also very important that everyone knows how to stay safe when on their bikes. Download our pocket guide for best practices. Let's all be safe together. https://bit.ly/2Skis8u

Safety starts at the bus stop. Teach your child where to wait for the bus: at least three giant steps (six feet) away fr...
10/17/2020

Safety starts at the bus stop. Teach your child where to wait for the bus: at least three giant steps (six feet) away from the curb. Remind your child to be aware of the road as they wait for the bus.

Take a look at the car crash data for Northern Virginia's quarantine period compared to the same time period in 2019. Wh...
10/15/2020

Take a look at the car crash data for Northern Virginia's quarantine period compared to the same time period in 2019. While a decrease in car crashes are due to more people staying off the roads we can always have the goal of zero. Download our pocket guide for more information. https://bit.ly/2Skis8u

Do not drive aggressively or call out to pedestrians or cyclists. Take the pledge and help make VA roads safe for everyo...
10/14/2020

Do not drive aggressively or call out to pedestrians or cyclists. Take the pledge and help make VA roads safe for everyone. https://bit.ly/2XtkDcP

There are many ways to be distracted at the wheel. Texting, eating, or messing around on the radio. These actions may se...
10/12/2020

There are many ways to be distracted at the wheel. Texting, eating, or messing around on the radio. These actions may seem harmless but they can lead to disastrous results.

Has distracted driving ever affected you? Tell us about it in the comments below. 👇

Near Misses - We’ve all had or witnessed heart stopping events while driving, walking, or cycling. Families for Safer St...
10/09/2020

Near Misses - We’ve all had or witnessed heart stopping events while driving, walking, or cycling. Families for Safer Streets and Share VA Roads collect near miss data which AFSS shares with local staff and police in Alexandria and Arlington. Fill out our form here and please share with others to spread awareness and improve road safety for all. https://bit.ly/32K5yFj

Since we are all pedestrians at some point, we all need to make sure we are practicing good pedestrian behavior. Downloa...
10/07/2020

Since we are all pedestrians at some point, we all need to make sure we are practicing good pedestrian behavior. Download our simple pocket guide for your next family conversation. https://bit.ly/2Skis8u

In 2019, in Northern Virginia, there were 6,365 car crashes with 35 fatalities due to speed related crashes. Crashes lik...
10/06/2020

In 2019, in Northern Virginia, there were 6,365 car crashes with 35 fatalities due to speed related crashes. Crashes like these can be prevented. It is up to everyone to be safe and responsible on the road. Take the pledge on our website and let’s all share the road. https://bit.ly/2XtkDcP

Distracted driving is one of the fastest-growing safety issues on the roads today. If you drive distracted, you are not ...
10/05/2020

Distracted driving is one of the fastest-growing safety issues on the roads today. If you drive distracted, you are not just a danger to yourself, but everyone on the road. Everyone should focus on ways to change their driving behavior through public awareness and education. Read more guidelines on our website and #takethepledge. https://bit.ly/307nSWM

At some point in the day, everyone is a pedestrian, and unfortunately pedestrian fatalities remain high. Find out how to...
10/03/2020

At some point in the day, everyone is a pedestrian, and unfortunately pedestrian fatalities remain high. Find out how to protect yourself and your loved ones when walking, and learn how you can help us prevent pedestrian injuries and deaths. https://bit.ly/307nSWM #NationalPedestrianSafetyMonth

October is National Pedestrian Safety month. Pedestrian safety is crucial to know for both pedestrians and motor vehicle...
10/01/2020

October is National Pedestrian Safety month. Pedestrian safety is crucial to know for both pedestrians and motor vehicle operators. Whether it be in a parking lot, crosswalk, or on a road, everyone is a pedestrian at some point in the day. Review our website for actionable tips and guidance on how to safety share the road - with everyone. https://bit.ly/3b3wAd9

Ride defensively by anticipating the actions of other road users and watching for road hazards. It is up to everyone to ...
09/30/2020

Ride defensively by anticipating the actions of other road users and watching for road hazards. It is up to everyone to keep safe on the road. Go to our website to learn more. https://bit.ly/2KODdVC

Always walk on the edge or shoulder and face traffic. Together we can all keep VA roads safe. Take the pledge to keep ev...
09/28/2020

Always walk on the edge or shoulder and face traffic. Together we can all keep VA roads safe. Take the pledge to keep everyone safe ==> https://bit.ly/2XtkDcP

In 2019, in Northern Virginia, there were 1,515 car crashes with 32 fatalities due to alcohol related causes. Crashes li...
09/27/2020

In 2019, in Northern Virginia, there were 1,515 car crashes with 32 fatalities due to alcohol related causes. Crashes like these can be prevented. It is up to everyone to be safe and responsible on the road. Take the pledge on our website. https://bit.ly/2XtkDcP

There are new initiatives and laws to protect pedestrians to make our roadways safer for all. One of them being the Pede...
09/25/2020

There are new initiatives and laws to protect pedestrians to make our roadways safer for all.
One of them being the Pedestrian Crosswalk Law, aka pedestrians have the right of way.

Previous legislation required drivers to simply yield to people walking in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. Now, drivers in all lanes must come to a complete stop – even if the person is crossing from the opposite side of the street or if there’s a median. In addition, other cars behind the one stopped must not pass.

Remember, it is up to you to follow these laws and keep the roads safe. https://bit.ly/307nSWM

Have you ever been a witness to a near miss? We are collecting this information in Alexandria and Arlington to identify ...
09/24/2020

Have you ever been a witness to a near miss? We are collecting this information in Alexandria and Arlington to identify data that does not show up in traditional sources. This information can help improve road safety and changes in the city. Fill out our form here ⇒ https://bit.ly/32K5yFj

Our website is a great resource for bike safety. Download the pocket guide for best practices on cycling safe on the roa...
09/23/2020

Our website is a great resource for bike safety. Download the pocket guide for best practices on cycling safe on the road. https://bit.ly/2Skis8u

The 2021 Virginia Walkability Action Institute (VWAI) interest webinar is this Thursday. Consider signing up if you have...
09/22/2020

The 2021 Virginia Walkability Action Institute (VWAI) interest webinar is this Thursday. Consider signing up if you have an interest in participating in this competitive application. https://bit.ly/2FwPQpg

Motorists should look LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT-STRAIGHT for cyclists and pedestrians. It is everyone's responsibility to share th...
09/21/2020

Motorists should look LEFT-RIGHT-LEFT-STRAIGHT for cyclists and pedestrians. It is everyone's responsibility to share the road. Learn how on our website. https://bit.ly/2KODdVC

In partnership with Alexandria and Northern Virginia Families for Safe Streets, Share Virginia Roads has rolled out a ne...
09/20/2020

In partnership with Alexandria and Northern Virginia Families for Safe Streets, Share Virginia Roads has rolled out a near miss reporting system on the sharevaroads.org website to share and map near miss information. That data is mapped by NVRC and used by AFSS to share with local staff and police.

If you have witnessed, or been involved in a near-miss, please fill out our form so we can add it to our data. Visit our website to learn more. https://bit.ly/32K5yFj

While bicyclists should ride in the direction of traffic, pedestrians should walk against traffic if on the road. Learn ...
09/18/2020

While bicyclists should ride in the direction of traffic, pedestrians should walk against traffic if on the road. Learn the rules of the road on our website. https://bit.ly/2KODdVC

Interested in helping Virginia develop plans for improving walkability and active transportation in our communities? Joi...
09/17/2020

Interested in helping Virginia develop plans for improving walkability and active transportation in our communities? Join us for the 2021 Virginia Walkability Action Institute (VWAI) interest webinar. Selected teams will join our statewide efforts to increase walking and walkability in order to decrease obesity and chronic disease burden as we strive to make Virginia the healthiest state in the nation! https://bit.ly/2FwPQpg

Call our or ring a bell when passing others on a path or sidewalk. Letting people know you are there is courteous and ke...
09/16/2020

Call our or ring a bell when passing others on a path or sidewalk. Letting people know you are there is courteous and keeps everyone safe. Take the pledge and help us keep VA roads safe for all! https://bit.ly/2XtkDcP

There are new initiatives and laws to protect pedestrians to make our roadways safer for all. One of them being Virginia...
09/14/2020

There are new initiatives and laws to protect pedestrians to make our roadways safer for all.
One of them being Virginia “Hand-held” Law, aka don't look at your phone while driving!

This law bans cell phone use while driving in the state of Virginia. This means you cannot have your phone in your hand while operating a motor vehicle: No texting, no talking on the phone (unless you’re on speakerphone and are chatting hands-free), and no scrolling, reading, or web surfing.

Remember, it is up to you to follow these laws and keep the roads safe. https://bit.ly/3b3wAd9

September is a great time to start exploring the outdoors by foot or bike - just remember to practice social distancing ...
09/11/2020

September is a great time to start exploring the outdoors by foot or bike - just remember to practice social distancing guidelines and cycling / pedestrian laws to ensure everyone's safety. https://bit.ly/2Skis8u

Before biking, you should regularly inspect your bicycle or take it to a bike shop for inspection. To see a list of what...
09/09/2020

Before biking, you should regularly inspect your bicycle or take it to a bike shop for inspection. To see a list of what should be checked regularly, go to our website. https://bit.ly/2KODdVC

As a driver, you need yield to pedestrians and cyclists in intersections or in the street. ✋🏼 To learn more about our sa...
09/08/2020

As a driver, you need yield to pedestrians and cyclists in intersections or in the street. ✋🏼 To learn more about our safety tips, visit our website and download our pocket guide. https://bit.ly/2Skis8u

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Share Virginia Roads is a part of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission’s (NVRC) Share Virginia Roads campaign, a grant funded bicycle and pedestrian safety project funded by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles Highway Safety Office using federal highway safety grant funds. NVRC has managed this project since 2006. The 2020 grant, FPS 2020-50132-20132, includes a safety pocket guide, outreach efforts, safety instructor training, social media safety campaign, website, and K-12 curricula development. Visit our website to learn more and to take the pledge to keep Virginia roads safe! https://sharevaroads.org/about-us/

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I understand. "Share the Road" = "Walk into moving traffic without looking" There is a reason why most cities do not tell pedestrians to walk into moving traffic. Being the area that encourages bad decisions is not a reason for pride.