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Aug 20

Virtual Safe Walking Summit A Success - Debbie Spiliotopoulos

Posted on August 20, 2020 at 9:01 AM by Bob Lazaro

Walkability Summit SlideThe Northern Virginia Regional Commission, with America Walks, hosted a virtual safe walking summit on August 19 for 86 attendees, showcasing data and multi sector initiatives to reduce crashes and increase community safety and health in Virginia.

Presenters included Virginia Departments of Transportation, Motor Vehicles, and Health, and Arlington County, Fairfax County, City of Fairfax, Prince William County, AARP, and Inova Trauma Services.

Panels presented new initiatives and approaches to reduce incidents, engage communities, evaluate crashes through the lens of public health, and make safe walking and transit more equitable across communities.

The event ended with conference calls among smaller groups to solve how better to engage communities, what training materials would support efforts, and using community based information such as walk audits and SRTS projects.

NVRC will produce a resource list, video recording, and Q&A from the summit to be posted on the NVRC and Share VA Roads web sites.

This project was funded by a federal highway safety grant from Virginia DMV.