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Posted on: May 14, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Safe Walking Summit III

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The Northern Virginia Regional Commission’s Share Virginia Roads bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign is hosting the Safe Walking Summit III on June 10, 2021 from 1:30 to 4 PM.


This virtual event will focus on the vital role of community led efforts in improving walkability, community vibrancy and safety.   Registration is Open:


The safest, most walkable communities are the direct result of community initiatives and leadership.  This year’s safe walking summit focuses on the role of community and two Virginia pedestrian safety leaders: Northern Virginia Families for Safe Streets (NVFSS) and Bike Walk RVA program from Sports Backers. Learn tools and strategies in presentations and interactive sessions. We will learn how community members integrate with local staff to improve safe active transportation.


Geared to local, community, and state staff interested in safe walking and active transportation, the summit features opening presentations from Ralph Buehler, Virginia Tech professor, Mike McGinn, Executive Director of America Walks and former Mayor of Seattle, as well as DMV, Loudoun, Arlington, Alexandria, and Prince William County staff. Learn how the Germans and Dutch models resulted from community demand, other programs in the US, and how Virginia community groups are collecting critical data, engaging communities, and supporting safer conditions as they work with local staff and police. The training will offer tools and direct actions to improve our communities’ walkability and active transportation safety for all.




  • Welcome, International and National examples of Community-led Safety
  • Community initiatives in Virginia
    1. NoVA Families for Safe Streets and Bike Walk RVA Sports Backers
  • Local Government initiatives: engagement with community for safer walking
  • Interactive session on how to engage and build safe walking initiatives
  • Ways to Engage:  Recommendations, Actions and Next Steps


We thank planning partners NVFSS, Sports Backers, America Walks, Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling, Bike Loudoun, Coalition for Smarter Growth, and partner counties and cities.


This summit is funded by a generous DMV Highway Safety Grant to the Northern Virginia Regional Commission for the Share Virginia Roads safety and education campaign sharing the laws and best practices for walking, riding, and driving in Virginia.  Web resources at


Contact Debbie Spiliotopoulos at with any questions.


Registration is limited.

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