An important part of BikeWalkKC’s work is to shed light on the toll that traffic violence takes on vulnerable road users and to help ensure they are not forgotten. Whether it be for Anthony Saluto, Ezrayel Hill, or the countless others, we want the public to see that failing to build a transportation network for everyone has real consequences.
Unfortunately, we’re not alone. Across the nation, and around the world, individuals, families, and organizations are working together to share their stories and convince leaders that traffic violence is an issue that should matter to all of us
According to preliminary data from the National Safety Council, an estimated 18,300 people died on our nation’s roads in the first six months of 2020 alone. That death toll was accommodated by an estimated cost of over $200 billion.
BikeWalkKC invites you to join us in Kansas City’s participation in the 2020 World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDOR). WDOR is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year “to remember the many millions killed and injured on the world’s roads, together with their families, friends and many others who are also affected.” Further, observers use the occasion to “thank the emergency services and reflect on the tremendous burden and cost of this daily continuing disaster to families, communities, and countries, and on ways to solve it.”
Originally created and first observed by the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims, the day and its importance as a means of remembrance has spread across the world. 2020 is a milestone year for WDOR, as it will mark the 15th anniversary of its official adoption by the United Nations.
While this occasion is intended to remember who has been lost, we must also use this as a chance to identify what can be gained by dedicating ourselves to the idea of streets for everyone. There are several things you can do, including:
Support Active Transportation Policy and Projects: There is likely work being done already to improve the built environment that could use your help. Click here to learn more about what’s happening in your area.
Join a Local Advisory Committee: Beyond immediate priorities, volunteers also help to guide communities towards building safer streets. Check out these opportunities to serve.
Share your Story: If you’re willing to tell others about what you’ve experienced, please consider sharing your story with us.
Organize your own event on WDOR: BikeWalkKC can help.
Be on the lookout for more content for World Day of Remembrance and mark your calendars for November 15.