Near-miss collisions between pedestrians and cars are spiking throughout the area as D.C. reopens, leading to a new push from activists for action from city leaders.
Why it matters: Everyday danger for pedestrians has increased as our area has become more livable and walkable — and more of our activities have moved outside.
By the numbers: Alexandria Families For Safe Streets, which uses crowd-sourced data to track the area's most accident-prone intersections, tracked an increase of 300 near-miss pedestrian incidents from June to now.
- Arlington, Reston, and Alexandria are some of the most dangerous areas for pedestrians, according to the group's data.
- Maryland also reported an increase in driver, pedestrian, and cyclist fatalities from 2019 to 2020.
- Dangerous intersection data from the District's DOT shows that 12 pedestrians have died in traffic accidents this year.
The latest: A driver struck and killed a 5 year old who was riding her bike in Northeast on Sept. 13.
- Washington Post columnist Theresa Vargas compiled reactions to the incident, including video of cars blowing through the stop sign in front of her memorial.
- In response, the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and two other organizations sent a letter to Mayor Muriel Bowser and other city officials demanding they use funding to prioritize pedestrian and bicyclist safety.
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