City Leaders Honor World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims: Calls for support and action for safer streets
Thursday, November 16, a group gathered in front of a memorial display located on the 100 block of State Street to hold a press conference in honor of those who have lost their lives on Madison’s streets in the past 5 years.
Leading up to the World Day of Remembrance on Sun, November 19, Satya Rhodes-Conway, Madison Mayor, opened with recognition of the people whose lives have been lost and the mothers, fathers, children, siblings and friends impacted by these losses. Mayor Rhodes-Conway asked people to remember all of the people we have lost while we move forward to implement Vision Zero and meet our goals. She called upon everyone to support the crucial changes that are needed to make our streets safer for everyone.
“This is a chance — as advocates, survivors, friends and family who have lost loved ones, and all people working to make our streets safe — to join forces, amplify our work and to elevate our support of safe mobility for all.” –Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway
Members of the Vision Zero Stakeholder Task Force joined Mayor Rhodes-Conway in support of streets safe for people and called upon others to join them in supporting safer streets and remembering that everyone uses roadways differently.
“About 35 to 40 % of Dane County residents are non-drivers, so creating safe streets for all is very vital”—Denise Jess, Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired.
- Denise Jess, Wisconsin Council of the Blind & Visually Impaired
- Martha Cranley, AARP Wisconsin, and
- Robbie Webber, Madison Bikes.
The display, honoring the 68 lives lost on Madison's streets in the past 5 years, will remain up through the official World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on Sunday, November 19th.