Fairfax Connector Holds Pedestrian Safety Week


November 14, 2016

In conjunction with MWCOG’s 2016 Street Smart Public Education Campaign, Fairfax Connector staff will be conducting a week-long series of pop-up events at transit hub locations throughout Fairfax County. Each day, staff will visit a different location to hand out special Fairfax Connector reflector lights, engage riders on the topic of safe pedestrian behavior, and promote increased awareness for the issue. Common talking points will include using sidewalks and crosswalks whenever possible, limiting the use of electronic devices and headphones, and wearing bright clothing or reflectors for increased visibility.

Scheduled events include:

  • Monday, Nov. 14, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Reston Town center Transit Center
  • Tuesday, Nov. 15, 4:45-7:30 p.m., Lorton VRE Station
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Huntington Metro
  • Thursday, Nov. 17, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Wiehle-Reston East Metro
  • Friday, Nov. 18, 6-8 a.m., Franconia-Springfield Metro

Staff will be distributing special light-up reflector keychains to help increase pedestrian visibility. The reflectors also have a flashlight that can be used to alert bus operators to stop at night.

Through the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), Fairfax County supports the Street Smart campaign. The launch was held earlier this month to coincide with the end of daylight savings time, when it becomes darker earlier in the day and more hazardous for pedestrians and bicyclists. The Fairfax County Police Department released a list of 11 dangerous intersections, and public service announcements, bus ads and other promotions by COG aim to raise awareness of everyone involved.

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