Updated: May 18, 2022
Yesterday, I joined the Washington Area Bicycle Association, Action Committee for Transit, Montgomery County Families for Safe Streets in front of Hillandale Shopping Center, to mourn the loss of Moges Alemnew Webete, age 70, killed crossing the road.
There have been at least 6 pedestrian deaths at this single location. We had to climb a ladder to place the set of ghost shoes for today’s memorial. This is a serious and systemic issue and an ongoing failure.
Say their names:
Moges Alemnew Webete, 70, killed on January 17, 2022 Zoila Cruz de Dominguez, 75, killed on March 11, 2021 Mark Henderson, 66, killed on January 15, 2021 Channea Sreng, 37, killed on June 21, 2018 Jesus Perez, 62, killed on March 14, 2016 Jenet Costa, 43, killed on May 24, 2010
There are two Vision Zero bills in the General Assembly this session that we must see passed: one by Del. Lorig Charkoudian and one by Del. Julie Palakovich Carr. Together, they will help address the lack of appropriate funding, accountability, and engineering priorities around these pedestrian safety issues.
Use our quick email tool to encourage your state representatives to pass these two bills: https://bit.ly/MDVisionZeroBills
We also need significant county-level changes, including passing WABA's Equitable Bikeways proposal. We also much respond much faster to residents’ requests for safety measures like sidewalks, speed bumps, and stop signs on county roads. Our current system, which unnecessarily includes multiple public hearings, leaves requests in limbo for YEARS.
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