PHILADELPHIA – Sunday, November 21, 2021 marks World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2021 (WDoR 2021). The City will join community partners and the Vision Zero Task Force in honoring victims of traffic crashes and their families in the Philadelphia region as well as those who have been seriously injured due to traffic-related crashes. “No one should have to grieve the loss of a loved one as a result of a traffic crash. I want to thank the families of traffic victims for their strength in sharing their stories,” said Mayor Jim Kenney. “These are people who all had families, many had children they left behind, or in some cases these were children themselves. Let us take this moment to reflect back on the lives lost while renewing our commitment to ending traffic fatalities through comprehensive and equitable road design, strategies, and policies.” 156 Philadelphians were killed in traffic crashes in 2020, an almost 80 percent increase in traffic deaths on our city’s streets compared to previous years. World Day of Remembrance PHL 2021: Families for Safe Streets Greater Philadelphia will host World Day of Remembrance PHL 2021 to advocate for an end to traffic violence. This event will begin at the Cobbs Creek Recreation Center. This demonstration will start at 11:00 a.m. and will involve a half-mile walk, bike, and any other modes of active transportation down to the Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center where they will have City officials, guest speakers, and families who have been affected by this issue, address Vision Zero PHL initiatives and share their stories about their loved one(s). Boathouse Row Illuminated: Boathouse row will illuminate the city orange in memory of Philadelphia’s road traffic victims and their families on Sunday, November 21. Additional Resources
About Vision Zero: On November 7, 2016, Mayor Jim Kenney signed an Executive Order to create the Vision Zero Task Force. Vision Zero is a strategy to eliminate all traffic-related deaths and severe injuries, while increasing safety, health, and mobility for all. Philadelphia is committed to reducing traffic-related deaths to zero by 2030. To learn more, visit VisionZeroPHL.com.