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Regional cyclist advocacy group launches new crash tracker and reporting tool

Crash at 4600 block of Seminary Road (staff photo by James Cullum)

The Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) announced a new crash tracker that lets Alexandrians and residents of other nearby localities track and report dangerous situations.

A release from WABA said the new tracker lets residents of Northern Virginia, Prince George’s County, Montgomery County and Washington D.C. report:

  • Near-miss incidents
  • Traffic crashes
  • Cars parked in bike lanes
  • Dangerous street locations

The tracker also lets reporters say when the incident happened, who was at fault (bicyclist, scooters, drivers, etc.), and who was affected. A map link at the bottom lets the person filing the report pinpoint exactly where it happened.

The release said the tool also lets people filing a report send it directly to local elected officials and the local department of transportation for wherever the incident took place.

“Our tool will not only allow us to monitor where traffic crashes are taking place in the region but it will also serve as an advocacy tool to tell our local governments that there are traffic incidents taking place in our communities,” Jeremiah Lowery, advocacy director for WABA, said in the release.

Alexandria achieved zero traffic fatalities in 2023, a major milestone, but there were still hundreds of crashes around the city.

The Alexandria Vision Zero website said there were 862 total crashes in 2023. Of those, 228 resulted in non-severe injuries while 14 resulted in severe injuries.

Many of those crashes were in Old Town and along major roads, like Duke Street, King Street and Glebe Road. According to the city’s website, 70% of all fatal or severe crashes from 2016-2020 in Alexandria occurred on 10% of the city’s street network.

High Injury Network map, showing areas where people have been killed or severely injured in traffic crashes (image via City of Alexandria)

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