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WHEREAS, in 2019, 126 pedestrians and 13 bicyclists died as a result of traffic crashes, which constitutes a 2.4 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities compared to 2018; and
WHEREAS, the 126 pedestrians who were killed in collisions with motor vehicles last year comprised 15.2 percent of all traffic fatalities in the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, the 13 bicyclists who were killed in collisions with motor vehicles last year comprised 1.6 percent of all traffic fatalities in the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians have common rights and responsibilities and should afford each other mutual respect while using Virginia’s roadways; and
WHEREAS, motorists must pass at a reasonable speed and at least 3 feet to the left when overtaking a bicycle; and
WHEREAS, motorists must stop for pedestrians in crosswalks and at intersections; and
WHEREAS, pedestrians are encouraged to wear reflective clothing and walk, jog, or run on the side of the road facing traffic; and
WHEREAS, bicyclists are encouraged to use lights, reflectors, and wear bright or reflective clothing to be more visible; and
WHEREAS, all road users should avoid distractions so that they may safely share the road with one another; and
WHEREAS, Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Month will call attention to the importance of sharing the road to reduce the number of crashes, injuries, and fatalities in the Commonwealth;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 2020 as BICYCLIST AND PEDESTRIAN AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.