WHEREAS, in 2017, 114 pedestrians and 13 bicyclists died as the result of collisions with motor vehicles in the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, those who were killed in collisions with motor vehicles last year comprised 15 percent of all traffic fatalities in the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians have reciprocal rights and responsibilities and should afford each other mutual respect while traveling on the roadways of Virginia; and
WHEREAS, pedestrians are urged to wear reflective clothing and walk, jog, or run on the side of the road facing traffic, and bicyclists should use lights, reflectors, and wear bright clothing to be more visible; and
WHEREAS, all bicyclists, pedestrians, and motorists should drive distraction-free so that they may safely share the road with one another; and
WHEREAS, Bicyclist and Pedestrian Awareness Month calls attention to the importance of sharing the road in order to reduce the number of crashes, injuries, and fatalities in the Commonwealth;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 2018 as BICYCLIST AND PEDESTRIAN AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.