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WHEREAS, in 2018, 123 pedestrians and 13 bicyclists died as the result of traffic crashes, which constitutes a 7.9 percent increase in pedestrian fatalities; and
WHEREAS, the 123 pedestrians who were killed in collisions with motor vehicles last year comprised 15 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 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, motorists must pass at a reasonable speed at least 3 feet to the left when overtaking a bicycle; and
WHEREAS, all road users should avoid distraction 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 2019 as BICYCLIST AND PEDESTRIAN AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.