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World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Standing in Solidarity and Demanding Safer Streets

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is a global event honoring the millions of people hurt and killed in traffic crashes each year. The event also demands an end to these devastating and preventable tragedies.

San Francisco will hold its sixth annual World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on Sunday, November 15, 2020 from 3:00 – 4:00PM on the steps of City Hall. World Day of Remembrance is hosted by San Francisco Bay Area Families for Safe Streets and Walk San Francisco.

Holding an in-person event is of great importance to those who have been directly impacted by traffic violence. This event is a needed space to grieve, to remember, and to lift up stories that must be heard. Due to COVID, we are designing this year’s event with very limited attendance and strict safety protocols.

If you are someone who has been personally affected by a traffic crash and want to attend, please let us know so we can share more details. Whether you want to remember a friend or loved one, or you are a survivor of a crash, we invite you to participate. 

At this year’s event, we will create a temporary memorial where attendees can add flowers and other items. City leaders and elected officials are being invited to attend and read the names of the nearly 200 people who have been killed in traffic crashes since 2014. Yellow lights will shine on City Hall starting at dusk.

If you are someone who wants to stand in solidarity with victims, here’s how to support World Day of Remembrance:

  • Donate pairs of used shoes for the temporary memorial we will create at City Hall. You can drop off shoes at Walk SF’s office at 333 Hayes Street at a pre-arranged time. Let us know when and how many pairs you’ll drop off.
  • Make a gift to San Francisco Bay Area Families for Safe Streets. This is a group of people whose loved ones have been killed or injured by preventable crashes on our streets, as well as traffic crash survivors. Your gift will be used to provide members with emotional support, advocacy trainings, and more. Donate now.
  • Plan to share the stories of victims on social media on World Day of Remembrance. Walk SF will be posting photos and videos from the event; you can help amplify our urgent message for safe streets.

Read some of the coverage of the 2019 World Day of Remembrance:

If you have questions about World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims in San Francisco, please contact Aly Geller, Vision Zero Engagement Manager.

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