San Jose residents joined the social movement when a group of organized citizens marched from downtown’s St. James Park to Theater Plaza in front of the Hammer Theatre and the Paseo de San Antonio on Second Street. On behalf of World Day of Remembrance, a memorial walk and demonstration occurred this past Sunday, 19th November. California State Assemblymember Ash Kalra spoke to the families participating in the event organized by The San Francisco Bay Area Families for Safe Streets and California Walks.
Also present were officials from San Jose’s Department of Transportation, and the Vision Zero program. Other observing advocates included Stakeholders for a Safe Green Village, organizers of programs like the National Safe Routes “Walk & Bike to School“.
World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is a special day for family members who have lost loved ones, if not seen friends and family injured by life-changing experiences. They are advocating for change in visible and memorable ways by hosting vigils that honor those who have been lost or injured by traffic violence. They also support those who suffer the pain of losing a loved one to traffic violence.
The march started at 1:30 PM and carried to 3:00 PM for the memorial, in which participants spoke out and created lasting displays with the lighting of candles, photographic collages, poster signs, flowers, and similar reminder items of loving sentiment. Each person dressed in a yellow safety vest with the Vision Zero logo on the back side, and many carried banners as they chanted in ceremonial commonality.
The day’s event is meant to serve as a call that brings attention to a California state policy goal —automated speed enforcement. Families are raising awareness and participation in San Jose’s Vision Zero program, therein expanding the tools in the community’s toolbox. They showed their appreciation in the presence of the San Jose Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Unit (TUE) and its motorcycle unit, a critical solution for achieving Vision Zero. Supporting law the traffic enforcement unit is vital to the control of speeding, reducing severe injuries, and saving lives.