In 2022, eight bicyclists in Massachusetts tragically lost their lives on our roadways. On November 20th, we’ll recognize these individuals and each person impacted by fatal or serious crashes on our roadways during World Day of Remembrance for victims of traffic crashes.
We invite you to join us in recognizing World Day of Remembrance by taking individual action or joining/planning events in your community. The Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition, of which MassBike is a member, is marking the occasion by laying down yellow flowers at the Massachusetts State House, one blossom for each person killed or seriously injured in a crash in 2022, and coordinating events across the state to remember those lost in traffic deaths.
Below we outlined ways you can recognize World Day of Remembrance. Please see the MA Vision Zero Coalition's World Day of Remembrance Toolkit for a regularly updated list of events happening across the state.
Ways to Recognize World Day of Remembrance
- Light a candle at home and have a moment of silence
- Connect with friends or family who have been impacted by traffic violence
- Share your story on social media and tag #WDoR2022
- Send a letter to legislators pushing them to prioritize traffic safety in your community. This could look like asking for lower speed limits on dangerous roads, changing road design, or education campaigns.
In-person and group actions
Lay a flower on the steps of your Town or City Hall, at the site of a crash, or a meaningful location to you in honor of someone you know who has been killed or injured in a traffic crash, and invite others to do the same
Organize/attend an in-person event
If a crash has occurred in your area, hold a press conference or vigil and invite families, advocates, and others to join. Please see the World Day of Remembrance 2022 Toolkit to plan your event, and see if there’s an event happening in your community.
For more information, please visit visionzerocoalition.org/wdr
The ghost bike memorial pictured in this article is in honor of Peter A. Del Sette, Jr.