Safe Streets for Bailey’s | Calles Seguras para Baileys

Bicyclist navigates Rt. 7
Image: Sonya Breehey

The Bailey’s Crossroads community is home to a large immigrant population where many residents rely on walking, biking, and using the bus to get to work and their daily activities. Yet, the main arterial roads (Leesburg Pike & Columbia Pike) are unsafe because of missing sidewalks, few safe crossing options, bus stops without crosswalks, and heavy high-speed traffic.

The Coalition for Smarter Growth and CASA are partnering on the Safe Streets for Bailey’s Crossroads campaign to engage and organize the local community in advocating and winning safer streets and improved access to walking, biking, and accessing transit and services. Also helping the campaign are the Fairfax Alliance for Better Bicycling, Fairfax Families for Safe Streets, and other local community activists. The groups will seek to work with Fairfax County elected officials and staff, as well as the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), to expedite urgently needed near-term safety fixes, as well as more permanent redesign of Route 7 for improved safety, taking advantage of plans for bus rapid transit in the corridor.

Latest Happenings


CSG in the News: Culmore residents join the fight for safe streets

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The Virginia Department of Transportation has agreed to consider some improvements but is not moving fast enough, said Sonya Breehey, Northern Virginia advocacy manager for the Coalition for Smarter Growth.
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CSG in the News: Residents, advocacy groups rally for Route 7 safety upgrades

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“We are here to win badly needed safety improvements,” Coalition for Smarter Growth Northern Virginia advocacy manager Sonya Breehey said.
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RELEASE: Immigrant Activists Kick Off Pedestrian Safety Campaign at Bailey’s  Crossroads  

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“Many people living in the Culmore community of Bailey’s Crossroads walk, bike and take the bus to get around but are faced with high-speed traffic, missing sidewalks and a lack of safe crossing options that quickly turn deadly. Now is the time to provide safer streets in Culmore and save lives,” said Sonya Breehey, Northern Virginia Advocacy Manager of Coalition for Smarter Growth.
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CSG in the News: Falls Church community demands safety changes to Route 7 corridor

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“We need these safety improvements now,” Breehey said. “We took a look as we walked around this stretch and noted the missing infrastructure.”
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CSG in the News: Groups launch Safe Streets campaign

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The Coalition for Smarter Growth and the immigrant advocacy group CASA are launching the Safe Streets for Bailey’s Crossroads campaign. The goal is to engage and organize the local community in pushing for improved access for walking, biking, and transit.
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