Meet Catalina. Like many immigrants in Culmore, Catalina rides a scooter to work and struggles with the unsafe street conditions in the area. She is a CASA Member who joins the fight for safer streets in Culmore, sharing her story to help.

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. Catalina herself arrived to the United States almost two decades ago and has lived in Culmore for 8 years now.

The Fairfax County Department of Transportation (FCDOT) and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) have identified the Route 7 corridor as a high-risk corridor for vulnerable road users based on years of data showing the high numbers of fatalities and serious injuries. Yet, no significant investments in safety improvements have been made to stem the traffic fatalities and injuries that plague residents trying to navigate their community on foot or by bike.

Thank you, Catalina, for raising your voice to make sure that pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, everyone in the area is safe!