City receives $45K grant for near miss app

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City receives $45K grant for near miss app
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By Cody Mello-Klein | cmelloklein@alextimes.com

The National Capital Region Transportation and Planning Board provided a $45,000 grant to the city to improve NoVA Families for Safe Streets’ near miss data collection app, according to a news release.

NoVA FSS’ Near Miss Data Collection Survey allows pedestrians and bicyclists to report near miss collision incidents with drivers and note “dangerous locations.” The goal is to provide information for pedestrians and bicyclists so that they can navigate the city more safely, according to the release.

The grant will provide consultant and other technical services to expand the capabilities of the app through an advanced analytical tool that correlates data between the state’s crash data and NoVA FSS’ data. It will also allow for the creation of a mobile version of the near miss data collection survey and translation of the survey into multiple languages.

The TPB will work with the Alexandria Police Department and NoVA FSS to select the consulting firm that will ultimately execute the project.

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