March 14, 2022

Pedestrian Safety – If Not Now, When?


Lives Shall Not Be Lost In Vain

In loving memory of Allison Hart, Armando Martinez-Ramos, Zylaire Joshua, Kaidyn Greenan and the other traffic fatalities, I shall introduce legislation to make Ward 5 the model for pedestrian safety.

Alison Hart, 5 years-old gone to soon after being hit by a van in Ward 5.

Armando Martinez-Ramos, 47 years-old was on his bike heading south on 10th Street NE, crossing Michigan Avenue, in a marked crosswalk when he was struck by a 2017 Ford shuttle bus making a left turn from 10th Street, NE onto Michigan Ave., NE.


Establishing Ward 5 as the model for pedestrian safety through establishing a pilot program for the District with the intent for the other seven Wards to follow and perhaps the nation to adopt is overwhelmingly worthy.

These lives shall not be lost in vain. The proliferation of unsafe driving and the continuous loss of precious life mandates a champion for pedestrian safety.

I shall be your champion for pedestrian safety!


My legislation will provide for community engagement, architectural designs and reconciliation of Brittney D. Koehler’s 7 Ways to STEP Up for Pedestrian Safety in 2021 which includes Crosswalk Visibility Enhancements, Road Diets, Raised Crosswalks, Pedestrian Refuge Islands, Rectangular Rapid-Flashing Beacons, Pedestrian Hybrid Beacons (PHBs) and Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPIs); the “Walk Without Worry Amendment Act” which will standardize the design and installation of continuous sidewalks, and raised cross walks, and intersections; the “Safe Routes to School Expansion Regulation Amendment Act” which requires a traffic signal or all-way stop at every intersection within a quarter mile of a school; DC’s Vision Zero Program and the DC Auditor’s forthcoming audit on this program.


My legislation shall call for adequate funding and in particular infrastructure funding to make Ward 5 pedestrian friendly which leads to a better quality of life for all.


“If you want to know what I will do, look at what I have done”— Malcom X

During my eight years, 1999 to 2007, as the Ward 5 Council Member, I jumped started economic development, school modernization, and recreation center’s modernization, and the other seven Wards later followed.

Through Ward 5 community engagement, I pulled Ward 5 together and we jumped started economic development through the first project in twenty years with the Home Depot/Giant Food shopping center complex along with housing, the Costco Shopping Center Complex along with housing, Union Market etc. and the other Wards followed.

Through Ward 5 community engagement, I pulled Ward 5 together and we jumped started school modernization with the reopening and establishment of McKinley Technology High School and Noyes Elementary School, and the other Wards followed.

Through Ward 5 community engagement, I pulled Ward 5 together and we jumped started recreation centers renovations and/or rebuilding with Turkey Thicket, North Michigan Park, Brentwood and Trinidad Recreation Centers.

Together, Ward 5, we shall jump start PEDESTRIAN SAFETY IN OUR BELOVED WARD 5, and the other Wards will follow, and perhaps the nation too!

Together We Stand!


Vincent Orange (“VO”) is ready to do so much more for WARD 5. Elect the leader WARD 5 needs on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, to make every WARD 5 neighborhood a safe and vibrant place to live, work, play and be educated.