Massachusetts activists plan events to mourn increase in traffic crash victims

BOSTON (AP) — Advocates hoping to make city streets safer for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers are holding a series of events in recognition of World Day of Remembrance, an international event to publicly mourn victims of traffic crashes.

The Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition warns Massachusetts has seen a 21 percent increase in traffic fatalities between 2015 and 2017. In the first six months of 2017, 180 people died.

The group plans to meet in Copley Square at noon Sunday for a memorial bike ride followed by a memorial walk at 1:30 p.m. near the corner of Charles and Beacon streets ending with a rally on the Statehouse steps.

In the evening several landmarks, including the Zakim Bridge and Boston City Hall, will be lit in yellow, the color associated with traffic fatalities

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