I was honored to attend and speak at the International Vision Zero Conference last week, and to join with more than 200 people from dozens of countries to learn about positive trends occurring for the movement in cities across the world. Highlights include a renewed Vision Zero commitment from Sweden, interest in U.S. grassroots strategies, and successful speed reduction in Mexico City among others.
As we look to measure the progress of Vision Zero, we realize that we cannot wait to only count the progress on the long-term goal of reducing traffic deaths, but also in the progress made on individual projects and programs aimed toward safety. Cities such as Seattle, Washington and New York City, highlighted in this story, are showing success in their project-focused efforts. That is, after one year of project implementation, they are demonstrating reductions in vehicle speeds, crashes, serious injuries, and traffic deaths.
Learn about the key principles of Vision Zero and consider whether this approach may be a fit for your community. Check out this recording of a Vision Zero 101 webinar we hosted in June. If you’re already active in Vision Zero and want to introduce key partners to the concept, this is also recommended.
Last month, we were excited to join hundreds of Vision Zero leaders in New York City for the third annual Vision Zero Cities conference, hosted by Transportation Alternatives and Families for Safe Streets. It was an especially exciting time for me to attend my first event as a new addition to the Vision Zero Network […]
At its core, Vision Zero recognizes that all people have the right to move about their communities safely. All people. At its core, Vision Zero is about ensuring equity on our streets, sidewalks, and bikeways. We share this case study and call on city and community leaders to center equity in their Vision Zero work. […]
A recent report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association (GHSA) documenting an unprecedented increase in traffic deaths among people walking was alarming enough. But to see widespread news coverage demeaning the seriousness of this issue by dumbing down the problem to one of too many pedestrians using cell phones was downright unsettling.
2016 was a monumental year for Vision Zero across the United States.
The number of cities committing to Vision Zero more than doubled, and interest in adopting meaningful, action-driven policies for safe streets has spread from a few early-adopter, big, coastal cities to communities large and small across the country. As we roll into 2017 with a challenge that is as big as ever, it’s helpful to look back at the trends — both promising and troubling — that shaped Vision Zero progress in 2016.
The Vision Zero Network seeks a dynamic and highly motivated individual to help advance, measure, and maintain meaningful Vision Zero commitments and actions across the nation.
We are so pleased to witness the growing number of people that came together on Sunday, November 20th to participate in the International World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. Not only are the number of communities participating growing, but we are also seeing greater diversity of organizations collaborating and even more creativity in memorializing those affected and working together for change. Bravo to the many community members and city leaders across the country who stepped forward to elevate the importance of this preventable health crisis taking 100 lives each day in this country.
As the number of people dying in traffic crashes on American roadways has hit a tragic 50-year high, the call to manage speeds to save lives is stepped up today with the release of an interactive national Speed Fatality Map. Released by the Vision Zero Network and the National Coalition for Safer Roads, the map brings light to the thousands of speed-related deaths that could be prevented each year and strategies to save lives.