VZ-Global-Lessons

Part 5: A Local Advocate’s Reflections: Leading with the Human Experience

Here I sit, inside my NYC apartment, mere blocks away from the usually bright lights, steady traffic and uninterrupted action of Times Square. I am dumbfounded by the absence of cars and masses of people. When I dare step outside, I see wide-open, empty avenues (something many of us dream about) and only sporadic passersby, mostly donning gloves, masks and a facial expression of bewilderment and fear.

Transforming Pain into Power: Philadelphia Launches a Families for Safe Streets Effort

Each day, the efforts of advocates – like those of us at the Vision Zero Network and others working to eliminate traffic fatalities and severe injuries – consist largely of routine phone calls, meetings, various communications and ongoing strategizing for change. But for the members of Families for Safe Streets, nothing is routine about their […]

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Centering Community in the Public Engagement Process

Meaningful public engagement can make or break a worthy campaign, including any Vision Zero effort. Yet, it’s one area that can often be shortchanged of time, attention and resources. In our webinar, Meaningful Community Engagement to Advance Vision Zero, we learn from leaders in the field about strong engagement strategies that prioritize equity and inclusivity […]

Denver Displays Serious Safety Measures in Playful Way

Drivers Urged to “Slow the Funk Down” Sometimes, the element of surprise can be a tool for safety. That’s what advocates in Denver, Colorado are proving as they send safety messages to drivers using playfulness, creativity…and some beach balls. WalkDenver is thinking outside of the box to encourage drivers to slow down on local streets. […]

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Webinar Recap: Measuring Vision Zero from the Outside

Effective advocacy requires keeping our elected leaders accountable to the vision and goals they set for our communities. With Vision Zero taking hold in more than 40 U.S. communities, advocates on the ground have a big task in helping to ensure their local leaders are holding true to the goals and timelines adopted to ensure […]

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Webinar Recap: Creating and Sustaining a Strong Task Force

One of the most important factors that promising Vision Zero cities have in common is a commitment to a strong and active multi-agency task force to oversee their work and track progress (and challenges). Because Vision Zero tackles interconnected systems affecting mobility – transportation, law enforcement, policy, health, technology, communication – communities need to ensure […]

With Pedestrian Fatalities on the Rise, Solutions Found in Vision Zero

The projected rise of people killed while walking in 2018 – as highlighted in a new report, Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State, released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) – should sound an alarm on an urgent crisis in the U.S.: the preventable loss of life and severe injuries that occur on our roadways. […]