People Behind the Progress

November 1, 2021 • BY Jenn Fox • IN News, People Behind the Progress, Zero Traffic Deaths

Triny Willerton is a mom of five, a wife, a musician, and a cyclist. Three years ago, she was struck from behind by a driver with a truck while biking on the streets of Boulder, Colorado, where she lives. She sustained 12 fractures and a punctured lung in the crash. Today, Triny is working to …

Talking with Triny Willerton: Athlete, Mother and Advocate Read More »

July 12, 2021 • BY Jenn Fox • IN News, People Behind the Progress

Christian Steward is a community leader in Denver, Colorado. He is also a “Community Connector” working for Denver Department of Transportation & Infrastructure. In this conversation, Christian shares more about what meaningful engagement looks like in practice and how it strengthens work toward Vision Zero. If you are reading this blog, you likely know community engagement …

Talking with Christian Steward, a Denver Community Connector Read More »

May 24, 2021 • BY Jenn Fox • IN News, People Behind the Progress

When we learned that the biggest state in the nation is making an explicit “pivot” to the Safe Systems approach, which underpins Vision Zero, we couldn’t wait to learn more, so we reached out to Toks Omishakin, the Director of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), who is leading the charge. Prior to his Caltrans …

Talking with Toks Omishakin, Director of the California Department of Transportation, about integrating equity and Safe Systems Read More »

January 27, 2021 • BY Jenn Fox • IN News, People Behind the Progress

Sylvester Turner is in his second term as Mayor of Houston, Texas. He is working to break down silos in the city’s approach to mobility and he recently launched Houston’s Vision Zero Plan Action Plan. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to talk with the Mayor about the City’s work for safe mobility. Vision Zero Network: …

Talking with Sylvester Turner, the Mayor of Houston Texas Read More »

January 11, 2021 • BY Jenn Fox • IN News, People Behind the Progress

Here at the Vision Zero Network, we have been thinking a lot about transformative change in America’s approach toward safe mobility. Given the nation’s history of racial injustices and ongoing systemic racism, transportation safety work must confront and correct over-emphasis on police enforcement. We need a paradigm shift that starts with acknowledging past wrongs and …

Reflecting on lessons learned and working to advance justice and equity in Vision Zero Read More »

November 4, 2020 • BY Jenn Fox • IN News, People Behind the Progress

Juan Martinez has been part of groundbreaking campaigns to adopt Vision Zero, pass state legislation to lower speed limits and use automated speed enforcement (ASE). We’re fortunate to have him as a member of our Vision Zero Network Advisory Committee. We asked Juan what lessons he learned as an early Vision Zero champion, and what …

Talking with Juan Martinez, Senior Advisor for State Legislative Affairs in New York City Read More »

October 2, 2020 • BY Jenn Fox • IN Families for Safe Streets, News, People Behind the Progress

Traffic violence is a national epidemic that kills nearly 40,000 people and injures 3,000,000 a year. On Sunday, November 15, families and communities around the world will be remembering the millions who have been killed and seriously injured on our roads, and advocating to stop these preventable tragedies. In this month’s People Behind the Progress, …

Talking with Christy Kwan and Faith Cole Hall, founding members of the Washington DC chapter of Families for Safe Streets Read More »

August 27, 2020 • BY Jenn Fox • IN News, People Behind the Progress

Betty Smoot-Madison is an urban planner who has worked on community planning and transit-oriented development in the Washington DC suburbs of Prince George’s County, MD, served as the ombudsman for automated enforcement in Baltimore, and is now a director for the Atlanta Department of Transportation. She is leading Atlanta’s work and commitment to Vision Zero …

Talking with Betty Smoot-Madison, Atlanta Department of Transportation, Mobility Director Read More »

August 3, 2020 • BY Jenn Fox • IN News, People Behind the Progress

Uyen Dang oversees the City of West Palm Beach, Florida’s transportation elements, including its Vision Zero work. Uyen is a mom, an engineer, a children’s book author and a National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) Leadership Fellow. In this People Behind the Progress, we’re talking with Uyen about her leadership in West Palm Beach’s …

Talking with Uyen Dang, City Traffic Engineer, West Palm Beach, Florida Read More »

July 4, 2020 • BY Jenn Fox • IN News, People Behind the Progress, Safety Over Speed

For this month’s People Behind the Progress, we’re talking with Dr. Offer Grembek, about modernizing speed setting practices and monitoring the frequency and types of crashes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Offer is the co-director of the University of California Berkeley Safe Transportation Research and Education Center and co-chairs the Transportation Research Board Global Road Safety …

Talking with Offer Grembek, Transportation Researcher, about Safe Systems & Speed Read More »

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