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June 5, 2024 • BY Tiffany Smith • IN News, Webinars

What does it mean when you hear that “Vision Zero is more than a goal? And more than just a slogan?”  It means that advancing Vision Zero is not about working harder or caring about safety more – it is about doing things differently. Vision Zero – and the underlying Safe System approach – is […]

May 6, 2024 • BY Tiffany Smith • IN News, Webinars

While transportation is most often thought of as how we get  from one place to another—it's also about access and opportunity and our sense of place and community. So, efforts to advance Vision Zero is not just about the work that planners and engineers do, it’s an opportunity for everyone who uses the transportation system […]
Gina LaBlanc is a member of Families for Safe Streets (San Francisco Bay Area, CA chapter) and a passionate and effective road safety advocate. Most importantly, she is the Mom of Kyle (18), who was killed in 2016 by a speeding tow truck driver near a Light Rail Station in San Jose. For many years, […]

April 3, 2024 • BY Leah Shahum • IN News, Webinars

Traditionally, vehicle safety has been considered a federal issue. So, understandably, many municipalities have shied away from including vehicle-related safety issues in their Vision Zero plans. But there are important ways that local communities can – and should – add this important Safe System component into their local road safety work. Learn more and hear […]

March 4, 2024 • BY Leah Shahum • IN News

While recent data showing a 4% decrease in traffic fatalities nationally in 2023 over 2022 offers a glimmer of hope, we know that far more attention and resources must be focused on stemming the unacceptable number of preventable roadway deaths and severe injuries in the U.S. The recently announced new round of funding from the […]

March 4, 2024 • BY Tiffany Smith • IN News, Webinars

With increasing urgency, researchers, advocates and practitioners are asking the question: How do we make our roadway safety efforts in the U.S. more effective and equitable? And increasingly, the most promising responses draw inspiration from the strategies used by the public health profession.  While transportation and public health have long shared a symbiotic relationship, unfortunately,  […]

February 6, 2024 • BY Tiffany Smith • IN News, Webinars

To achieve Vision Zero, we’ve got to recognize and address the disparities in who faces the greatest safety risks on our roadways, sidewalks and bikeways. Today, Black people are killed in crashes at a 30 percent higher rate compared to the white people and those living in low-income communities experience a fatality rate 35 percent […]

January 8, 2024 • BY Tiffany Smith • IN News

Imagine if we depended on each person in the country to figure out their own plan to get clean water to their individual household, rather than investing in a shared filtration and sanitation system to provide safe, clean drinking water to the entire community. Fortunately, wise people have figured this out, and we all benefit. […]

January 3, 2024 • BY Tiffany Smith • IN News

“Why is Vision Zero failing in the U.S.?” It’s the most frequent – and frustrating – question I heard last year. And I get it. Looking at the disturbing data of the past few years, (see below), triggers alarm and dismay. Thinking of the human toll and devastation reflected in these numbers demands answers. In […]

December 28, 2023 • BY Jenn Fox • IN News

In case you missed it, the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) released the 11th edition of the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways, known as the MUTCD. The manual, last updated in 2009, is the national standard for traffic signs and the most influential transportation publication in the United States. Wonky-sounding? Yes, […]

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