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Changing the Role of Policing in Traffic Safety: Berkeley Leads Early Progress

The Vision Zero Network is one of many organizations questioning the role of enforcement in the goal of traffic safety. Traffic stops are the most common way for people in the U.S. to interact with police. And Black drivers are twice as likely to be pulled over and four-times as likely to be searched by […]

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

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 […]

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Webinar Recap: Understanding & Addressing Transportation Equity in Latino Communities in the U.S.

by Nora Hanak We were pleased to host a conversation in November 2020 aimed at better understanding and addressing transportation equity in Latino Communities in the U.S. Our knowledgeable and engaging presenters were Amanda Merck, of Salud America!, the Latino health equity promotion program at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San […]

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Webinar Recap: How MPOs Can Lead on Vision Zero & Equitable Mobility

By Nora Hanak We are encouraged to see that Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) are increasingly recognizing their roles in the critical work of safety and equity in their mobility efforts. In our September 24th webinar, “How MPOs Can Lead on Vision Zero & Equitable Mobility” (linked below), we were pleased to learn from Lake McTighe, […]

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Webinar Recap: Restorative Justice Strategies for Safe Streets

By Nora Hanak The Vision Zero Network was pleased to host a webinar on August 18, 2020 to share an innovative approach to driving-related offenses that seeks to increase awareness and meaningful accountability amongst dangerous drivers, rather than focusing on punishment, fines or fees. This is part of our commitment to support and promote alternatives […]

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

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 […]

New Illustrated Resource Promotes Bike Lanes for All, Vision-Zero Style

One of Vision Zero’s strengths is its inclusivity, focusing on safe mobility for all road users — those walking, bicycling driving, riding transit or motorcycles or scooters, etc. Everyone. Still, we know that people walking are our most vulnerable road users, especially seniors and people with disabilities, so there is much-warranted priority on pedestrian safety […]