The following is drawn from the research of Vision Zero Network founder and director Leah Shahum, who participated in a 2015 German Marshall Fund Urban and Regional Policy Fellowship to study Vision Zero and related efforts in European nations. The full report can be viewed here. How to Move from Good Intentions to Results “This is […]
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.
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.
Leadership. Livability. Ethical. Smart technology. I was encouraged to hear these words repeated often during the recent international conference on Vision Zero. And, I was surprised — and encouraged — by how often they were paired with a concentrated focus on cities, and walking and bicycling. Last week, I was thrilled to be among the […]
From the moment that Vision Zero began capturing attention in American cities, we’ve heard many admiring references to its success in Europe, particularly in its birthplace of Sweden. I’m fortunate to have the opportunity to research those experiences and their lessons for the growing number of American communities working to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious […]
Recognizing the devastating scale of road traffic injuries as a global public health and development concern, in 2010 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed this a Decade of Action for Road Safety. That year alone saw 1.24 million people killed on the world’s roads. The UN’s goal: To stem the epidemic and reverse the rising […]