public health

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. […]

August 8, 2023 • BY Tiffany Smith • IN News, Webinars

Note we have a resource, Prioritizing Health Equity in Vision Zero Planning, outlining more actionable steps to integrate equity priorities in Vision Zero planning, decision-making, strategies, investments and more.  With growing focus on Vision Zero – safe mobility for all people – there is an important opportunity to align the goals of roadway safety with […]

March 4, 2021 • BY Leah Shahum • IN News, Press, Zero Traffic Deaths

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contacts:  Leah Shahum, Vision Zero Network, leah@visionzeronetwork.org Amy Cohen, Families for Safe Streets, amy@familiesforsafestreets.org, 646-581-4232  Crash Victims & Safety Advocates Decry Appalling Increase in Traffic Deaths & Urge Action  New Report Estimates 2020 Traffic Deaths Hit 13-Year High; Spike in Rate of Roadway Deaths Highest in 96 Years  March 4, 2021 — Advocates for safe […]

August 11, 2016 • BY Vision Zero Network • IN News

Looking at trends in the short term doesn’t always paint a complete picture. Nevertheless, we can’t help but be discouraged by the direction of traffic safety in the U.S. described in two recent reports — one from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and another from the National Highway Traffic Safety Association (NHTSA). Both reports analyze recent data to answer a similar big picture question: When it comes to traffic safety, how are we doing? Unfortunately, the answer is “not good enough.”

April 14, 2016 • BY Vision Zero Network • IN Case Studies, News

If 30,000 people were killed each year in the United States by a curable illness, we would call it a public health crisis. We would deploy resources, vaccines and interventions to address the spread and bring the death toll to the only acceptable level: zero. Yet, every year 30,000+ people are killed in preventable traffic collisions in this country. Vision Zero asks us to see those traffic deaths like polio or cholera: epidemics that, with an urgent health framing and public response, can be eradicated. In this case study we explore how San Francisco, New York City and Chicago are using the tools of public health — including epidemiology, research and a focus on the root causes of health inequities — to advance their Vision Zero efforts.

September 9, 2015 • BY Leah Shahum • IN News

The Vision Zero Network applauds the United States Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking, issued today, to address major public health challenges such as heart disease and diabetes, as well as inequitable access to safe walking conditions among America’s diverse communities. Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and […]

April 13, 2015 • BY Leah Shahum • IN International, News

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 […]

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