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Talking with Offer Grembek, Transportation Researcher, about Safe Systems & 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 […]

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Webinar Recap: Safe Systems for Safe Mobility: A Deeper Dive

In this webinar, the Vision Zero Network was pleased to welcome back Jessica Truong, of the international Towards Zero Foundation based in London, and formerly with the Transport Accident Commission in Victoria, Australia. A few weeks before this, Truong led an informative presentation about the principles of Safe Systems, which underlie Vision Zero. (You can […]

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Safe Systems: The Foundation of Vision Zero

In this informative one-hour webinar, learn about the principles of Safe Systems, which underlies Vision Zero. Hear from Jessica Truong, of the international Towards Zero Foundation based in London, and formerly with the Transport Accident Commission in Victoria, Australia. Whatever stage your community is at, it’s important to understand that Vision Zero is not a […]

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Webinar Recap: Safety & Systems for Vision Zero–Putting Theory Into Practice

Safe Systems is a key difference between Vision Zero and a traditional approach to traffic safety. Yet, we acknowledge that a “systems-based approach” can sound like esoteric jargon that does not translate easily to action or motivation for those on the ground working to reduce traffic fatalities and injuries in their communities. In this December […]

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Webinar Recap: Safe Systems — What Does it Mean for Vision Zero?

When discussing traffic safety, the lives so deeply impacted by injuries and fatalities can sometimes be minimized in technical and scientific jargon. Discussions about “level-of-service” for drivers or standards for traffic control devices tend to ignore the emotional and societal toll of 40,000 lives lost to traffic fatalities each year in the U.S. Fortunately, the […]

Lessons from London’s Inspired Vision Zero Action Plan

In late July, London released a new Vision Zero Action Plan. To call it impressive would be an understatement. In particular, we appreciate that the plan has healthy portions of two key ingredients: Vision and Action. London’s recently announced Vision Zero commitment sets the goal of eliminating all traffic deaths and severe injuries by 2041, […]

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Webinar Recap: Developing a Proactive, Systems-Based Approach to Safety

Lessons from New York City and Seattle Vision Zero’s Safe Systems approach means moving beyond a rearward review of crash maps to a forward-facing focus on trends and patterns to help identify future problem areas and work to prevent severe crashes before they happen. This means determining, analyzing, and addressing the underlying risk factors that […]

National Study Calls for Overhaul of Outdated Approach to Deadly Speed Epidemic on U.S. Roadways

Vision Zero Cities Urge Action, Allowing Greater Local Control Over Speed The National Transportation Safety Board released a study today underscoring the deadly problem of speed in the U.S. and urging action to save lives. The study calls the problem of speed underestimated and underappreciated, and explicitly emphasizes the need for reform of outdated practices and policies, […]

Landmark National Study Urges Safety Over Speed

Vision Zero cities laud call for action to save 10,000 lives annually We commend the work of the National Transportation Safety Board in issuing recommendations to dramatically reduce speed-related deaths and injuries and urgently raise public understanding of the deadly toll this under-addressed problem is taking nationwide. Read the full press release from Vision Zero Network […]

At 20 Years, Vision Zero Inspires Worldwide

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.