Wed, May 3
Beyond a slogan: How to prioritize and implement Vision Zero capital projects
This panel will focus on the importance of implementation – or putting words into practice. First generation Vision Zero cities have started defining and prioritizing their Vision Zero capital projects, which is the first step towards making on-the-ground changes. This session highlights the project definition/prioritization process to show cities how to get from high-level policies written into their action plans to actual infrastructure improvements. This is the crucial step to ensure that it’s not just lip service to Vision Zero. This session will also cover funding strategies for these projects and answer questions like: What are the sources of money for Vision Zero? How do you package Vision Zero to win public support most effectively?
Families for Safe Streets Workshop
To change the culture of acceptance around traffic violence, groups like Families for Safe Streets, who put a human face to the staggers number of traffic injuries sustained each year. To invoke a true commitment to reducing traffic injuries and deaths, it is essential to share stories behind the traffic crashes. This workshop, led by members of Families for Safe Streets chapters from around the country, will focus on the importance of sharing stories to galvanize action on Vision Zero and more.
Effective, equitable traffic enforcement
A discussion of effective, equitable traffic enforcement for Vision Zero. Panelists will distinguish between traffic enforcement for Vision Zero and alternative approaches, such as DDACTS, broken windows, etc., that contribute to over-policing and are insensitive to community concerns and history. New tools for equitable enforcement such as diversion programs, automated enforcement, graduated/tiered fines for traffic violations and more will be discussed and debated as well.
Alternatives to level of service measurements, transit and Vision Zero
Highlighting transit projects that can be tied to Vision Zero and level of service; How can cities move forward with their traffic safety objectives in spite of level-of-service measurements? How are LOS measurements changing?
Data-driven measurement and benchmarking
This session will focus on the importance of creating a public input and data-driven process for Vision Zero. Cities all over the country are confronting the challenge of balancing data-driven VZ priorities with an inclusive and fair program that addresses the subjective needs of diverse communities. How can we reconcile qualitative and quantitative data to identify areas in need of safety interventions? And how can we use the data to understand, measure and benchmark progress made towards Vision Zero? And what other data sources or measurements can we use to track Vision Zero progress, i.e. street improvement projects, protected bike lane miles, changes in enforcement strategy, etc.?
Vision Zero: The Basics
Featuring experts on building and implementing Vision Zero frameworks in cities around the world, this panel will focus on the basic elements needed to get a Vision Zero framework off the ground, like political leadership, effective communication strategies, funding, and agency buy-in.
Engineering, design and legislative interventions targeting speed management
Managing vehicular speeds is central to any Vision Zero framework. The odds of a pedestrian surviving the force of a car collision start to plummet as the impact speed exceeds 20 mph. Traveling at 20 mph also gives a motorist much more leeway to react and avoid collisions in the first place. While Vision Zero cities such as NYC, Seattle, Washington and the state of Massachusetts recently passed law allowing for speed limit reductions, there are many other cities struggling to enact the legislative changes to allow for these changes. Experts from NYC, Seattle and Boston will discuss their campaigns to lower the speed limit. Panelists will also compare 3-4 strategies for speed management, including speed cameras, traditional enforcement, street engineering and speed governors and other technology.
Vision Zero: More than a slogan
Fordham Law School Room TBD
Thu, May 4
Families for Safe Streets Breakfast and Workshop
TransAlt Office Room TBD
Meet with members of Families for Safe Streets from chapters around the country to discuss the importance of creating spaces for individuals personally impacted by traffic violence, basics for getting a chapter started in your city and more.