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October 20, 2021, 05:45 PM

The First Decade of Vision Zero in the U.S.

A talk by Amy Cohen, Julia Kite-Laidlaw, Lorraine Martin, Philip Miatkowski and Kyle Whitehead
Families for Safe Streets, New York City Department of Transportation, National Safety Council, Transportation Alternatives & Active Transportation Alliance

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Co-Founder of Families for Safe Streets


Since being first introduced in the U.S., the Swedish-born traffic safety philosophy has shifted and grown for an American audience. When cities across the country introduced the idea ten years ago, many ignored Swedish-precepts focused on engineering first and enforcement as a last resort. Today, with racial justice in mind, advocates are de-emphasizing or eliminating enforcement from the program and instead pushing for a bigger focus on redesigned streets. And automated enforcements has succeeded in some cities but failed in most others. Join us for a retrospective discussion on Vision Zero victories, failures, missteps, and miracles, and most importantly, answers to the question: where will, and should, Vision Zero be ten years from now?


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