Road to Zero Newsletter

December 2019

RTZ Coalition Meeting

Join us from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4, at National League of Cities, 660 N. Capitol St., NW, Washington, DC. We also will host a live webcast for those unable to attend.

We’re also excited to announce some updates to our Road to Zero Communications Toolkit. As we continue to work toward zero deaths on our roads, outward communication is essential to informing the public of this mission and getting broad support.

Updates reflect our latest grant winners, current Road to Zero plans and the future of the Working Groups. Whether you’re a new Coalition member or have been a part of this journey since the beginning, we encourage you to look through the updated Toolkit and find a new way to promote our goal of zero roadway fatalities by 2050.

Upcoming Webinars

Wednesday, Dec. 4
Safety Culture 101, a Road to Zero Coalition Webinar

Safety Culture 101 will offer an introduction to safety culture and transportation. The webinar will cover the following topics:

  • Definitions and Principles of Safety Culture
  • Cultivate Safety Culture – What and How
  • Examples and Lessons Learned from Implementing Safety Culture
  • Safety Culture and Safe Systems

The webinar will be moderated by Dr. David Yang, Executive Director of AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety with presentations and discussion from an esteems panel of researchers and practitioners from academia, government, and industry – Dr. Nicolas Ward of Montana State University, Dr. John Milton of Washington State Department of Transportation, Kristin Kingsley of Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, and David Liu of American Honda Motor Company. Content of this webinar should be an interest to individuals and organizations who would like to gain a better understanding on the concept of safety culture and how to create it to enhance safety.

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Wednesday, Dec. 18
National Complete Streets Coalition, Smart Growth America
Safe Streets, Smart Cities Academy

Time: 1 p.m (ET)

This one-hour conversation will feature 2018 Safe Systems Innovation Grant Recipient, Safe Streets, Smart Cities Academy, Smart Growth America, discussing lessons learned from three safe streets demonstration projects. Three cities across the United States participated in a series of in-person workshops to build skills in designing, implementing and evaluating safer streets projects that prioritize the needs of our most vulnerable roadway users. As the capstone of the Academy, each of the three cities collaborated with members of the community to transform their most dangerous streets and intersections into temporary safety demonstration projects.

Speaker is Heather Zaccaro, program manager of the National Complete Streets Coalition.

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Wednesday, Jan. 15
America Walks

More information to come.

IIHS AEB Ratings

Many manufacturers are upgrading the automatic emergency braking systems they have agreed to install by 2022 to recognize pedestrians, in addition to other vehicles. IIHS rated the pedestrian crash prevention systems of 16 midsize cars based on their performance in three different scenarios: a pedestrian stepping into the street, a child darting out into the street from behind two parked cars and an adult pedestrian near the side of the road in the travel lane, facing away from traffic. The results varied widely among vehicles.

Take a look at the full results to see how manufacturers are progressing with this technology.

ADAS Survey

According to new survey results from Consumer Reports, drivers report high satisfaction and perceived benefits with ADAS when the systems meet expectations. This was especially true for automatic emergency braking, blind spot warning and rear cross traffic warning features, which had high satisfaction and perceived benefit ratings among drivers.

However, the survey also showed how poor performance and confusion about some safety features can result in drivers disabling them. Take a look at the full survey results to learn more.

NACTO Micromobility Update

NACTO’s Guidelines for Regulating Shared Micromobility outlines best practices for cities and public entities regulating and managing shared micromobility services on their streets. Its recommendations were developed to reflect the wide variety of experiences that North American cities have had in regulating and managing shared micromobility.

Thoughtful, smart management of new mobility options is essential for cities as they work to protect the public right of way, increase mobility, and ensure that everyone benefits from new mobility options. Take a look at the full guidelines.

DOT Funding Opportunity

DOT OST is excited to announce that the U.S. Department of Transportation released a Safety Data Initiative Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) titled State and Local Government Data Analysis Tools for Roadway Safety.

  • Funding available: Up to $3 million for up to 12 awards
  • Eligible applicants: State or local governments, metropolitan planning organizations (MPO) and regional governments, other political subdivisions of a state or local government, and tribal governments
  • Application due date: Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. ET

DOT OST will be offering a webinar on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 2:30 p.m. ET to provide an overview of the NOFO.

For more information about the NOFO, please visit the Safety Data Initiative webpages, where you also will find FAQs.

DOT OST also recently released a pre-solicitation notice for a Safety Data Initiative Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) titled Conducting Innovative, Applied Research to Gain New Roadway Safety Insights and Tools.  Later this year, we plan to publish the final version to which offerors may apply.

News From the Hill

On June 25, the House of Representatives passed HR 3055, the Commerce, Justice, Science, Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, Interior, Environment, Transportation, and Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Act, 2020. The funding package provides about $332 billion for these agencies. Specifically, the bill provides the Federal Highway Administration with $48.9 billion, the National Transportation Safety Board will receive roughly $110 million, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration with $677 million, and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will receive $1 billion.

The Senate passed HR 3055 with amendments. A final reconciled version of the legislation has not been agreed upon at this time.

With no appropriations bills passed, current funding for the federal government expires on December 20th. We are hopeful that an agreement can be reached to fund government operations through the end of fiscal year 2020.