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Road to Zero Events Archive

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2020 Events

Transportation Safety for Youth from A to Z
Nov. 19

COVID-19 has changed transportation patterns for all road users, including our youngest community members. Finding safe and healthy ways to get kids to school is more important than ever. This webinar explores recent efforts to keep students safe, including UNICEF and the Child Health Initiative’s Guidance on Safe and Healthy Journeys to School during COVID-19. Learn about this and other efforts to improve transportation safety, explore tactics deployed across the globe and discuss how to put it into practice.

Enforcement and Equity in Transportation Safety
Oct. 14

Enforcement is a key piece to the transportation safety framework, but it must be done in a way that does not cause undue harm or burden on any particular community. This session will explore the role of enforcement in proven safety programs and countermeasures.

The Safety Premium: Designing for Equity in Vehicles and Beyond
Sept. 30

Connecting Prioritizing Safety with Transportation Equity
Sept. 22

The Road to Zero Prioritizing Safety Committee has worked for over a year developing a roadmap of how to implement and incorporate this pillar into transportation. Now, the group is ready to put the roadmap into action and has identified three priorities to accomplish this, including connecting the prioritizing safety efforts with transportation equity. This session will discuss the importance of an equity lens in safe systems and explore ways to make sure equity is at the foundation of our safety culture.

Road to Zero and Transportation Equity: An Opportunity to Learn, Engage and Act
Thursday, Sept. 17

The Road to Zero Coalition kicked off the Equity in Transportation Safety listening sessions Sept. 17 with a discussion about why we are hosting the series and important context on the intersection of transportation safety and equity. Get the webinar presentation and the accompanying report, The Right to Move.

Transportation Roundtable: Roadway Safety During COVID-19 and Beyond
Tuesday, July 21

During this roundtable, the National Safety Council – in partnership with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Governors Highway Safety Association and AAA – presented motor vehicle fatality estimates that correspond with the COVID-19 pandemic. Panelists from each organization discussed necessary transportation changes as the U.S. grapples with COVID-19. This includes the role employers, federal and state leaders, and public health and safety professionals all play in saving lives on the road. With motor vehicle crashes as the leading cause of workplace death, employers should be especially concerned. NSC is also offering new roadway resources, including a SAFER playbook on transportation considerations for returning to work.

Wednesday, June 17

Representatives from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute discuss Socioeconomic Status Factors in Motor Vehicle Fatality Mitigation Efforts.

Wednesday, May 20

Kristopher Carter and Yifan Lu of the Boston Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics discussed the commitment to eliminating Boston's traffic fatalities through the Vision Zero initiative.

Wednesday, April 29

A representative from 2018 Safe Systems Innovation Grant recipient Lorain County Public Health gave an update on the implementation of its combined Active Transportation Plan and Safe Routes to School Plan for the City of Lorain in Northeast Ohio. The community collaborative, Lorain Connected, brings multiple stakeholders together, sharing the responsibility to implement priorities identified in the Active Transportation Plan. Priorities include temporary demonstrations, education and encouragement campaigns, bike shares and bicycle co-ops.

Wednesday, March 25

2018 Safe Systems Innovation Grant recipient, Bicycle Colorado, gave an overview of the implementation of the statewide Bicycle-friendly Driver program, lessons learned and next steps for the program. Bicycle-friendly Driver is designed to teach motorists and bicyclists how to use our streets safely together. The 1.5-hour, interactive courses cover laws for each road user, how to navigate on-street bicycle infrastructure and how to avoid common crashes between motorists and bicyclists.

Wednesday, Feb. 19

2018 Safe Systems Innovation Grant recipient Dr. Tony McDonald of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University discussed findings from a study of drowsy driving education and technology interventions for night shift nurses. The multi-phase project consisted of interviews and a large naturalistic driving study. Findings highlight the urgent need for drowsy driving interventions among nurses and provide a potential pathway to effective solutions.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

The Coalition welcomed representatives from the National League of Cities and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, among others. Discussions centered around Road to Zero 2019 highlights, as well as real-world examples of what's working in municipalities throughout the country.

Wednesday, Jan. 22

Safe Systems approaches deploy comprehensive and sustained investment to protect vulnerable road users. With grant funds from the Road to Zero Coalition, America Walks partnered with the UNC Highway Safety Research Center in 2018 to provide training, technical assistance and mini grants to 12 U.S. communities to facilitate their shift toward Safe Systems approaches to solving the rise in pedestrian fatalities and injuries. This webinar highlights successes and lessons learned from this effort.

2019 Events

Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019

Presenter Heather Zaccaro is program manager for the Complete Streets Coalition, one of the Road to Zero grant recipients.

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2019

Safety Culture 101: An introduction to safety culture and transportation moderated by Dr. David Yang, executive director of AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, with discussion from an esteemed panel of researchers and practitioners: 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.

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019

An Introduction to Safe Systems in the U.S.

Wednesday, Oct. 16, 2019

Speed Management for Safety

Featuring the Institute of Transportation Engineers in partnership with the Vision Zero Network.

Wednesday, Sept. 25

Target Zero: Underutilized Strategies to Reduce Traffic Fatalities

2018 Events

December 4, 2018

The Road to Zero Coalition met Dec. 4 in Washington, D.C.

Immediately following the Coalition meeting, NSC and leaders in the insurance industry hosted a panel discussion on the challenges of distracted driving. Participating insurance companies included AON, Liberty Mutual, Zurich, USAA and Nationwide, along with the Property and Casualty Insurers Association (PCI), and Network of Employers for Traffic Safety (NETS). The group discussed mid- and long-term countermeasures and their trade-offs.

Sept. 13, 2018 - CANCELED

The Road to Zero Coalition meeting scheduled for Sept. 13 in Washington, D.C., was canceled due to Hurricane Florence.

June 28, 2018

The June 28 Road to Zero Coalition meeting kicked off with a welcome by NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt, who shared the latest information on the Uber fatality in Arizona, Tesla crashes, recent bus crashes and the recommendations for seat belts in buses.

Speakers and presentations:

The World Bank hosted a panel discussion on lessons learned from grants:

April 22, 2018

The Road to Zero Coalition Report was released at the Lifesavers Conference in San Antonio, the largest gathering of highway safety professionals in the U.S. The event brings together public health and safety professionals, researchers, advocates, practitioners and students committed to sharing best practices, research and policy initiatives proven to work. Deborah A.P. Hersman, chair of Road to Zero and president and CEO of the National Safety Council, was keynote speaker during the opening plenary. Get her presentation.

March 20, 2018

Road to Zero Coalition meeting was held March 20 at the National Transportation Safety Board Conference Center in Washington, DC. The meeting, titled Commercial Vehicles, from Safe Systems to Technology Innovations, featured National Transportation Safety Board member T. Bella Dinh-Zarr, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Deputy Administrator Heidi King and Raymond P. Martinez of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Following are presentations from the panel discussion, moderated by Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Chief Safety Officer Jack Van Steenburg:

  • Christopher J. Turner, captain with the Kansas Highway Patrol and president of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance: Optimize What Works
  • Skip Yeakel, principal engineer - advanced engineering, Volvo Group North America: Advance Technology
  • Thomas C. DiSalvi, vice president, safety and loss prevention, Schneider National Inc., and chair of the NSC Transportation Safety Division: Accelerate Change - Safe System Approach

NSC Chairman and CEO Deborah Hersman gave an update on the Road to Zero Coalition long-term vision report for achieving zero, Adrienne Gildea, deputy executive director for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, gave a communications update, and the 2018 Safe System Innovations Grant winners were announced by Renee Sigel of the Federal Highway Administration.

2017 Events

Dec. 12, 2017

The Road to Zero Coalition met at Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health in Washington, D.C. Get the meeting agenda.


Members are looking for ideas on how to communicate the Road to Zero Long-term Visioning Report when it comes out in 2018. Share your ideas.

After a welcome and presentation from NSC President and CEO Deborah Hersman, Mike Griffith, director of office safety technologies with the Federal Highway Administration, moderated the Future of Infrastructure Safety Panel:

A panel discussion, Changing Landscape of Cities and Mobility: Futurology, was moderated by Jane Terry, NSC director of government affairs:

Prior to a breakout session, NSC Media Relations Manager Maureen Vogel, introduced the Road to Zero Toolkit. Hersman wrapped up the meeting and announced applications are now being accepted for the 2018 Safe System Innovation Grant program.

Oct. 13, 2017

The topic was Saving Lives on the Road to Zero and featured NTSB Chairman Robert Sumwalt, Global New Car Assessment Program Secretary General David Ward and a panel on creating Vision Zero: Systematically Applying What Works to Reach Zero. Get the meeting agenda.

After a welcome from Kaiser Permanente Director of Community Health Celeste A. James and a first anniversary celebration of milestones from NSC President and CEO Deborah Hersman:

A panel discussion moderated by Vision Zero Network founder and Director Leah Shahum featured:

June 13, 2017

The Road to Zero Coalition met at the Association of the U.S. Army, Arlington, VA. Get the agenda here.

After a welcome from NSC President and CEO Debbie Hersman:

March 1, 2017

The Road to Zero Coalition met at the Association of the U.S. Army, Arlington, VA. Get the Coalition meeting recap here.

After a welcome from NSC President and CEO Debbie Hersman:

  • Cherilyn E. Pascoe from the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation; Andrew Wishnia, U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works; and Ian Grossman, vice president of member services and public affairs at the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, held a panel discussion on roadway safety
  • NSC Market Research Manager Jonathan Dimbert presented the results of an NSC survey, Road to Zero: Perceptions and Insights
  • Dia Gainor of the National Association of State EMS Officials presented Understanding Enhanced Emergency Medical Response
  • The presentations were followed by a breakout session on highway infrastructure priorities

Jan. 26-27, 2017

Rand Framing Workshop: The Road to Zero Coalition enlisted the RAND Corporation to develop a future planning scenario on how human-vehicle-roadway systems could be designed to get to zero deaths by 2047.

2016 Events

Dec. 15, 2016

Road to Zero Coalition launch: More than 200 people joined in person and via webcast to collaborate on the roles we can each play as we aim for zero traffic fatalities on our roads. National experts shared their knowledge:

Road to Zero Conference Kickoff Oct. 5, 2016

NSC, FHWA, FMCSA, NHTSA and their partners laid out strategies that will put the U.S. on the road to zero traffic fatalities.