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2021 Events

Overcoming the Limitations of Pedestrian and Bicyclists Crash Data - Aug. 25

A national movement is under way to encourage more states and organizations to adopt a Safe System approach to road safety. It accepts that crashes are inevitable and mistakes happen, but it encourages organizations to focus on preventing severity and prioritizing vulnerable road users when making decisions and investments. Applying the Safe System approach can be challenging because it relies on crash data, which can be flawed and inconsistent -- especially when it involves pedestrians and bicyclists. This webinar explores how organizations can improve the quality of their pedestrian and bicyclist crash data for safety analysis, and how we can work with the data we have to implement a safer system today. Watch the webinar.

Transportation in the Time of COVID: One Year Later - July 13

In July 2020, NSC hosted a roundtable to discuss some of the changes being seen on our roadways as a result of COVID-19. One year later, we will brought together speakers to reflect on the trends and data seen and how it could inform the future of roadway safety. Watch the webinar.

The Road to Zero Strategy in Action - June 17

Presenters discuss in detail the three pillars of the Road to Zero initiative: doubling down on proven countermeasures, advanced technology in vehicles and infrastructure, and adopting a Safe Systems approach. Watch the webinar.

Exploring Speed Management in the U.S. and Abroad - May 18

Speeding is a major contributor to traffic fatalities in the U.S. In support of UN Global Road Safety Week, this webinar features successful speed management strategies in the U.S. and abroad. Co-hosted by FIA Foundation and the National Center for Safe Routes to School. Watch the webinar.

Traffic Safety for All Ages - April 15

Vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for kids, which is why it is important to engage them in traffic safety from a young age. Learn about resources that cultivate an interest in traffic safety for kids and help us address the devastating trend of youth fatalities on our roads. Watch the webinar.

Community Engagement and Safer Streets - March. 18

Building on the discussions the Road to Zero Coalition started with its Equity in Transportation Safety series, hear from planners and advocates who have worked to expand the voices at the transportation table and explore the need for community engagement in our work. Watch the webinar.

The Role of New Mobility in Safer Streets - Feb. 18

New mobility options have transformed our streets and roadways and will play a role in getting to zero roadway fatalities. This webinar, in partnership with the New Urban Mobility Alliance, looks at how planning for new mobility can address transportation safety and access concerns. Watch the webinar.

Road to Zero Coalition Annual Meeting - Feb. 4

Watch the meeting.

On the Road to Zero: Putting Safety into Practice - Jan. 21

One of the pillars of the Road to Zero strategy is doubling down on what works. This webinar highlights these tactics and countermeasures, as well as a new Road to Zero webpage featuring proven resources. Hear from two speakers putting safety into practice. Get the presentation. Watch the webinar.

2020 Events

On the Road to Zero: Child Passenger Safety - Dec. 8

Explore child passenger safety, including current training, trends and research, and opportunities to improve child passenger safety both systematically and in your own community. Watch the webinar.

Transportation Safety for Youth from A to Z - Nov. 19

Explore efforts to keep students safe, including UNICEF and the Child Health Initiative’s Guidance on Safe and Healthy Journeys to School during COVID-19, as well as other efforts to improve transportation safety, tactics deployed across the globe and how to put it into practice. Watch the webinar.

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. Watch the webinar.

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

Watch the webinar.

Connecting Prioritizing Safety with Transportation Equity - Sept. 22

The Road to Zero Prioritizing Safety Committee has developed a roadmap to implement and incorporate equity in transportation safety. Learn the importance of equity in safe systems and explore ways to make sure equity is at the foundation of our safety culture. Watch the webinar.

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

The Road to Zero Coalition kicked off the Equity in Transportation Safety sessions with a discussion on the intersection of transportation safety and equity. Get the presentation and the report, The Right to Move. Watch the webinar.

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

NSC, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Governors Highway Safety Association and AAA presented vehicle fatality estimates that correspond with the pandemic. Panelists discussed the role employers, legislators, and public health and safety professionals play in saving lives on the road as the U.S. grapples with the pandemic. Get the SAFER playbook on transportation. Watch the webinar.

Socioeconomic Status Factors in Motor Vehicle Fatality Mitigation Efforts - June 17

Featuring representatives from University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute. Watch the webinar.

Road to Zero Meeting - 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. Watch the webcast.

Road to Zero Meeting - 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. Watch the webcast.

Road to Zero Meeting - 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. Watch the webcast.

Road to Zero Meeting - 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. Watch the webcast.

Road to Zero Meeting - 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. Get the agenda and the presentation. Watch the webcast.

Road to Zero Meeting - Jan. 22

With Road to Zero Coalition grant funds, America Walks and the UNC Highway Safety Research Center in 2018 provided training, technical assistance and mini grants to 12 communities to facilitate their shift toward Safe Systems approaches to solving the rise in pedestrian fatalities and injuries. Watch the webcast.

2019 Events

Road to Zero Meeting - Dec. 18

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

Safety Culture 101 - Dec. 4

An introduction to safety culture and transportation moderated by Dr. David Yang, executive director of AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Panelists were 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. Watch the webcast.

Road to Zero Meeting - Nov. 7

An Introduction to Safe Systems in the U.S. Watch the webcast.

Road to Zero Meeting - Oct. 16

Topic is Speed Management for Safety, featuring the Institute of Transportation Engineers in partnership with the Vision Zero Network. Watch the webcast

Road to Zero Meeting - Sept. 25

Topic is Target Zero: Underutilized Strategies to Reduce Traffic Fatalities. Watch the webcast.

2018 Events

Road to Zero Meeting - Dec. 4

Watch the webcast. Following the meeting, NSC and leaders in the insurance industry hosted a 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.

Road to Zero Meeting - Sept. 13: CANCELED

Coalition meeting scheduled in Washington, D.C., was canceled due to Hurricane Florence.

Road to Zero Meeting - June 28

The 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. Watch the webcast.

Speakers and presentations:

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

Lifesavers Conference - April 22

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 NSC president and CEO, was keynote speaker during the opening plenary. Get her presentation.

Road to Zero Meeting - March 20

Road to Zero Coalition meeting was held 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. Watch the webcast.

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

Road to Zero Meeting - Dec. 12

The Road to Zero Coalition met at Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health in Washington, D.C. Get the meeting agenda. Watch Part 1 and Part 2.

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.

Road to Zero Meeting - Oct. 13

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. Watch the webcast.

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:

Road to Zero Meeting - June 13

The Road to Zero Coalition met at the Association of the U.S. Army, Arlington, VA. Get the agenda here. Watch Part 1 and Part 2.

After a welcome from NSC President and CEO Debbie Hersman:

Road to Zero Meeting - March 1

The Road to Zero Coalition met at the Association of the U.S. Army, Arlington, VA. Get the Coalition meeting recap here. Watch Part 1 and Part 2.

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

Rand Framing Workshop - Jan. 26-27

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

2016 Events

Road to Zero Coalition Launch - Dec. 15

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

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