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Community Traffic Safety Grants

The Road to Zero Coalition’s Community Traffic Safety Grants, funded by NHTSA, aim to fund projects, programs and research that help achieve the mission of zero traffic deaths. The 2023 awarded projects will help address the recent troubling rise in roadway fatalities through implementing the three pillars of the Road to Zero strategy: doubling down on what works, advancing life-saving technology in vehicles and infrastructure, and adopting a Safe Systems approach.

This work is crucially important, as NSC estimates indicate that 2022 marked the second year in a row where we lost more than 46,000 people on our roads. Each life lost is someone’s friend, loved one or neighbor, and each loss is preventable.

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Congratulations 2023 Grant Recipients

Grantee: Regents of the University of Michigan
Project: Exploring Vehicle Technologies to Address Safety Equity Issues in a Diverse Population
Project goal: The goal of this proposed study is to create a virtual database by using diverse human body models to evaluate the effectiveness of different vehicle safety technologies on addressing safety equity issues in future MVCs, including those in ride-sharing and vehicles equipped with ADS.

Grantee: Texas A&M Transportation Institute
Project: Growing Support for the Safe System Approach
Project goal: The goal of this project is to develop and implement a survey to assess support for the SSA (and its principles and elements) among the general public. Support for the SSA among the public can be used to promote the approach with key stakeholders. The deliverables for this project include a survey, survey key findings from a national sample, and guidance for other jurisdictions to replicate the survey. The expected outcome from this project is to better understand the level of current support for the SSA among the general public. Potentially, these results could be used by safety champions to challenge misperceptions among key stakeholders and leaders. Such misperceptions (e.g., “the public will never go for that…”) can act as barriers and embolden those resistant to change. However, data from the public can directly challenge such misperceptions.

Grantee: National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS)
Project: Youth Transportation Equity Fellowship
Project goal: National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) is launching a Youth Transportation Equity Fellowship, designed for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) youth (18-25) to engage in an 10-month immerse educational and community engagement experience addressing hyperlocal transportation inequities related to pedestrian deaths. The fellowship addresses how transportation inequities have further exacerbated pedestrian deaths in BIPOC communities through policies, infrastructure investments/divestments, and political actions. Fellows will be equipped with knowledge, skills and a community to implement proven countermeasures through the Double Down on What Works and Prioritizing Safety Pillar of the Road to Zero Coalition.

Grantee: Regents of the University of California, Santa Barbara
Project: Evidence Based Data Dashboard to Reduce E-bicycle Deaths/Injuries for Santa Barbara County
Project goal: Our goal is to reduce e-bicycling related deaths/injuries by collecting data, generating knowledge, and deploying tools needed for evidence-based advocacy and decision making aimed to improve e-bike safety. This project will be conducted primarily in Santa Barbara County through partnerships with MOVE Santa Barbara County, the regional pro-bicycle and pedestrian advocacy group, and the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG), the regional transportation planning organization.

Grantee: Denver Streets Partnership
Project: Ebike Education and Safety Training
Project goal: The public need combined with the Denver Streets Partnership’s Bicycle Colorado’s expertise are the foundation for the proposed new eBike course Confident eBike Rider (CER). This new course will be designed for all levels of skills and abilities with a primary focus on giving participants the tools necessary for high comfort and safety when riding an eBike. Bicycle safety equipment will be provided for all who complete the course and evaluation. In addition, eBike resources will be hosted online including educational videos that supplement the Confident eBike Rider course. Finally, eBike confidence rides will be offered to any individual who completes the CER course. The routes for the confidence rides will be designed with an emphasis on highlighting current and future bicycle infrastructure in Denver and Colorado.

Grantee: Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works   
Project: Inspiring a Safer Miami through Inclusive Outreach and Education
Project goal: DTPW is requesting $200,000 from the Program to fund activities under its Vision Zero initiative including $120,000 to develop a Vision Zero Data Sharing Dashboard and $80,000 to launch a pilot of the Community Partners multilingual post-project outreach and educational program. These activities, among others, further DTPW’s unwavering commitment to achieving the Vision Zero goal of zero fatalities and zero serious injuries by the year 2040.

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