Community Traffic Safety Grants

The Road to Zero Community Traffic Safety Grants, funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, are an annual opportunity to put the Road to Zero pillars into practice by supporting promising projects and programs that can help us achieve our mission of zero traffic fatalities.

These resources provide a full picture of the eligibility guidelines and expectations: 

Overview of the 2024 grant requirements

Webinar: Community Traffic Safety Grants 

● Hear from our previous grantees:

● Grantee Showcase One
Grantee Showcase Two – Use passcode: b*xsFm6X 

● Email [email protected] with additional questions 

See What Our Grantees Accomplished This Year

Click on 2023 Grant Recipients below to view short presentations about their projects.

Congratulations 2024 Grant Recipients

Grantee: America Walks
Project: Pedestrian Fatalities in Indian Country: Responding to a Crisis
Project goal: This project aims to address the disproportionate impact of pedestrian fatalities among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) individuals, largely due to unsafe road design, by focusing on re-designing roadways to reduce vehicle speeds through a Safe System approach and culture of safety. It involves educational initiatives, demonstration projects for traffic calming, and the elevation of the Policy Round Table on Tribal Pedestrian Safety into an annual event to implement effective interventions and address the crisis of pedestrian fatalities in tribal communities.

Grantee: University of Miami BikeSafe Program (KiDZ Neuroscience Center)
Project: Enhancing and Promoting Active School Travel Through a Safe System Approach
Project goal: The project will address pediatric pedestrian and bicycle injuries by creating a universal template for quick-build countermeasures, focusing on protected bike lanes and crosswalk visibility enhancements in Miami-Dade County Public Schools (M-DCPS), starting with Coconut Grove Elementary (CGE). By utilizing the Safe System Approach (SSA) and promoting a positive safety culture, the project seeks to implement proven safety countermeasures to improve neighborhood street design within a 2- to 5-mile radius of schools, thus enhancing safety and encouraging active school travel. Collaborating with local entities and stakeholders, including the University of Miami (UM) and relevant community partners, the project aims to develop, facilitate, and evaluate the implementation of these countermeasures.

Grantee: Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition, LivableStreets Alliance
Project: Educating All New Drivers on Vulnerable Road User Safety in Massachusetts
Project goal: MassBike, in collaboration with LivableStreets Alliance and the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV), aims to update driver education curricula in response to recent changes in Massachusetts State law, emphasizing the perspective of vulnerable road users to foster a culture of safety and prioritize the protection of all roadway users. Through the development of educational materials and curriculum, the project aims to shift the traffic safety culture in Massachusetts by emphasizing the importance of treating vulnerable users with care and respect, ultimately contributing to the Vision Zero framework and making roads safer for all.

Grantee: Families for Safe Streets, a project of Transportation Alternatives
Project: Stories for Safer Streets - A Narrative Based Approach to Combatting Traffic Violence
Project goal: Stories for Safe Streets (SFSS) is a comprehensive initiative focused on amplifying the voices of traffic crash victims and survivors through a multi-pronged approach, including a visual story map, increased outreach, and expanded support and training programs. By highlighting the personal stories of those impacted by traffic violence, SFSS seeks to challenge the complacency surrounding road safety and advocate for legislative and policy changes at the local, state, and federal levels. Building upon FSS's victim/survivor-led national movement, SFSS aims to provide emotional support and advocacy training to individuals affected by traffic crashes, while also promoting systemic changes to prevent future tragedies and ultimately achieve the goal of zero traffic deaths.

Grantee: The Ohio State University
Project: Development and Evaluation of Educational Videos to Demonstrate the Consequences of Child Restraint System Misuse
Project goal: This project aims to address the persistent issue of child restraint system (CRS) misuse in preventing pediatric occupant injuries in motor vehicle crashes. Despite the effectiveness of CRSs in reducing injury risk, studies have shown alarmingly high rates of misuse, leading to increased injury risks for children. This project seeks to create physically accurate videos illustrating the consequences of CRS misuse, evaluate their acceptance among child passenger safety technicians/instructors (CPST/Is), and assess their real-world effectiveness in reducing misuse rates. 

Grantee: Hofstra University
Project: Fostering Improved Public Awareness of Snow Squall Driving Danger with Virtual Reality
Project goal: This project aims to address the significant impact of extreme winter weather, particularly snow squalls, on roadway fatalities in the United States. Despite advancements in weather forecasting, winter conditions remain a leading cause of accidents and deaths. By focusing on the development of virtual reality (VR) simulations of snow squalls, available in both English and Spanish, the project seeks to enhance public awareness and preparedness for this hazardous weather phenomenon. Additionally, the project addresses the need for more accessible outreach tools by providing materials in languages commonly spoken in the region, thereby increasing equity and reaching a wider audience.

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