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Apply Now: New Community Traffic Safety Grants

Hear a special message from NHTSA Acting Administrator Ann Carlson

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Nov.. 30, 2022

Mobility safety champions are heroes. They transform communities, unlock paths to safer journeys and build connections between people. Their efforts change lives by saving lives. Heroes don’t work alone, however, and that’s why the Road to Zero Coalition recently launched applications for a new round of Community Traffic Safety Grants to support the efforts of mobility safety heroes across the U.S. Not all heroes wear capes, but all heroes should apply for funds to turn their ideas into action. Hear from NHTSA Acting Administrator Ann Carlson on why you should apply, then click through below to start your application!

World Day of Remembrance

Communities across the U.S. recently joined hundreds of cities worldwide to remember those lost to traffic violence and call for swift action to address our national roadway safety crisis on World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. This year, over 50 communities supported the Safe Streets to Save Lives theme through bike rides, rallies, visual demonstrations and more.  Advocates were joined by decision makers at the local, state and national levels, including Secretary Pete Buttigieg who spoke with Lorraine Martin, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, and Amy Cohen, co-founder of Families for Safe Streets, on the topic of mobility safety. See the video of their conversation below and read an in-depth recap of this year’s World Day of Remembrance.

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Catch up on the Latest Road to Zero Webinars

Want to catch up on previous webinars? Get a start with November’s session on breaking down barriers to safe walking and biking then check out our full archive of previous sessions. As we plan out topics to explore in 2023, we want to hear from you! Email us with ideas for topics or speakers.

Grantee Updates

Shannon Frattaroli and Wendy Shields from the Johns Hopkins University grant team attended the Tribal Road Safety Conference, organized by their Road to Zero project partners Jerrod Moore and Jodee Dennison, in Denver the first week in November. Dr. Frattaroli delivered a keynote address titled, Safe Systems for Road Safety. They also met with lots of partners from tribal communities and government agencies who will be assisting with their Teach Out, planned for early 2023.

As winter approaches, the Northwest Center in Chicago recently wrapped up its hugely successful weekly bike rides, averaging over 20 community residents. Starting in December, there will be a transition to a series called Pump the Breaks, which will provide transportation resources and serve as a space for all residents to learn more about how to get around the community safely. 

Partner News

● Traffic safety is a global issue but the U.S. stands out for its rising deaths. Read this deep dive on the issue from the New York Times.

● What drives distracted driving? New research from IIHS suggests that smartphone-enabled distractions are utilized at higher rates by gig-economy workers and parents. Read more here.

● Another new study from IIHS highlights the impressive effects automatic emergency braking has on rear-end crash rates for pickups, yet points out that few pickups are equipped with this feature. Dig more into the study now.

● Explore the intersection of community design and mobility safety with the next session of the new NSC discussion series, Countersteer, on Dec. 7. Register now!

● Join fellow traffic safety champions at the 2023 Lifesavers conference in Seattle. Registration is now open!

● A new FHWA study explores global lessons on improving pedestrian safety on urban arterials. See the new study results to learn more.

● Add your voice to the growing conversation of emerging mobility topics at the 2023 Urbanism Next conference in Portland, Oregon. Proposals for presentations and workshops can be submitted here.

● Election day might be in the past but that doesn’t mean our efforts to hold decision makers accountable on traffic safety are over. Check out this blog for four questions to take to your local elected official to find out their priorities on traffic safety.

● The National Center for Rural Road Safety’s YouTube channel features their webinar on Complete Streets. Take a look to learn more.

● San Francisco looks to tackle speed with a new report exploring the data behind the role of speed in fatal crashes and tools to create safer streets. This is a great model for other communities and an important reminder that we have strategies that work to save lives!

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