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Youth Road Safety: Community Tips and Resources

Zero traffic deaths goal introduced in Congress.

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August 2021

As back-to-school season hits full swing across the U.S., there are many questions facing communities on the best way to keep kids and teachers safe. One that needs no questioning is how we can help keep kids of all ages safe and active when traveling to and from school, no matter what their school year might look like. The Road to Zero Coalition is committed to achieving zero traffic deaths by 2050 and that includes addressing the alarming number of youth who die on our roadways each day. To help your community create safer routes for its youngest members, consider:

National Goal for Zero Traffic Deaths Introduced in Congress

In an encouraging step for the growing movement for Zero Traffic Deaths, a bipartisan resolution was introduced in the U.S. Congress calling for a commitment and actions to reach the goal of zero traffic deaths by 2050. 

Thanks to all the Road to Zero supporters who signed our petition calling for stepped-up national leadership for safe mobility for all people, especially in light of the alarming news that 42,060 people were killed in traffic crashes in 2020 – an 8% increase over 2019 despite fewer people driving due to pandemic conditions. We can and must do better. 

Thank you Sen. Richard Blumenthal and Rep. Jan Schakowsky for sponsoring the resolution, which recognizes the urgency of addressing the leading cause of death among youth in this country and calls for stepping up effective and equitable actions to prevent traffic deaths and severe injuries. Read about the resolution and how you can help move this important work forward.

Federal Advocacy Update

On Aug. 10, the U.S. Senate passed the bipartisan infrastructure bill that reauthorizes many U.S. Department of Transportation programs for five years. Also included in this bill are several provisions that the Road to Zero coalition offered in its 2018 report, including doubling down on what works, advancing safety technology and prioritizing safety with the safe system approach. The next step for this legislation is in the House of Representatives, and if enacted into law, we look forward to working with Congress and DOT to prioritize safety in its enactment of these provisions. As we know, safety never rests.

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  • Join FHWA for the Every Day Counts Safety Summit Series every Wednesday in September. Register now to learn about seven safety initiatives that can help save lives.
  • Contribute to a Vision Zero and Safe System-focused special edition in the journal Frontiers in Future Transportation, scheduled for publication by summer 2022. Contact Special Edition Co-Editor Nicholas J. Ward at [email protected] to learn more.
  • Missed this month’s Road to Zero webinar? Catch the recording to learn how we can turn pedestrian and bicyclist crash data into action.
  • The Governors Highway Safety Association recently released independent recommendations to advance equity in traffic safety programs. Download the full report and see the 10 recommendations now.
  • Check out the recording of a recent Vision Zero Network webinar highlighting the key findings of a study on pedestrian fatalities and learn how we can design our streets to prevent these deaths.
  • One suburb of Washington, D.C. became safer for cyclists during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows. Increased use of a robust network of off-road trails likely played a role. Learn more about this study now.

Save the Date

  • GHSA will host its annual meeting Sept. 11 to 15 in Denver.
  • On Sept. 22, Vision Zero Network will host leaders in the AV world for a discussion on the future of autonomous driving and Vision Zero. Register now to hear from the experts and share your ideas. Then, on Sept. 29, join Vision Zero Network for a discussion on how communities can re-think the role of enforcement in traffic safety to ensure these efforts are both effective and equitable.