Could Your Drive be a Bike Ride?
As summer heats up, so can the rates of fatalities on our roads. It makes our work to come together, share insights and resources, and act decisively for traffic safety that much more important. This month, the Road to Zero summer series on rural and tribal safety launched. This focus will equip the Coalition to better address the disparities that we know exist in underserved and vulnerable communities. You can catch the recordings of our first two sessions below, but be sure to mark your calendars for Rural Road Safety Awareness Week July 18-22.
Miss out on one or both of this month’s webinars? You can catch the recording of our briefing ahead of Rural Road Safety Awareness Week, and get up to speed on safety with Back to Basics: Transportation Safety in Traditionally Underserved and Vulnerable Communities. Be sure to join us in July for the next webinar in our summer series, Putting it to Work: Strategies and Interventions in Traditionally Underserved and Vulnerable Communities. Our Doubling Down on What Works working group will also be hosting a deep dive on traffic safety culture, a can’t miss 90-minute session.
An astonishing 15,000 comments were filed in response to NHTSA’s recent request related to updates to the NCAP. It was heartening to see so many of you take time to use your voice to encourage safer vehicle design. We encourage all of you to consider taking advantage of the open FMCSA comment on placing speed limiters on large trucks. You can read more about Road to Zero’s position on the issue in our priority statement here.
Road to Zero Coalition staff had an opportunity to convene the 2022 Community Traffic Safety grantees earlier this month. It was inspiring to hear all that they have planned for the coming year, and we will be sharing periodic updates here in our newsletter as they make progress. Get a head start by reading about the awards here.
Here’s a quick update from one of our Road to Zero Grantees, University of Massachusetts and Sara’s Wish Foundation. This grantee has conducted exploratory research to gather and analyze information regarding motorcoach seat belt use in the New England area and California, identify and test the effectiveness of promotional actions to increase seat belt use among motorcoach passengers, and create an effective national motorcoach seat belt campaign “kit” to increase seat belt use on motorcoaches.
The implementation of selected promotional actions helped to significantly increase seat belt use on the motorcoach services surveyed in both the New England area and California, and allowed the grantee to develop a highly customizable promotional “kit” for motorcoach operators that is easy to implement and will soon be available for nationwide distribution.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has a new grant available to local communities from the bipartisan infrastructure bill — the Safe Streets and Roads for All grant program. This funding will award money to cities, tribes and local communities to improve safety on the ground for all roadway users. Hear from Secretary Buttigieg and local leaders about why this program could be a game changer in how we address traffic safety. Want to help make sure this program and others are a success? There are various job openings with the Department of Transportation.