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Mark Your Calendars: Where We're Going in 2023

Register Now for Our Annual Meeting

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Jan. 25, 2023

Exciting things are afoot for 2023 and the Road to Zero Coalition. We are ready to lead the way on mobility safety, providing new resources to our members and supporting efforts at the local, state and national levels to address the devastating trend of traffic violence. A few things to expect in 2023:

● Our Safe System working group has new leadership: The University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center (UNC-HSRC) has agreed to take over guidance of the working group from long-time chair ITE. UNC-HSRC will identify new resources and tactics to deliver on implementation, amplify best practices and promote a culture of safety. More on this below!

● We are back in person! Our Annual Meeting will be held on February 28 in Washington, D.C. Register here to attend in person (space is limited). For those unable to make it, you can still register for the virtual option.

● Road to Zero will establish a new task force to confront the role vehicle design plays in traffic safety. More to come on our efforts to bring together stakeholders around messaging and communications, consumer education, policy and regulation, and research.

Grantees in the Headlines

Did you catch any recent stories of Road to Zero grantees in the news? The Washington Post highlighted WABA’s near-miss data collection efforts in Washington, D.C. This project engages youth and will be critical in improving proactive safety interventions. Good Morning America, meanwhile, featured previous grantee VTTI and their work to improve sharing the road with heavy trucks.

UNC-HSRC and the Safe System Working Group

We are enormously grateful to ITE for their dedicated leadership to our Safe System working group. After years of successful guidance, the Safe System working group will have a new team at the helm in 2023. As the new leader of this working group, UNC-HSRC will aim to disseminate the very best Safe System-aligned practices to practitioners and the public throughout the United States, connect communities to Safe System technical expertise, and dispel myths and identify barriers to Safe System implementation. If you are interested in working with the team as a member of the working group, please complete this form.

Register Today for Our Next Webinar

People of all ages deserve safe and accessible mobility options. Our webinar on Feb. 2, 2023, will explore resources, data and case studies around improving mobility for older adults. Register today!

Stay up to Date with Our Partners

● What are we missing when we message around traffic safety? Join the National Safety Council and special guest Tom Flood for the latest Countersteer Session. Check out this blog for more details and a chance to contribute to the conversation.

● Join Vision Zero Network TODAY for a webinar on advocacy for slower streets. Can’t make it under the wire? Follow that link for a recording that will be available soon.

● You can also join CSCR for another session TODAY, Reframing Crash Reporting in News Media. Register now or check back soon for the recording.

● NACTO cities are leading the way in designing streets that are truly safe and inviting for bicyclists of all ages and abilities. Check out this new NACTO guidance, developed by practitioners from all across North America, for insight into how cities can build bicycle infrastructure.

● NACTO also has a new resource, Structured for Success, designed to help transportation agencies align their internal conditions to achieve their goals and objectives. Take a look to see how it can guide your work toward safer transportation.

● Today’s teen drivers face some of the most dangerous roads of their lives. DriveitHOME, an NSC program, has teamed up with Honda to address these risks by providing free virtual parent nights in 15 states. Learn more and share this opportunity with parents of teens and those working with new drivers.

●  Pedestrian safety is crucial when it comes to arterial roadways. Make the case for improving arterials to address pedestrian safety with this new resource from PBIC.

● Zero is a big goal but it is possible. That’s why we’re celebrating Jersey City and the steps they took to make it happen.

● The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) is holding its annual Workshop and Law Institute March 8 – 9, 2023, in San Antonio, TX. The Workshop features multiple tracks designed for a variety of stakeholders, including a Road Safety track offering sessions on Distracted Driving, Motorcycle Safety, Impaired Driving, Ignition Interlock Program Best Practices and other important safety topics. All are invited to attend and can register now.

● After an increase in roadway deaths, Indianapolis set up a public-facing commission to review deadly crashes on city streets. Learn more about this groundbreaking effort and how it could be adopted by other cities across the country.

● We’re now in the midst of National Passenger Safety Week 2023, an observance aimed at empowering passengers to speak up and intervene when their lives are endangered by an unsafe driver. Check out this campaign and see how you can join this important effort before the week is over.  

● Check out the first ever collection of Wins & Wrecks for the Vision Zero movement. This list rounds up a cross-section of bright spots in roadway safety and opportunities to improve.

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