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July 29, 2022

Summer is a time for rest, relaxation … and new resources? If you’re a member of the traffic safety community, that seems to be the case as several important reports have hit the shelves in recent weeks. A few that caught our eyes are below, but send us an email or tag us on social media with tools that you are excited to put to work in our quest for zero traffic deaths:

An updated Dangerous by Design report from Smart Growth America explores recent fatality data and offers insights into contributing factors to the troubling numbers
Check out this supplemental resource from NACTO for a four-point plan on how to redesign our most dangerous streets and save lives

A new report from the National Safety Council offers 10 key lessons on what the future of mobility means for safer streets

An updated edition of Clearing the Confusion helps us clarify what exactly we’re talking about when we talk about vehicle technology

In addition to these reports, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration kicked off its Speeding Wrecks Lives public service campaign earlier this month. This campaign aims to change attitudes toward speeding and remind drivers of speeding’s deadly consequences. In 2020, 11,258 people were killed in speeding-related crashes, accounting for 29% of all fatal crashes in the U.S. Learn more about the campaign and get free resources to share this message all summer long.

Catch Up with Road to Zero Webinars

Looking for a good soundtrack to summer? Register now for our August webinar (rescheduled from earlier this month) on rural and tribal safety, or try listening to a recording of one of our recent webinars. Dive in deep to the role of a positive traffic safety culture. You can catch the recordings of all of our past webinars on our Events Archive page.

Advocacy Update

Most state legislatures have adjourned for the year, with a few exceptions. While many bills addressing traffic safety did not advance this year, there were some exceptions. The New York State Safe Streets Coalition advocated for a set of bills collectively known as the Crash Victim Rights and Safety act. Three of these were approved by the legislature, including a Complete Streets funding bill allowing many localities across the state to lower speed limits to 25 mph, and a bill requiring pre-licensing courses to include education on interacting with people who walk and bike. Governor Hochul has signed the pre-licensing bill, and advocates are still working to encourage her to sign the other bills into law.

Additionally, Washington State adopted a transportation funding bill which included a number of positive policy actions, including a new complete street requirement, providing free transit rides for all kids, and doubling the funding for Safe Routes to School and pedestrian and bicyclist projects. A few bills in Massachusetts, including new vulnerable road user protections and automated enforcement legislation, have received continued committee extensions, but the continued delay in moving them has made their fate uncertain. 

Grantee Update

From Beyond Traffic Safety: Advancing Personal Safety, Security, Sense of Belonging for BIPOC Portlanders

Portland’s Vision Zero and Equity and Inclusion teams are collaborating with the Research Justice Institute (RJI), an institute within the Coalition of Communities of Color, to develop a community engagement framework for advancing safety that is grounded in racial justice. The framework will outline how to engage respectfully and accountably with communities most affected by hate in the right-of-way. It will identify different methods of engagement, ways to collect, code and synthesize qualitative data, and agency commitments to community that will ensure accountability and action.

In addition, Portland’s Road to Zero team has developed selection criteria for candidate organizations who may want to engage in this work. A variety of groups internal to Portland’s transportation bureau have provided input based on organizational audience and reach, upcoming capital project partnership opportunities, and approaches to ensure this engagement builds a long-term, meaningful relationship.

Celebrating the Success of Local Safety Advocates

Another current grantee, Health by Design, is celebrating an updated Complete Streets Ordinance in Indianapolis, which was passed by the City-County Council June 6. Health by Design and their coalition partners organized a community conversation, sign-on letter and advocacy campaign in support of the policy update. The amended policy builds on the original 2012 ordinance to add equity, transparency and accountability measures that will continue moving Complete Streets efforts forward. As part of these accountability measures, a Fatal Crash Review team is being established to inform infrastructure improvements that will put Indianapolis on the Road to Zero. Learn more about the policy update and advocacy efforts on the Health by Design website.

New Funding Available from USDOT

Always wished your community had some money to make safety improvements? Now’s your chance with the new Safe Streets and Roads for All grant program from the U.S. Department of Transportation. Whether you’re in the planning or implementation stage, already working on improvements, or just getting started, there’s an opportunity for you. Check out these informational webinars and guidance on applying.

Still wondering if the new Safe Streets and Roads for All program is for you? Explore Vision Zero Network’s many new resources showing how to make the most of these grants.

Partner News and Updates

● Save the date – World Day of Remembrance is Nov. 20, 2022. Learn how you can participate or register an event.

● The new Reconnecting Communities program of the Department of Transportation looks to address the ways past transportation decision-making and design have created barriers. Learn more about this promising program.

● What took place on our roads during early pandemic lockdowns? IIHS explores in this new research.

● Here’s an import we would like to see more of: reaching zero deaths. Read about NTSB Chair Homendy’s perspective in this blog post, Reaching Zero, from Helsinki to Hoboken.

● NACTO is hitting the streets of Massachusetts for its 2022 conference. Learn more and register.

● A new resource from FHWA helps capture important crash data involving pedestrians and bicyclists. Check out the PBCAT Pedestrian and Bicycle Crash Analysis Tool Version 3.0 User Guide.

● Transparency and data are key to our efforts to make improvements on our streets. A new release from Uber does just that. Check it out now!

● Looking to develop a Vision Zero program in your community? The Collaborative Sciences Center for Road Safety (CSCRS) offers a  Vision Zero Plan Guide with tips for getting started.

● You can also join CSCRS for its next webinar, Safe vehicles: How effective are pedestrian crash prevention systems? July 27 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern. The webinar will explore the performance of pedestrian crash prevention systems in field test situations to understand their effectiveness and how they vary among vehicles. Register here.

● A new report from ITE looks at the prohibition of turns on red at signalized intersections. This informational report focuses on the current state of the practice and provides the history of turning prohibitions on red signals, along with ITE's role in addressing this topic in the past. Access the report now.

● Join an NSC new discussion series; the first session features Jessie Singer’s There Are No Accidents.

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