Legal Rights and Issues for Pedestrians and Cyclists
• Understand the background and focus of the Vision Zero concept, and how laws relating to vulnerable road users relate to this concept
• Identify strategies for implementing a Vision Zero plan
• Recognize ways to improve laws that protect pedestrians and cyclists
Traffic laws that ensure the safety and fair treatment of pedestrians and cyclists vary widely from state to state, and within states. Is there a better alternative? Vision Zero uses one simple idea to reframe the issue of legal rights for vulnerable users: all citizens have the right to safe mobility—on a par with the right to clean air or safe drinking water. The Vision Zero approach to mobility prioritizes safety and presumes that traffic fatalities are preventable; the focus is on changing transportation culture. APBP’s next two webinars (April 15 and May 20) explore Vision Zero and how communities have begun to rethink engineering, education and enforcement to promote behavioral change.
Presenters will discuss the origins of Vision Zero, the implications of Vision Zero for equity, key factors in implementation, and the roles of advocacy groups and law enforcement. The City of Seattle’s Vision Zero plan provides an example of a plan that integrates policy, regulations, street design and law enforcement to achieve a visionary goal of ending traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. The webinar concludes with a discussion of ways to clarify and improve laws and regulations that protect vulnerable road users.
Dongho Chang, PE, PTOE, City Traffic Engineer, City of Seattle
Arthur Ross, Pedestrian-Bicycle Coordinator, City of Madison
Heather Strassberger, AICP, Project Manager, WalkBoston
Continuing Education Credits: APBP will provide an attendance certificate to those who document their professional development hours; each 60-minute webinar provides one hour of training (.1 CEU). APBP applies to the AICP for Certification Maintenance credit for each webinar.
All webinars will be recorded for later viewing. The fee to purchase a site license is $50 for APBP members, $85 for non-APBP members. Each site license includes one phone connection (toll charges apply, or use VoIP), one Internet connection, one set of handouts for unlimited attendees in the same location, and access to the recording. (You may be required to download free software from Citrix GoToMeeting in order to participate in the webinar.) APBP accepts Visa, MasterCard or AMEX.
APBP thanks these partners for generously underwriting this month's webinar: