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. This webinar explores Vision Zero and how communities have begun to rethink engineering, education and enforcement to promote behavioral change.
Presenters 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.
• 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
Dongho Chang, PE, PTOE, City Traffic Engineer, City of Seattle
Arthur Ross, Pedestrian-Bicycle Coordinator, City of Madison
Heather Strassberger, AICP, Project Manager, WalkBoston
Recorded April 15, 2015
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