The Bicycle Coalition has been at work for a Vision Zero Policy for Philadelphia for quite some time. Vision Zero — a policy that seeks to reduce all traffic deaths in a given area to zero in a given amount of time — was an important ask for the Coalition during the 2015 campaign season, and we’re still pushing hard for a comprehensive policy implementation plan.
That’s why we’re putting on our first Vision Zero Mini-Forum of 2016 — to maintain momentum and keep discussions going. Call it a follow-up to last December’s Vision Zero Philadelphia Conference, in which hundreds of Philadelphians came to Thomas Jefferson University to listen to a day of panels about how Philadelphia can bring its traffic deaths down to zero.
The mini-forum will take place on Thursday, March 24, from 8:30am – 10:00am, and will be hosted by the Jefferson Center for Injury Research and Prevention of Thomas Jefferson University at Alumni Hall.
The Vision Zero Symposium panel will examine opportunities to implement automatic enforcement options to enhance and support the more traditional efforts to change driver behavior, especially ways that encourage compliance with speed limits in areas such as Roosevelt Blvd which are known for their high rate of injury and fatalities.
Every city and nation that has made significant progress towards Vision Zero Initiatives has implemented policies to effectively manage speed. Philadelphia’s new mayor Jim Kenney recently released his transition report, which includes the establishment of a Vision Zero Task Force to lay out measurable goals, and other issues related to the Bicycle Coalition’s and the Administration’s shared goal to make our streets safer for all road users (drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and public transit users).
We hope to see Philadelphia’s Vision Zero plan take a comprehensive data driven approach to lay out strategies that will include infrastructure improvements, public education, and effective speed limit enforcement. In other words, where are crashes happening with regularity – and what steps can be taken to reduce the conditions that cause crashes.
The Vision Zero Mini-Forum panel will examine opportunities to implement automatic enforcement options to enhance and support the more traditional efforts in changing driver behavior, especially ways that encourage compliance with speed limits in areas of high injury and fatality.
This forum is another proactive step made by the Bicycle Coalition and outside leaders aligning in a collective effort to reduce economic cost of road injuries.
When: Thursday, March 24, 2016 – 8:30 to 10:00 AM
Where: Thomas Jefferson University, Alumni Hall, 1020 Locust St. Phila, PA 19107
- Pennsylvania State Representative John Taylor;
- Jonathan Rogers, Project Manager for Vision Zero at the District Department of Transportation;
- Captain Francis Healy of the Philadelphia Police Department; and
- Wen Hu, Senior Transportation Research Engineer, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Moderator: CouncilmanAt-Large Al Taubenberger
Admission: $10 for Bicycle Coalition members, $45 for non-members