Vision Zero Conference 2018

Hosted by Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia

March 17, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM

at First District Plaza

3801 Market Street

Philadelphia, PA

Please join the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and a host of city and state officials and special guests as we discuss proactive solutions for making our streets safer.

Each year, about 100 people die and thousands more are injured from preventable traffic crashes on Philadelphia’s streets. Vision Zero seeks to change the reality–and the conception–that traffic deaths are inevitable. The Bicycle Coalition’s priorities and conferences seek to bring this policy into the forefront.

The 3rd Annual Vision Zero Conference hosted by the Bicycle Coalition will help anyone interested in getting involved in making the streets safer in their own community.  You will learn what the City is doing to reduce crashes and hear from experts who will outline steps anyone can take to improve the quality of life of this great city.

Click here to register for tickets.

Click here to learn how to become a conference sponsor.

Click here for a recap of our 2017 conference.

There will be a continental breakfast and lunch. For those who need it, daycare will be provided for children older than 12 months. See the day’s schedule below.

9:00 – 9:15 AM Keynote: Mayor Jim Kenney

9:15 – 10:15 AM Vision Zero 101

The Mayor’s Executive Order has committed Philadelphia to eliminating all roadway deaths by 2030. Subsequently, the City released a Vision Zero Action Plan in September 2017. This session will review the basic elements of this plan from the City, police, and community perspectives.


Sarah Clark Stuart – Executive Director, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia


Kelley Yemen – Director of Complete Streets, Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems, City of Philadelphia

Richard J. Montanez, P.E. – Deputy Commissioner of Transportation, City of Philadelphia Streets Department

Dennis Wilson, Deputy Commissioner Special Operations, Philadelphia Police Department

Stephanie Wall – Project Manager, People’s Emergency Center

10:15 – 10:30 AM Coffee Break

10:30 – 11:30 AM Vision Zero Best Practices

Learn strategies from around the country and the world that other advocates and municipalities have successfully implemented to promote and advance Vision Zero. Panelists from New York City, Washington DC, and Philadelphia will provide local, national and global perspectives, describing tactics ranging from grassroots organizing and politician involvement, to designing safe streets for people of every age.


Joseph T. Piscitello, Esquire – Piscitello Law – Bike Law PA


David Shepard – Families for Safer Streets, NYC

Mary Cheh – Councilperson, Council of the District of Columbia

Angela Foreshaw-Rouse – Manager, State Operations & Community Outreach, AARP

Helen Gym, Philadelphia Councilmember At-Large

11:30 AM Lunch   

Video Message

Leslie Richards – Secretary, PennDOT


Latanya Byrd


Ivan Cheung, PhD – Transportation Research Analyst, National Transportation Safety Board

A review of the National Transportation Safety Board’s 2017 report examining the causes of traffic crashes and ways of preventing these crashes.

Afternoon Breakout Sessions

12:35 – 1:50 PM

Breakout #1: Neighborhood Champions Training

Using a game show format, participants will learn what they can do to make their neighborhood streets safer. Representatives from government and community organizations will present specific tools they use to create safer streets. The audience will produce a list of traffic safety challenges they face in their communities, which will populate a spinning wheel. Panelists will “buzz in” to offer solutions, tactics, and tools via a game show format.


Corey Bell, Constituent Services Representative, Philadelphia City Council, Office of the Council President


Bridget Palombo – Director of Community & Economic Development,

Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM)

Nolan Lawrence – Quality Assurance Manager, 311 Office, City of Philadelphia

Ariel Diliberto – Citizen Planning Institute

Breakout #2: Encouraging Safe & Courteous Behavior

This panel will address what it is involved in changing behavior and how Philadelphia can foster a culture of safety through individual actions. While public education and individual behavior are only a slice of the Vision Zero pie, it is important and takes ingenuity and resources to do it well. Presenters from three City of Philadelphia departments, as well as the NYC Department of Transportation, along with the Bicycle Coalition’s Education Programs Manager, will share their strategies, challenges, and perspectives on how to encourage safe and courteous behavior from all road users.


Shari Shapiro – Head of Public Affairs, Pennsylvania and Delaware, Uber


Anjali Chainani – Director of Policy and GovLabPHL, Mayor’s Office,

City of Philadelphia

Nic Esposito – Zero Waste and Litter Director, City of Philadelphia

Sgt. Eric Gripp – Social and Digital Media Manager, Philadelphia Police Department

Michelle Kaucic, Director of Strategic Communications, NYC Department of Transportation

Greg Young – Education Programs Manager, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia

2:00 – 3:15

Breakout #3: Making Streets Safe & Fun

Philadelphia is implementing a host of projects that aim to make our streets safer and more fun to use. The combination of design and engineering with education and outreach, activates streets in new ways that just might  revolutionize the way Philadelphians experience their streets.

Moderator: Dena Driscoll – Co-Chair, 5th Square and Founder, Kidical Mass PHL


Waffiyyah Murray – Better Bike Share Partnership Program Manager, Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems, City of Philadelphia

Charlotte Castle – Vision Zero & Neighborhood Programs Coordinator, Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems, City of Philadelphia

Nate Hommel – Director of Planning and Design, University City District

Marcus Ferreira and Sean O’Rourke – SOSNA Grays Ferry Triangles Committee Members

Anuj Gupta – General Manager, Reading Terminal Market

Jonas Maciunas AICP, JVM Studio

Breakout #4: Engineering Solutions for Safer Streets

What engineering solutions have proven successful at calming streets in Philadelphia? Presenters from government, engineering firms, and business improvement districts will describe Philadelphia projects that used specific engineering designs and treatments to solve traffic safety challenges and create roads that provide greater safety benefits to pedestrians, transit users, bicyclists and motorists.

Moderator: Dr. Megan Reyerson, University of Pennsylvania, Research Director, Mobility21; Assistant Professor, Department of City & Regional Planning, Department of Electrical & Systems Engineering


Angela Dixon – Director of Planning, Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems, City of Philadelphia

Orla Pease – Associate Vice President, AECOM Transportation Northeast Region

Ed Myers – Senior Principal Engineer, Kittelson & Associates

Spencer Finch – Project Manager and Sustainability Leader, Langan Engineering

Andrew Stober – Vice President of Planning and Economic Development, University City District

Steve Chiaramonte, Supervision Transportation Planner, WSP

Closing Remarks

3:30 – 4:00 PM Michael DiBerardinis, Managing Director, City of Philadelphia

Click here to register for tickets.

Click here to learn how to become a conference sponsor.

Click here for a recap of our 2017 conference.

Extreme gratitude to our 2018 sponsors (list in progress): Special media sponsor Urban Engineers; Platinum sponsors AARP Philadelphia and Uber; Gold sponsor Piscitello Law; Silver sponsors AECOM and WSP; Bronze sponsors SEPTALanespotterJacobs, PexcoBoles Smyth Associates Inc., CHPlanning, and Jeffrey Benoliel & Amy Branch; Supporting sponsors Stuart Leon Bicycle Crash Law, Langan EngineeringGilmore & Associates, Michael Baker InternationalJohnson, Mirmiran & Thompson, Inc. and Solnick & Associates; and Expo sponsors Kittelson & Associates, NV5McCormick Taylor, KMJ Consulting, Inc. and Traffic Planning and Design, Inc.