Vision Zero Conference 2017

More than 200 people came to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s Vision Zero 2017 Conference, and took part in discussions on how to create new streets all over Philadelphia that respect human dignity for everyone.

The day’s speakers included doctors, planners, politicians, engineers, crossing guards, advocates, experts, and plenty more in fields that can help make streets safer for all road users.

Less than a week after the conference, we were pleased to see the City of Philadelphia had released its Vision Zero Draft Action plan for the city, which we wrote about here and can be viewed here.

Media coverage

The 2017 Vision Zero Conference was covered by media outlets all over Philadelphia. Here are some of the reports from the day.

Metro Philly: Cyclists Champion Vision Zero

CBS Philly: Philadelphia’s Vision Zero: Making Streets Safer For Pedestrians, Bicyclists And Motorists

Plan Philly: City Plans Parking-Protected Bike Lane on Chestnut Street

Our reports from Conference

From Bicycle Coalition Blog: Designing Streets for All Road Users

From Bicycle Coalition Blog: Safety Audits for Problem Corridors

Videos from Conference

The following videos were recorded on a phone and streamed live on Facebook. (Please bear in mind the quality is poor and image is backwards.)

From Personal to Practical: Designing Safer Streets for Every Road User (feat. Kate Mundie, Mary Mills, Charles W. Horton Jr., and Bridget Palombo)

Changes in Motion: Safety Projects Across Philadelphia (feat. Megan Rosenbach, Jeannette Brugger, Francis Healy, Scott Sauer, Bettyann Creighton, Michael Carroll)

Lunch Session (feat. Jason Duckworth, William Armbuster, Emiko Atherton, Kelley Yemen and Roy Gothie)


The Bicycle Coalition has now held three Vision Zero Conferences — two full-day conferences and a mini forum — and we’ve now seen real results from that. Since the first conference, which featured a speech from then-Mayor-Elect Jim Kenney, the city unveiled its first protected bike lane, the state passed an extension to its red light camera bill, the city created its first Complete Streets Office, and a Vision Zero Task Force was formed.

Philadelphia’s Bike/Ped Coordinator Jeannette Brugger, as noted in the above press coverage, announced plans for a Chestnut Street protected bike lane at this year’s conference, which we’ve been pushing for since 2011.

And within a week of the third conference, the city released its first Vision Zero Draft Action Plan, the first such report ever put together by Philadelphia. Mayor Jim Kenney also pushed to increase the city’s paving budget beginning in Fiscal Year 2017, an ask the Bicycle Coalition first proposed back in our Safer Streets for Philadelphia 2014 report.

For those who have not yet read it, check out the city’s Vision Zero Draft Action Plan. And they want your response to the plan. So go ahead and give it to them

Eight days after the conference, Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. unveiled a new Safe Streets bill in Philadelphia City Council. The bill would require changes to intersections where deadly crashes take place.

We were very glad to see the sheer number of people who came out to Vision Zero 2017. And please note that this conference, and many such conferences in years to come, is not possible without the support of our sponsors and partners.

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