The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia teamed with Thomas Jefferson University and presenting sponsor AAA for the first-ever Vision Zero Conference in Philadelphia on Thursday.
The event was a huge success; about 250 people were in attendance to listen to speakers from all over North America about the politics, health and safety of a Vision Zero Policy. These photos were taken by Zach Mentzer and Randy LoBasso. If you have any you’d like us to share, tweet them to us at @bcgp. Also check out our photos and videos from the day on our Instagram account.
Vision Zero is based on the concept that road crashes are not accidents, but are preventable events. A Vision Zero Policy seeks to reduce all traffic deaths in a given area to zero. The Bicycle Coalition and its partners believe Philadelphia can make this happen. But it’s going to take a joint-effort between city departments, health experts, activists, and transportation advocates working together.
Each year, there are 11,000 crashes in Philadelphia, nearly 100 deaths, and thousands of injuries. Pedestrians and cyclists are our most vulnerable road users and lack real protection against thousand-plus-pound vehicles. This was Philadelphia’s first conference based on the concept that we can work together to end these deaths and injuries.
Oh, and hey, our hashtag, #VisionZeroPHL was trending all day — so thanks to all who tweeted from the conference!
— Bike Coalition Phila (@bcgp) December 3, 2015
— Dena Driscoll (@bikemamadelphia) December 3, 2015
— Mister Benjamin (@rkbtwo) December 3, 2015
National experts in safety design, engineering, education and enforcement from both the public and private sectors shared their expertise and experience to help lay the groundwork for a goal and action plan that is tailored to Philadelphia and employs best practices.