For the Vision Zero Conference we host three afternoon breakout sessions that attendees get to choose from. This year our afternoon breakout sessions will focus on improving traffic safety on N. Broad St, transit funding, and learning from Pittsburgh’s MoveForwardPGH program.

Case Study: Cleaner, Greener, and Safer on N. Broad St
Mayor Parker’s Green, Clean and Safety initiatives are the main focus of her first 100 day plan for Philadelphia. We will look at the economic developments and road safety improvements coming to North Broad Street as the method to make North Broad the cleanest, greenest, and safest street in America. The conversation will be moderated by North Broad Renaissance Executive Director, Shalimar Thomas featuring speakers Dr. Ken Scott from Beech Community Services, Nancy Gephart from Shift Capital, Luke Kirby from Tropical Smoothie Cafe, Martin Droz from Temple Planning and Chris Cordaro from EB Realty Management Corp.

Passing the Hat: Shared Transit Funding in PA
Proposed state funds would prevent drastic service cuts and fare increases for the Philadelphia region, but local governments contribute only $17 per person annually while systems like WMATA in DC contribute $70. Ambitious capital projects like the Boulevard Subway come up against SEPTA’s $5billion state-of-good-repair deficit. A stable, safe, and reliable transit system requires diverse funding and collaboration. This panel investigates those local, regional, and state players, and how their respective roles can give our transit the funding it needs. The conversation will be moderated by former PennDOT secretary Barry Schoch featuring speakers Mike Boyer from DVRPC, SEPTA Board President Ken Lawrence Jr., Council Member Rue Landau, and State Representative Ben Waxman. 

Learning from our Neighbors: MoveForwardPGH
MoveForwardPGH was a two-year initiative of the City of Pittsburgh’s Department of Mobility and Infrastructure (DOMI) to rapidly implement their new 2020 Bike(+) Plan, which calls for 120 miles of new or enhanced bicycle connections. This was the City’s first bicycle master plan since 1999, and is focused on increasing network connections for those on bikes and other low-speed devices. We will hear from BikePGH, DOMI, POGOH, and Streetlight about the learning opportunities and biggest takeaways of this program. The conversation will be moderated by Director of the Philadelphia office of Complete Streets, Kelley Yemen featuring Angela Martinez, Assistant Director, Pittsburgh Department of Mobility & Infrastructure, Scott Bricker from BikePGH, Erin Potts from POGOH, and Ted Reinhold from Streetlight. 

For the past decade, the Bicycle Coalition has hosted the annual Vision Zero PHL conference, bringing together safe street advocates, elected officials, planners, engineers and other key stakeholders. This year’s conference takes place on March 22nd at Temple University’s Student Center South. Please join us or consider becoming a sponsor. Complete details available here.

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