During the 2023 Vision Zero Conference, we have breakout sessions in the morning and in the afternoon. In the morning there are three panels to choose from; The Future of Automated Speed Enforcement, Creating a More Equitable Chestnut Street, and Equitable Transit Strategies and the Effect of Vision Zero.
Our first morning breakout session will focus around The Future of Automated Speed Enforcement cameras. You will have the opportunity to learn about Philadelphia’s Automated Speed Enforcement Cameras pilot program that has been operating on Roosevelt Boulevard in North and Northeast Philadelphia for nearly three years. Local officials who have advocated for the expansion of this program will lead the conversation, and will discuss how automated enforcement cameras work in other cities.
This breakout session will be monitored by Latanya Byrd, the Co-Founder of Families for Safe Streets Greater Philadelphia and will feature Corinne O’Connor, Deputy Executive Director, Philadelphia Parking Authority, Angela Johnson-Rodriguez, PhD Student at Rutgers University, Charles Turner, Director of Automated Traffic Enforcement at the District Department of Transportation and Former Representative John Taylor, of Archer Public Affairs.
The second morning breakout session will explore how Philadelphia can work to Create a More Equitable Chestnut Street, as the congested nature of the street reduces transit reliability and decreases ridership. This session will explore several methods that are currently under consideration to increase enforcement of bus-lane traffic, speed up transit travel times, and regulate loading zones.
This breakout session will be monitored by Doug Robbins, Associate Vice President of AECOM, and will feature speakers Matt Zapson, Planning Project Manager at SEPTA, Andrew Simpson of Complete Streets District Manager, OTIS, Akshay Malik, Smart Cities Director City of Philadelphia, and Joanna Hecht, Transportation Planner at DVRPC.
The final morning breakout session is centered around understanding Equitable Transit Strategies and the Effect of Vision Zero. Public transit has an opportunity to create an equitable means of transport that would lower traffic fatalities and injuries. You will hear from local and national experts on methods to increase transit ridership through modifying route frequency and convenience.
This breakout session will be monitored by Emmanuella Myrthil, Chief Equity & Inclusion Officer at SEPTA, Elizabeth Smith, P.E., PMP, Chief Administrative Officer at SEPTA, Mary Buchanan, Research Manager at TransitCenter, Nadji Kirby, National Chief of Staff at the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), and Linda Ford, General Counsel at APTA.
Attendees are encouraged to stay for the 2023 Better Mobility Mayoral Forum that will start at 4:00pm, presented by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and AARP Pennsylvania. All Philadelphia Mayoral Candidates are invited to participate in a panel discussion moderated by Daniel Pearson, Inquirer Editorial Writer, that will give the mayoral candidates a chance to express their vision for making Philadelphia a more accessible, sustainable, and equitable city. The candidates will be asked a set of questions guided by a mobility platform sent to them in advance.
The Mayoral Forum is free and open to the public, though reservation is required. Register here.