Vision Zero Philadelphia 2015


On December 3, 2015, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and numerous partners held Philadelphia’s first Vision Zero Conference, which brought together experts in the planning, health, advocacy and transportation fields to figure out how to make Philadelphia safer for all road users.

Vision Zero is a policy that seeks to reduce all traffic deaths in a given area to zero in a given amount of time, and we believe many citywide organizations — City Hall, the Philadelphia Police Department, and hospitals, among others — have an important stake in this issue. Even Mayor-Elect Jim Kenney came to speak and show his support for Vision Zero:

The conference was heavily-covered in Philadelphia media, and you can read about it Philly Voice, Philadelphia Inquirer,, Generocity, Plan PhillyThe Philadelphia Business Journal and CBS 3

One panel features leaders in Philadelphia Streets, Police, and MOTU talking Vision Zero

Pictured: Leaders from Philadelphia Streets, Police, and MOTU talking Vision Zero

Experts came from all over North American to speak at Vision Zero Philadelphia, and we’ve listed all speakers and provided the slides of those who made presentations below.

J. Peter Kissinger, President and CEO, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Kissinger Presentation

Sponsor AT&T recently released two ads about distracted driving.

You can see their second ad here.

Understanding Injuries and Fatalities in Designing Vision Zero Programs

Stanton B. Miller, MD, MPH, FACS; Founding Director of the Jefferson Center for Injury Research and Prevention, Thomas Jefferson University

Aditya Belwadi, PhD; Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Christiaan Abildso, MPH, PhD; West Virginia University

Cheryl Bettigole, MD, MPH; Philadelphia Department of Public Health

Captain John Wilczynski, Philadelphia Police Accident Investigations Divisision

Human Cost of Crashes - Sponsored by WSP/Parsons Brinckerhoff

Vinny Vella, Journalist

Brian Hickey, Journalist, Philly Voice

Thomas Lipscomb; Assistant District Attorney

Caroline Samponaro; Executive Director, Transportation Alternatives (Part 1)

Caroline Samponaro; Executive Director, Transportation Alternatives (Part 2)

Luncheon Speakers

Dr. Jeffrey Michael, Associate Administrator for Research and Program Development at the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Mayor-Elect Jim Kenney

Vision Zero in Philadelphia

Denise Goren, Director, Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities

Michael Carroll, PE; Deputy Commissioner of Transportation, Philadelphia Streets Department

Captain Kevin Bethel; Philadelphia Police Department, Pedestrian Enforcement

Scott Sauer, PE; Assistant General Manager for System Safety, SEPTA

David J. Perri; Commissioner, Philadelphia Streets Department

Legislative Opportunities for Effective Enforcement Strategies - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Thanks again to our fantastic sponsors:

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