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If you’re considering attending the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia’s Vision Zero Conference on March 1, and would like some academic context on the policy to get your juices flowing, you can check out our numerous pages on Vision Zero, and you can watch the video below.

The eight-minute video offers an explanation of the Dutch “Sustainable Safety” policy. It was created by Professor Peter Furth of Northeastern University in Boston. It is definitely worth checking out.

Among the many points made throughout the video:

1) It is a policy in places like the Netherlands, but not in the United States, that nobody should have to risk their life to get to work.

2) Vision Zero was implemented in the 1990s in Sweden and other parts of Europe. Since then, traffic deaths have dropped at a higher rate than the U.S.’s have. If our rate had dropped like theirs, as noted in the video, we’d be saving 20,000 lives per year

3) No matter where you are or who’s operating whatever vehicle, people are vulnerable and they make mistakes. This is a huge correct assumption of Vision Zero—if you design streets with the idea that people don’t make mistakes, you’re doing it wrong. A system not designed for people to make mistakes is not a system that works—especially when people are so prone to making minor mistakes behind the wheel.

For more on our Vision Zero 2017 Conference, check out this link.

Randy LoBasso

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Randy LoBasso is the policy manager at the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia.

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