New Scholarship Program Announced to Support Vision Zero

Together for Safer Roads and Vision Zero Network Partner to Boost Safe Mobility

September 27, 2018

If limited resources are holding you back from attending the Vision Zero Cities Conference in New York City this November, the Vision Zero Network has exciting news to share. Thanks to the generous support of Together for Safer Roads, we are offering a new scholarship program to help Vision Zero leaders from across the U.S. participate in the immensely valuable Vision Zero Cities Conference, November 7-8, 2018.

The Vision Zero Network scholarship program, funded by Together for Safer Roads, will extend opportunities for valuable learning and peer exchange among the fast-growing number of Vision Zero communities across the U.S., deepening commitments to and progress toward the goal of zero traffic deaths and severe injuries among all road users.

Scholarships, which are limited, will reimburse a portion of conference related costs (such as travel, hotel or registration fees) for diverse stakeholders working toward Vision Zero, including community advocates, members of Families for Safe Streets, and public sector staff actively working on Vision Zero efforts. Those interested in the scholarship should complete this online application by the deadline of Friday, October 5, 2018, 5pm/EST.

“We are grateful to Together for Safer Roads for their generous investment in local leaders working to ensure everyone can walk, bike, drive, and ride transit safely in their communities,” said Leah Shahum, founder and director of the nonprofit Vision Zero Network. “This is an opportunity to help our communities move out of a dangerous place of complacency on the issue of traffic safety and to instead prioritize policies and practices that value safety for all.”

“As a coalition, we believe in collective action. We’re committed to bringing relevant private sector expertise to partnerships with the public sector—all to expand the resources it takes to create safer transportation systems,” said David Braunstein, president of Together for Safer Roads. “We’re excited to participate in this scholarship program with the Vision Zero Network as a first step to partnering with communities and achieving our shared mission to eliminate road deaths and serious injuries.”

Scholarship recipients will participate in the Vision Zero Cities Conference, which is organized by Transportation Alternatives and is the principal gathering of leaders working to make transformative improvements for safe travel in their communities. Topic areas explored during the conference include: effective policy change, speed management, data-driven decision-making, cross-sector collaboration, leadership development, equity-centered engagement and safety outcomes, effective evaluation, and much more – all focused on the goal of ensuring safe mobility for all road users.

More than 30 communities in the U.S. have made Vision Zero commitments in the past four years, ranging from Fort Lauderdale, Florida to San Antonio, Texas to Anchorage, Alaska to Minneapolis, Minnesota. (See map here.) The nation’s two longest-running Vision Zero communities have seen encouraging improvements in safety in their first four years of Vision Zero commitments: NYC has reduced traffic deaths by 28% since 2014 and San Francisco by 41% in that time.

The Vision Zero Network scholarship program is a first-time collaboration between the Vision Zero Network and Together for Safer Roads, both organizations aimed at improving safe mobility among all road users.

The Vision Zero Network is a nonprofit bringing together leaders in public health, transportation planning and engineering, policy, traffic enforcement, advocacy, and the private sector to develop and share winning strategies and to support strong leadership to make Vision Zero a reality. Learn more at www.visionzeronetwork.org and follow us on Twitter @visionzeronet

Together for Safer Roads (TSR) is an innovative coalition that brings together global private sector companies, across industries, to collaborate on improving road safety and reducing deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes globally. TSR’s current members include AB InBev, AIG, AT&T, Republic Services, CalAmp, Ericsson, Geotab, GM, iHeartMedia, Lyft, Octo Telematics, PepsiCo, Republic Services, UPS, Walmart, Alpha Drive, HAAS Alert, Ouster, and Zendrive. Learn more at www.togetherforsaferroads.org and follow us on Twitter @TSRCoalition.

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