NYC Mayor, Wisconsin Fleet Superintendent Honored for Safety Initiatives
September 26, 2022 — The global NGO Together for Safer Roads (TSR) announced the recipients of the Annual Global Vision Zero Awards on September 21st in New York City. NYC Mayor Eric Adams received the Global Vision Zero Leadership Award while Madison, Wisconsin Fleet Superintendent Mahanth Joishy received the Lenin Fierro Vision Zero Fleet Advocacy Award.
Assistant Commissioner, Regional and Strategic Planning, NYC DOT, Charles Ukegbu, NYC Mayor Eric Adams; TSR Interim Executive Director Noah Budnick, Charles Morriston, head of professional services, VisionTrack, NYC Chief Fleet Officer & Dep Commissioner of DCAS Keith Kerman, DCAS Commissioner Dawn Pinnock.
Photo: Together for Safer Roads
The Global Vision Zero Leadership Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated a leadership role in the global vision zero movement through commitments to help eliminate serious traffic-related injuries and deaths.
Mayor Adams was honored for his $900 million commitment to road safety with plans rolling out over the next five years. The initiative is set to advance the ‘NYC Streets Plan’ goals while expanding street safety and public transportation infrastructure. Adams has also focused on building bike lanes and other infrastructure upgrades that will help protect pedestrians, cyclists, and drivers.
Joishy accepted the Lenin Fierro Vision Zero Fleet Advocacy Award on behalf of the City of Madison for its efforts to reduce fleet and traffic collisions in the community. The city has set a goal of zero fatalities by 2030. The Lenin Fierro Vision Zero Fleet Advocacy Award is presented to an individual who has the leadership, positivity, commitment, approachability, and personal dedication to transforming organizations towards the goals of Vision Zero.
“Receiving the Lenin Fierro Vision Zero Fleet Advocacy Award is one of the greatest honors of my life,” Joishy said. “To-date, I have had the privilege of working on two Vision Zero plans, each from their inception: one for the city of New York and another for the city of Madison. It is an honor for my name to even be mentioned in the same sentence as Lenin Fierro. Thank you to Together for Safer Roads for recognizing the impact of these pivotal initiatives and inviting me to be a part of such an important event.”
The awards were given out at the Together for Safer Roads annual meeting, co-hosted by Together for Safer Roads and Department of Citywide Administrative Services. The forum includes discussions regarding Vision Zero best practices, near-miss, fleet safety, distracted driving, new cargo bikes and sustainable freight options, and more.
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