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Recording: The Radicalism of Vision Zero Traffic Safety

This panel discussion will address the need for a fundamental shift in the planning and design of transportation networks. Each month, the U.S. experiences the equivalent of a 9/11 attack in the form of traffic deaths. Efforts to curb traffic deaths have continued for decades, with little change. Local and state governments have been adopting Vision Zero policies with the dramatic goal of reaching *zero* traffic deaths. As Sweden discovered in the 1990s, prioritizing human life leads to a radical departure from “standard practices” in travel forecasting, traffic engineering, and geometric design. In short, our entire industry needs a philosophical shift or we’ll never reduce traffic deaths more than a few percentage points.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the moral and ethical expectations of professionals who have sworn to uphold codes of ethics.
  • Illustrate how Vision Zero principles contrast with common transportation engineering methods.
  • Describe recommendations for how to educate and persuade stakeholders about Vision Zero tactics.
  • Identify and correct different safety myths with respect to Vision Zero as well as the answers to recurring FAQs.
Andy Boenau, Associate, Alta Planning + Design, Richmond, VA

  • Michael Griffith, Director, Office of Safety Technologies, FHWA, Washington, DC
  • Paula Flores, Principal, Alta Planning + Design, Durham, NC
  • Graham Larkin, Executive Director, Vision Zero Canada, Ottawa, ON
  • C.Y. David Yang, Executive Director, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, Washington, DC

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