Taking Meaningful Action on Vision Zero
You'll learn about:
Reducing traffic deaths and injuries through the “Vision Zero” multidisciplinary approach
Specific areas of Vision Zero activities, including innovative collision analysis, countermeasure selection and design, agency integration, enforcement, public health connection, and external partnerships
How to assess your city’s progress towards Vision Zero safety strategies within the thematic area of investigation
How to apply integral Vision Zero safety strategies for your own cities and projects
Every year sees the death or injury of countless pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists. How can your community best address this urgent safety crisis? The “Vision Zero” approach employs a collaborative, coordinated, and data-driven response to this challenge, focusing on high-impact, high-need locations and vulnerable populations that are most affected by traffic safety issues.
Hear representatives from leading-edge Vision Zero cities—New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Los Angeles—talk about their proactive, data-driven Vision Zero strategies to eliminate traffic fatalities. During the first half of this deep- dive session, staff from each city will highlight their experiences with a particular Vision Zero technical focus area. During the second half, you will investigate the Vision Zero themes more deeply in small, expert-led breakout groups. Themes will be determined by a participant survey conducted at the beginning of the session and will cover key technical areas within the “5 E’s” of engineering, evaluation, enforcement, education, and equity. End the session by self-assessing your city’s progress towards its safety goals within each theme.
, Los Angeles
Confirmed SpeakerNat Gale Principal Project Coordinator Los Angeles Department of Transportation Nat Gale works for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation in a lead capacity on outreach and programs that touch the everyday lives of Angelenos, such as the department’s award-winning People St program. His current focus is the city's Vision Zero Initiative, where he works with a multi-disciplinary team to develop projects and partnerships that prevent traffic deaths on the streets of Los Angeles. Previously, Nat was the Program Director of Mayor Eric Garcetti's Great Streets Initiative, a community development program aimed at improving quality of life, health, and safety for Los Angeles neighborhoods. Nat has an undergraduate degree from Columbia University in Civil Engineering and a dual Master’s degree from USC in Urban Planning and Public Administration. He is an avid urbanist, dedicated transit-user, and a proud pedestrian. Nat previously worked as a transportation planner in NYC, a geotechnical engineer in Portland, OR, and an environmental engineer in LA.
, NYC Department of Transportation
Confirmed SpeakerJuan Martinez is the Department of Transportation’s Director of Strategic Initiatives and leads policy for the agency’s Vision Zero efforts, including the rollout of New York City’s speed camera program. Juan oversaw the campaign to alert New Yorkers of the new 25 MPH speed limit – a campaign that contributed to a doubling of awareness of the citywide speed limit among drivers as compared to the month prior to the change. Previously, Juan was General Counsel & Legislative Director at Transportation Alternatives, the nation’s leading walking and bicycling safety nonprofit, where he led the campaign to win authorization for New York City’s speed camera program and increased enforcement of hazardous violations like failure to yield to pedestrians.
, Fehr & Peers
Confirmed SpeakerChelsea Richer is a Senior Transportation Planner in the Los Angeles office of Fehr & Peers. She works on a breadth of projects that include pedestrian and bicycle planning, transportation safety, transit access, transportation demand management, and resiliency planning, with a strong focus on data analysis and effective communication. Previously, Chelsea managed the Chicago Department of Transportation's Safe Routes to School non-infrastructure programming, working in all corners of Chicago to lead parent and student workshops, coordinate with teachers and school administration, and embed transportation safety into policies at the school district level. Ms. Richer has a Bachelor in Arts from the University of Chicago and a Master in Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA's Luskin School of Public Affairs.
, District Department of Transportation
Confirmed SpeakerJonathan Rogers is the project manager for Vision Zero at the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). In DDOT’s Office of Policy and Governmental Affairs, Jonathan leads multi-agency coordination for Vision Zero, and formulates policies and regulatory proposals that pertain to the development of transportation systems for the District of Columbia, with particular emphasis on a safe, multi-modal comprehensive approach. Jonathan researches and drafts innovative policies and programs that balance public and private sector needs, and contributes to long-term policies and plans through quantitative and qualitative research and analysis of transportation, land-use, economic, social, and environmental trends. In the past, Jonathan was a budget analyst on then Mayor-Elect Muriel Bowser’s Transition Team, a budget analyst in the Mayor's Office of Budget and Finance, and an associate at the National League of Cities. Jonathan was also a Capital City Fellow with the Government of the District of Columbia. He received his Master's Degree in Public Policy from the George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Macalester College. Jonathan is an AmeriCorps alumnus and completed his year of service in his home state of Maine.
, Fehr & Peers
, San Francisco
Confirmed SpeakerDana Weissman is a Senior Transportation Planner at Fehr & Peers with a focus on active transportation planning and multimodal safety. Dana led high-profile Vision Zero technical analyses for Los Angeles and San Francisco, employing a data-driven approach to better understand the cities’ roadway collisions and the key factors that contribute to them. Through partnerships with planners, engineers, epidemiologists and other project stakeholders, Dana built consensus around a preferred investment strategy that prioritized corridors with the most need for safety improvements based on each city’s unique conditions and concerns. She oversaw the development of statistical models to identify the cities’ primary collision types and guided research into the effectiveness and cost of various engineering measures proven to reduce collisions. Dana has presented on Vision Zero and other innovative safety strategies at conferences across the United States, including Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place, APA California, and APBP Professional Development Seminar. Her WalkFirst and Streetscape Prioritization projects won ITE and APA best project awards, and her Vision Zero paper was honored with Pedestrian Committee Best Paper Award at TRB in 2015.
Confirmed SpeakerRosanne Ferruggia is Chicago's Vision Zero Coordinator, based within the Chicago Department of Transportation. She has led the interdepartmental planning process for the Vision Zero Chicago Action Plan and will coordinate public outreach and implementation. Rosanne earned her Master of Community Planning from the University of Maryland and undergraduate degree from The George Washington University. Her prior ten-year career in marketing and advocacy guides her current work as a planner, emphasizing high quality public engagement and communications.