Vision Zero: Tales of Three Cities
You'll learn about:
- The basics of a Vision Zero plan
- Different approaches to implementing a Vision Zero policy
- How planning departments can play a role in creating safer streets
Begun in Sweden in 1997, Vision Zero is a commitment to eliminating traffic fatalities and creating a culture that prioritizes traffic safety. Today cities across the world are working to achieve Vision Zero through the design of streets, education and outreach campaigns, enforcement programs, and policy changes. Gain insight into how three cities—Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York—implemented a Vison Zero initiative. This session will highlight the partnerships that have been developed, the role of various city agencies, key milestones, and new programs and projects that have been implemented to reduce traffic fatalities and create safer streets.
, 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.
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerKarin Sommer is Senior Policy Advisor in the Commissioner’s Office of the NYC Department of Transportation (NYCDOT). In this role, she advises on Federal policy, provides guidance on high-profile projects such as Vision Zero and Citi Bike, coordinates project delivery with State and Federal partners, serves as liaison to the regional planning board, and manages NYCDOT’s involvement in City Hall initiatives such as Housing New York, the Mayor’s housing plan. Prior to NYCDOT, Karin worked as a Project Manager at the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) in Chicago, where she performed original research and provided policy analysis on transportation issues, identified opportunities for the implementation of funding sources in the Chicago region and around Illinois, and represented MPC on a variety of citywide groups focused on pedestrian safety, accessibility, transportation, public health, and livability. At MPC, Karin also launched their Placemaking and Corridor Development Initiatives, focused on improving public engagement in the creation of public spaces and housing development. Karin has also worked at the Hudson Yards Development Corporation, The Earth Institute, and the Urban Technical Assistance Project. She holds a B.A. from Carleton College and a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University.
, San Francisco
Confirmed SpeakerLeah Shahum is the founder and director of the Vision Zero Network, a national campaign supporting cities working toward Vision Zero — zero traffic fatalities and severe injuries. The Network helps communities develop and share best practices for safe mobility for all road users. As a German Marshall Fund Fellow, Leah researched Vision Zero strategies in Sweden, Germany and the Netherlands. Prior to that, she was the Executive Director of the 10,000-member San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, which promotes bicycling for everyday transportation. Leah formerly served on the Boards of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District; the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency; and the Alliance for Biking & Walking.
, San Francisco Planning Dept.
, San Francisco
Confirmed SpeakerLily Langlois is a Senior Planner with the San Francisco Planning Department. In addition to managing the Department’s role in Vision Zero, a citywide policy to eliminate all traffic deaths in San Francisco by 2024, she is responsible for managing streetscape design projects, public realm plans and community plans. Her work includes the Chinatown Broadway Streetscape Plan, the Haight Ashbury Public Realm Plan, the Ocean and Geneva Avenue Corridor Design Plan, and the Market Street Hub Public Realm Plan. She holds a BA from UCLA and a Masters in Urban Planning from Columbia University.