Poster: Equity Analysis for Alexandria Vision Zero

Monday, May 8, 2017 | 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
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Recently, the Alexandria City Council voted unanimously to develop a “Vision Zero” policy and program as a part of its updated transportation master plan. “Vision Zero” is a road safety policy that aims to achieve a transportation system in which there are zero fatalities or serious injuries for all modes of transportation. First adopted by Sweden in 1997, Vision Zero takes a proactive approach to road safety by identifying risk and taking steps to prevent injuries. It also has social equity embedded as the core principle in its framework. Historically, traffic related crashes have disproportionately impacted vulnerable communities and system users – including people of color, low income individuals, seniors, children, and pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit users. These inequities are addressed in the Vision Zero framework by prioritizing interventions in areas that need most safety improvements. Thus, before implementing the Vision Zero Plan in the City of Alexandria, it is essential to assess the traffic safety and vulnerability of communities/groups through a comprehensive crash data analysis. This study aims to identify the vulnerable communities who are impacted in the crashes through an equity analysis. It also includes policy recommendations for implementation in the Vision Zero program.

Speakers

Shubha Punase , Ashburn , VA (see bio)