These free webinars offered by the Vision Zero network focus on how to create places that are safe for walking, rolling, biking, transit and vehicular traffic.
Cities Managing Speed for Safety: Learning from Seattle & Minneapolis
Thursday, June 18 @ 11am-12pm PT / 2-3pm ET
Reducing speed to save lives and prevent serious injuries is a cornerstone of Vision Zero. Safe speeds are especially important to help protect the most vulnerable on the road, and the difference of just 5 miles an hour can literally mean life or death in a crash. Cities around the globe are increasingly recognizing both the urgency of managing speeds and the capability of doing so. Strategies that seemed daunting for too long are becoming more commonplace in U.S. cities. Join us to learn what’s happening most recently in two Vision Zero communities — Seattle & Minneapolis — who are centering speed management in their safety work.
Don’t be Distracted by Distracted Walking
Tuesday June 30 @ 11am-noon PT / 2-3pm ET
Pedestrian deaths and the use of smartphones rose in tandem over the past few years. Surely these trends are linked, right? Not so fast, argues Dr. Kelcie Ralph. In a careful review, she finds that while many people walk distracted, it does not appear to be as risky as many people assume. Other factors — such as increased use of SUVs and distracted driving — help explain the rise in pedestrian deaths. The Takeaway: We should be wary of the “distracted walking” narrative because it tends to shift our policies away from systematic solutions (such as lower speeds and improved street design) toward individual-level solutions (such as education campaigns and bans on distracted walking), which are less effective, subject to police bias, and inconsistent with Vision Zero principles. Join us to learn more.