Mayor de Blasio to Address Sold Out Vision Zero Cities Conference May 3rd

 Street safety experts from around world gather in NYC, a city bucking trend on fatalities

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio will address officials and traffic safety experts from around the US and the world at Transportation Alternatives’ 3rd Annual Vision Zero Cities conference in New York, a city where traffic deaths continue to fall even as fatalities nationwide have hit their highest level in a decade.  

“We are honored to have Mayor de Blasio come to our conference to talk about how his Vision Zero initiative is defying national trends and bringing traffic fatalities to historic lows,” said Paul Steely White, Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives. “This gathering gives policymakers a critical opportunity to identify core principles to make sure their policies are rooted in comprehensive, long-term approaches to saving lives and preventing injuries. In particular, Vision Zero cities must put safe street design first, even if that means fewer parking spaces and slower vehicle speeds. And traffic enforcement priorities must be shaped by data, not by historic biases against biking and walking.”

New York City Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg will be among the other experts speaking on May 3rd at the sold-out conference at Fordham University Law School. Other speakers and panelists include Claes Tingvall, who founded the world’s first Vision Zero program in Sweden nearly 20 years ago, Salvador Rueda, the planner behind Barcelona’s “Superblocks” program, Tamika Butler, Executive Director of the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, and Sam Sinyangwe from Campaign Zero in conversation with Rosanne Ferruggia of the Chicago DOT and Portland, Oregon Police Bureau Captain Michael Crebs on achieving equity in traffic enforcement.  

At the welcome reception on May 2nd, Peter Norton will discuss his book Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City. And on May 4th, participants will take part in a day of activist trainings, workshops and tours, including a field trip to the Peck Slip School and P.S. 1 in Lower Manhattan exploring the importance of equitable place-making and accessible public space around city schools, sponsored by the FIA Foundation.

WHAT: Vision Zero Cities 2017 Conference

WHEN: Wednesday, May 3rd, 7am-7pm. Mayor de Blasio speaks at 10:30am, Commissioner Trottenberg at 8:15am

WHERE: Fordham University Law School, 150 West 62nd Street, Manhattan

The full conference schedule is available at https://www.visionzerocities.org/schedule.