Post-Summit Community Session (In Person)

The 2022 Washington Regional Vision Zero Summit was just last week, and we’ve already started planning for next year’s event! Help us identify what subjects and perspectives in this year’s programming were important to you, and what we should focus on next year.

Free Food will be provided.

Food and drink provided.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend, even if you missed this year’s Summit.

Each year, the Vision Zero Summit creates a space for advocates, elected officials, and transportation professionals to have frank and focused conversations about how to make our streets safer. These planning sessions help WABA make sure that those discussions are informed by the priorities of our communities, so stop by and share what you think is important!

Post-Summit Community Session (Online)

The 2022 Washington Regional Vision Zero Summit was just last week, and we’ve already started planning for next year’s event! Help us identify what subjects and perspectives in this year’s programming were important to you, and what we should focus on next year.


Dinner’s on us—we’ll have Uber Eats vouchers.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend, even if you missed this year’s Summit.

Each year, the Vision Zero Summit creates a space for advocates, elected officials, and transportation professionals to have frank and focused conversations about how to make our streets safer. These planning sessions help WABA make sure that those discussions are informed by the priorities of our communities, so stop by and share what you think is important!

2022 Vision Zero Summit Recap

On Tuesday, September 13th WABA hosted the 6th annual Washington Region Vision Zero Summit. 

The event featured a number of panels (You can find the full agenda here!) and two keynote sessions. 

Our morning keynote speaker Jennifer Boyd shared multiple clips with us from The Street Project, her documentary about the international safe streets movement. We talked about the history of pedestrian blame, speed and street design elements that can help drivers slow down, the history of safe streets protests, and what it means to have democratic streets that are safe for all. We also examined how to tell the story of Vision Zero as we think about how to build widespread support.

In our afternoon keynote session, Jessie Singer examined the structural issues at play when it comes to who is most impacted by traffic violence, and recognized that the language we use is powerful. She also talked about how we can use the information that we know about traffic violence to impact change.

A great big thank you to all of our panelists:

  • Cheryl Cort, Policy Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth
  • Sonya Breehey, Fairfax Families for Safe Streets and Coalition for Smarter Growth
  • Jennifer Cooper, Steering Committee Member, D.C. Families for Safe Streets
  • Kea Wilson, Senior Editor of Streetsblog USA
  • Jordan Pascale, Transportation Reporter, WAMU
  • Scott Brodbeck, Founder and CEO, Local News Now
  • Jesse McGowan, Multimodal Transportation Planner Coordinator, Montgomery County Planning Department
  • Tiffany Smith, Program Manager, Vision Zero Network
  • Robert Mandle, Deputy Executive Director, National Landing Business Improvement District
  • Andrea Lasker, Vision Zero Coordinator, Prince George’s County
  • Zachary Bishop, Planner, Prince George’s County
  • Sydney Walker, Communications Assistant, Prince George’s County
  • Mike Doyle, Founder, Northern Virginia Families for Safe Streets
  • Gillian Burgess, Steering Committee Member, People Before Cars Coalition
  • Malaika Scriven, VP of Planning & Development, National Landing Business Improvement District
  • Ron Thompson, Transportation Equity Network Organizer, Greater Greater Washington (as a moderator)
  • Faith Walker, Executive Director, RVA Rapid Transit 
  • Jane Lyons, Maryland Advocacy Manager – Coalition for Smarter Growth 
  • Max Richman, Ward 7 Representative to the DC Bicyclist Advisory Council (DC BAC)

Throughout the day, our panelists emphasized that getting to safe streets will require a multi-pronged approach involving safe road users, safe vehicles, safe speeds, safe roads, and post-crash care. 

Watch the sessions below: 

2022 Washington Region Vision Zero Summit

The Vision Zero Summit brings together elected officials, decision-makers, advocates, thought leaders, and the private sector to share best practices, insights and innovations to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on our region’s streets and highways. 

This year’s Summit will take place on Tuesday, September 13th, and will focus on Safe Streets for All: A Safe System Approach. The Safe System approach was founded on the principle that no one should be killed or injured when using the road system. It consists of five elements: Safe Road Users, Safe Vehicles, Safe Speeds, Safe Roads, and Post-Crash Care.

The Summit itself will take place over Zoom. The link will be sent out along with the programming closer to the date of the event.

Lunch is included in the cost of the ticket. WABA will provide an Uber Eats promo code to all attendees.

After the Summit, there will be an in-person meetup at Buena Vida Gastrolounge (2900 Wilson Blvd #103, Arlington, VA 22201), from 7pm to 9:00pm (Doors open at 6:30 PM). This gathering is an opportunity to revisit some of the day’s key themes, socialize, and decompress. Space is limited, so be sure to sign up for this event when you register for the summit. Free food and non-alcoholic drinks will be provided! We’d love to see you there!

Closed captioning will be available throughout the day on Zoom, and ASL interpretation services will be provided for the in-person meetup.

The full agenda is below.

Welcome & Opening Plenary: 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM

Welcome

Opening Remarks

Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Boyd, Director of The Street Project, a documentary on the massive international movement to turn public streets into safe spaces for all.

Panel Session: 10:40 AM – 11:40 AM

Safe Street Design Panel:

•Cheryl Cort, Policy Director, Coalition for Smarter Growth

•Sonya Breehey, Fairfax Families for Safe Streets and Coalition for Smarter Growth

•Jennifer Cooper, Steering Committee Member, D.C. Families for Safe Streets

Background: The panelists will discuss how new thinking and practical constraints require revisions to urban street design standards to ensure street designs include safe bike and walking facilities. These panelists will also discuss how to prioritize the most vulnerable people on our streets to ensure we reach Vision Zero.

Breakout Sessions: 11:50 AM – 12:50 PM

Transportation Journalism Panel:

•Kea Wilson, Senior Editor of Streetsblog USA

•Jordan Pascale, Transportation Reporter, WAMU

•Scott Brodbeck, Founder and CEO, Local News Now

Background: In this panel, you will hear from experienced transportation journalists who are on the front lines covering our issues. The panelists will speak to how government agencies, advocates, and residents can collaborate with transportation journalists, and you will get an opportunity to ask questions to our seasoned panelists. The panelists will also discuss how they make coverage decisions and challenges to covering crashes and Vision Zero.

Systemic Safety Analysis Presentation:

•Jesse McGowan, Multimodal Transportation Planner Coordinator, Montgomery County Planning Department

Background: As part of Montgomery County’s Vision Zero goal to eliminate traffic deaths and severe injuries by 2030, Montgomery Planning is using a new strategy to improve road safety for drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians called the Predictive Safety Analysis. It is a proactive data-driven approach that works to prevent severe and fatal crashes before they happen.

This will be a technical presentation focused on a statistical analysis and its applications. This presentation will be most useful to data-focused agency staff, consultants, and advocates.

Lunchtime Breakout Sessions: 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Applying for Safe Streets Funding Opportunities Presentation:

•Tiffany Smith, Program Manager, Vision Zero Network

Background: This presentation will offer tips and key takeaways on how advocates and government agencies can use federal funding to integrate Safe System approaches.

Mobility Next: What’s Next for National Landing’s Planned People-First Transportation Infrastructure Presentation:

•Robert Mandle, National Landing BID

Background: Reclaiming streets and prioritizing pedestrians has become a growing interest within urban downtowns. The National Landing BID will present the story of how National Landing’s $4 billion portfolio of transportation projects will transform the public realm into one of the most well-connected, intermodal downtowns in Virginia and the Country.

The audience will learn about the projects underway in National Landing, what it takes to become the most connected downtown in the country, and learn the importance of keeping Vision Zero principles in the forefront of the planning process.

Breakout Sessions: 1:40 PM – 2:40 PM

Data Mapping Panel:

•Andrea Lasker, Vision Zero Coordinator, Prince George’s County

•Zachary Bishop, Planner

•Sydney Walker, Communications Assistant

•Mike Doyle, Founder, Northern Virginia Families for Safe Streets

Background: These panelists will discuss how mapping and data visualization is key to telling the story of Vision Zero, and how to use near miss/dangerous location surveys for street safety advocacy with policymakers, complete street planners, and law enforcement.

Building Coalitions with People Before Cars Panel:

Moderator: Jeremiah Lowery, Advocacy Director, Washington Area Bicyclist Association

•Gillian Burgess, Steering Committee Member, People Before Cars Coalition

•Malaika Scriven, National Landing BID

•Sonya Breehey, Fairfax Families for Safe Streets and Coalition for Smarter Growth

Background: The National Landing BID, in partnership with local organizations representing advocacy and business interests, created the People Before Cars Coalition in 2021. The Coalition amplifies next generational transportation infrastructure necessary to create a safer, people-centric network in National Landing. This panel explores how BIDs and place management organizations can collaborate with community stakeholders to garner support for big ideas that diverge from antiquated vehicle centered practices. Through advocacy, campaigns, storytelling and collaboration, BIDs can help harness the power of shared interests to build coalitions and champion major capital projects. This session will explore the People Before Cars Coalition model and lessons-learned to deliver a shared vision of people-centered mobility within National Landing.

Panel Session: 2:50 PM – 3:50 PM

Getting to Good: Building a Regional Bus System that Works for Marginalized and Underserved Communities Panel:

•Moderator: Ron Thompson, Transportation Equity Network Organizer, Greater Greater Washington

•Faith Walker, Executive Director, RVA Rapid Transit 

•Jane Lyons, Maryland Advocacy Manager – Coalition for Smarter Growth 

•Max Richman, Ward 7 Representative to the DC Bicyclist Advisory Council (DC BAC)

Background: Public transportation, critical to keeping current and new drivers off the road, is increasingly recognized among some advocates as a pillar of a Safe System Approach. Public bus service is often neglected in conversations about improving public transit in our region, and subsequently those who choose and rely upon bus service have their needs neglected. A Safe System approach requires an intentional focus on marginalized and underserved communities, groups that are disproportionately impacted by traffic violence and also heavily represented among the Washington region’s bus riders.

Hear from three panelists working to identify and correct disparities in bus service.

Panel Session: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Keynote Speaker: Jessie Singer, journalist and author of There Are No Accidents: The Deadly Rise of Injury and Disaster – Who Profits and Who Pays the Price

*In-Person Programming 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM*

Remarks: Randy Clarke, WMATA General Manager

2020 Vision Zero Summit Recap

Notes from the Opening Plenary

On September 24th, WABA brought together advocates, engineers, elected officials, professionals from the transportation sector together for the fourth annual Washington Region Vision Zero Summit.

This year’s Summit was different from previous years. The event was postponed from March until September and then ultimately hosted virtually. However, those were just the logistical changes. Both the covid-19 pandemic and nationwide protests against police violence have highlighted how much racial injustice is built into our transportation system. 

Charles Brown, MPA, Senior Researcher, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center (VTC), Adjunct Professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University delivered a keynote address highlighting institutional racism and inequity in the transportation system that causes arrested mobility in Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPoC) communities.

This year’s conference also included workshops, case studies, a rapid fire lunch session, global and local perspectives, a session on the intersection of vision zero and climate change. You can find a complete agenda here, but for a quick recap, check out these graphic interpretations by graphic Mark Kosak of See in Colors.

This year we included a mid-day rapid fire session: speakers were asked to respond in five minutes or less to the question: What is your one great idea for a sustainable, equitable, on-going and post-pandemic transportation system? Many highlighted the need for a multi-modal safe, connected, transportation system—more dedicated space for buses and people on bikes—but making sure those improvements are implemented equitably by focusing on safety in communities that have been underserved by safe and reliable transportation. 

We closed this year’s Summit with the Closing Plenary: ‘Vision Zero in the Washington Region.’ The session was moderated by WABA Advocacy Director Jeremiah Lowery and speakers included Greg Billing, Executive Director, Washington Area Bicyclist Association, Councilmember Monique Anderson-Walker, District 8 Prince George’s County, Mayor Justin Wilson, City of Alexandria, and Councilmember Elissa Silverman, D.C. Topics highlighted included the impacts covid-19 has had on the region transportation system, enforcement on our streets and the need for street design to take precedence over policing, as well as the need for a connected and well maintained trail network throughout the region.

In addition to the Summit, In February, WABA hosted two Community Listening Sessions, one east of the Anacostia River and one West of the Anacostia River. The intention of listening sessions was to bring Vision Zero to residents who may now be able to attend a daytime, weekday Summit, to listen to community members’ needs, and bring those to the forefront for the Summit audience to hear. Watch a video (sponsored by SPIN) from these Community Listening Sessions below:


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