WE’RE HIRING: VISION ZERO OUTREACH COORDINATOR

Interested in being a part of a movement to end traffic fatalities and severe injuries in DC? WABA is hiring a Vision Zero Outreach Coordinator to help organize the growing movement of advocates, families, and coalition partners who are leading efforts to implement solutions to make streets safer for all road users.

Position Overview

The Vision Zero Outreach Coordinator will act as a community organizer, mobilizing support to keep the District moving forward with commitments to Vision Zero.  The Coordinator will work to build better relationships between road users of various ages, regardless of mode choice.

The Vision Zero Outreach Coordinator will be part of WABA’s supportive and collaborative Advocacy Team, and report directly to the Vision Zero Coalition Manager. The WABA Advocacy team includes: the Advocacy Director, Organizing Manager, the Trails Coalition Manager and Trails Coalition Coordinator, a volunteer organizer, and the Vision Zero Campaign Manager.

Vision Zero Outreach Coordinator Job Responsibilities:

Vision Zero Outreach

  • Build community support for Vision Zero through regular outreach events throughout the District, specifically focused on Wards 1, 2, and 6;
  • Partner with AARP-DC and Senior (age 55+) organizations in wards 1, 2 and/or 6 to host a Vision Zero neighborhood block party for Seniors. 
  • Partner with drivers’ schools in ward 1, 2 or 6 to host a Vision Zero educational safety walk and learn, where representatives from DDOT will be present to educate drivers’ school instructors on incorporating sharing the road with bicyclists safety tips into their curriculum
  • Partner with DDOT and youth-led organizations in Wards 1, 2, or 6 to host an educational bike ride to educate young bikers about bike safety when sharing the road with cars, and about driving safety when/if they choose to one day operate a motor vehicle, as well as how to report a crash. 
  • Create a short traffic safety educational video to share with drivers schools, youth groups and Senior Groups in Wards 1, 2, and 6. 

Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications

(Consider applying if you meet 75% of these requirements) The ideal candidate will demonstrate experience or background in the following:

Core Skills:

  • Grassroots or community organizing
  • Event planning
  • Commitment to equity and social justice
  • Strong communications skills, both written and verbal
  • Technological fluency. The coordinator will create and maintain spreadsheets, run reports, and communicate with our members and the public via a myriad of online organizing tools, including WordPress and Salesforce. The advocacy team uses Google office tools (G-Suite) and Microsoft Office tools to collaborate on work.

Useful Skills and Experience

If you have this experience or these skills, let us know. You don’t need them to be considered for the position, but you should be eager to learn them:

  • Familiarity with safe streets issues strongly preferred
  • Familiarity with DC Wards 1, 2, and 6 preferred
  • Experience engaging with older adults and young people preferred

Compensation and Benefits

This is a 10-month contract position with a monthly salary of $4,100.  The contract may be extended, depending on further funding. This is a full-time, salaried position. Benefits include employer covered health/dental insurance, generous flex and comp time policy, vacation, sick and personal leave, committed colleagues, and fun working environment.

The candidate must be located in the Washington, DC area — while the majority of our staff are working remotely, this position will require attending some in-person events. Occasional evening and weekend work is required.

WABA requires all staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. DC grant funded staff must comply with Mayor’s Order 2021-147, section VI, part 2, or be eligible for an exemption as defined by the District of Columbia Mayor’s Order 2021-099, Section III.

WABA is committed to providing equal employment opportunity for all people, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, disability, sex, or age.

About WABA

WABA empowers people to ride bikes, build connections, and transform places. We envision a just and sustainable transportation system where walking, biking, and transit are the best ways to get around.

Visit our about page to read about our values, theory of change and more.

How to Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume in one PDF to Stephanie Tulowetzke at jobs@waba.org with “Vision Zero Outreach Coordinator” in the subject line. In your application materials, please help us understand your suitability for the role, how you would contribute to the diversity of WABA’s staff, and let us know where you learned about the position.

Deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday, November 28, 2022. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

Please, no phone calls.

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: 

We demand streets that don’t kill people.

Drivers killed three people on bikes in July. Traffic violence has taken 23 lives (so far) in 2022. It took 40 in 2021. Our city’s transportation system is broken, and it’s killing people. The Mayor and the DC Council have the power to change that.  

The tools to make our streets less deadly are readily available. They are well tested. They are in use in cities across the country and around the world. 

We don’t have them here because our elected leaders cannot summon the nerve to inconvenience drivers by reclaiming space on our streets for people outside of cars, and that’s unacceptable.

There are a host of legislative and policy actions that could begin making our streets safer right away. Here’s what we’re asking our elected officials to do:

  1. Transform the District’s Transportation System. Immediately.
    1. Eliminate the Level of Service engineering standard for road and intersection design decisions.
    2. Accelerate buildout of the Transportation Master Plan—complete the MoveDC bike, walk and transit networks by 2026.
  2. Use every tool available to eliminate dangerous driver behavior
    1. Introduce legislation that penalizes companies whose drivers behave dangerously when using a company-issued vehicle
    2. Introduce legislation and policies to develop consistent, rapid enforcement mechanisms that maximize behavior change without the use of armed law enforcement, and that redistribute any revenue directly to public transit or traffic calming measures on dangerous intersections. 
  3. Hold agencies and companies accountable for failing to implement or enforce existing policies that save lives:
    1. Side underrun protection requirements for all trucks and trailers that conduct business in D.C. 
    2. Safe accommodations at construction sites
  4. Pass and fully implement the Safer Streets Amendment Act (B24-0673), including the entirety of the Walk Without Worry Act (B24-0566).
  5. Fully fund and implement the Vision Zero Enhancement Omnibus Act passed in 2020. 

WABA and our supporters are transforming our region.

Our region is changing. Can you see it? I can: from my window, from my bike, from my picnic blanket. More people than ever are riding confidently in new protected bike lanes. Families are out enjoying our gorgeous local trails and car-free spaces like Beach Drive. Friends are eating, drinking, talking, and laughing in streateries. 
 Our streets are becoming more than a way to get from one place to another. They are the places where we live our lives.

In 2021, WABA, our supporters, and our partners came together to reimagine what our region can look like when we make space for more people. Here’s what we did together:

  • A wider Washington & Old Dominion Trail that invites more people to make this beautiful space part of their daily lives.  

  • Unprecedented demand for a car-free future for Beach Drive— an incredible show of support for one of our region’s beloved National Parks.

  • The first-ever protected bike lanes on a state highway in Maryland, piloting a repurpose of two traffic lanes for biking.

  • DC’s second Open Streets event, which brought tens of thousands of people to Georgia Avenue NW for an afternoon of carefree, car-free play.

  • More bike lanes all over that create critical connections to other bike lanes and trails, and make each ride better than the last.

WABA joined with organizations focused on intersectional issues like climate, housing, and transit, to advance our shared vision of a sustainable, equitable transportation system. In coalition, we:

  • Earned support from four jurisdictions—and counting!—to build the Capital Trails Network by 2030—an 881-mile network of connected, world-class trails.

  • Won dedicated, comprehensive funding for the DC Vision Zero Bill, which will increase automated traffic enforcement and pay for pedestrian and bicyclist safety projects, taking a much-needed step towards ending our region’s traffic violence epidemic.

  • Built power, strategy, and community among regional Families for Safe Streets chapters, bringing together those impacted by traffic violence through peer support and advocacy.

  • Expanded our DC Trail Rangers program. WABA Trail Rangers’ daily, friendly presence on the trails is setting a national precedent for what trail outreach and maintenance should be, and making it clear that trails are for everyone.

Tomorrow, I’ll share more about what’s ahead for WABA in 2022. I hope you’ll be along for the ride!

Letter on September 13th Crash

WABA, Greater Greater Washington, and DC Families for Safe Streets sent the following letter to the Mayor’s office on September 14th, 2021 in response to a driver killing a 5 year old. A PDF version is available here if you’d like to send it to your elected officials. We received this letter in response from Mayor Bowser on September 15th.

Mayor Muriel Bowser
Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio
Deputy Mayor Christopher Geldart
Acting Director Everett Lott
Senior Advisor Beverly Perry

September 14, 2021

To Mayor Bowser, Deputy Mayor Babers, Deputy Mayor John Falcicchio, Deputy Mayor Geldart, Director Lott, and Senior Advisor Perry:

Last night, another driver killed another child in our city. Another sudden, violent hole torn through the heart of a family. It did not have to happen. Today, we demand change as we begin grieving this devastating loss. Traffic violence has a profound physical, emotional, and spiritual impact on our lives, families, and communities. It doesn’t have to.

The District has the resources, the tools, and the expertise to make every intersection in this city safe for people—regardless of race, income, age, gender, or ability—to cross on foot, on a bike, in a stroller, or in a wheelchair.

Instead, we see the same grim pattern, over and over again: a violent crash, a public outcry, and a feeble, “tactical” response from the city—some marginal infrastructure changes at the site of the crash, with no plan to address thousands of other similarly unsafe streets and intersections across the District with the urgency that a five-year-old’s death demands.

In the wake of the 185th traffic death in the past six years, we aren’t asking for more funding or more planning for infrastructure. The administration went a long way toward addressing that challenge in the FY2022 budget. We thank Mayor Bowser for her historic investment in transportation improvements and look forward to the release of an updated MoveDC long-range transportation plan. 

We see, however, that on street after street, project after project, the District drags its feet, implementing proven safety measures only reluctantly and after aggressive compromise.

Mobility is a human right. The first section of Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights from the United Nations states, “Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.” But the reality is that most American cities limit that freedom to people in cars. 

The District can do better. We can and should interpret the right to freedom of movement to mean that people have what they need to protect and preserve their wellbeing as they move through the city.

Thus far, however, the District has only demonstrated that level of commitment to people who are driving cars.

We are asking for an ideology of safety from those leading the District: We want to see, and feel, that Mayor Bowser cares more about safety than parking, more about safety than driving fast, and more about safety than driver convenience. We want to see equitable policy and decisive action to create city streets that ensure no one else’s life is lost. 

An ideology of safety will lead the District to do everything in its power to slow traffic through the reallocation of parking and driving lanes to multimodal infrastructure, increase investments in transit to ensure every resident has a reliable alternative to driving, advance automated enforcement, and, overall, to shift its culture to one in which lazy, reckless, and unsafe driving is not tolerated.

This will require constraining the privilege of individual drivers, and will no doubt be accompanied by public backlash. We think saving a person’s life is well worth that unpleasant endeavor.

Sincerely,

Chelsea Allinger, Executive Director
Greater Greater Washington

Kristin Frontiera, Acting Executive Director
Washington Area Bicyclist Association

Christy Kwan, Co-Chair
DC Families for Safe Streets