DC Bike Ride (DCBR) and WABA are geared up to continue building enthusiasm for Vision Zero. Proceeds from the ride will fund WABA’s work to build community around street safety and raise the profile, reach, and effectiveness of the the initiative to put an end to traffic deaths and serious injuries.
We’re watching Vision Zero play out in major cities across the country, and it’s clear our region is missing a vital piece: community engagement. We can’t design a comprehensive campaign to change culture without involving and empowering people. DCBR funding will pay for the capacity to design and implement the necessary outreach surrounding Vision Zero, and activate crucial neighborhoods.
Annual Vision Zero Summit: We’ll bring together residents, experts, and the press for a series of presentations, a panel discussion, and facilitated town hall meeting with emphasis on engaging nontraditional community groups.
Neighborhood Street Safety Audits: To equip families with the information and tools to redesign the streets that shapes their lives the most—those surrounding their homes—we’ll build partnerships with neighborhoods to define what makes streets safe, identify what projects need to be carried out, and form a plan of action. We’ll select the neighborhoods based on areas of greatest need.
Towards Safe Streets Workshops: We’ll host interactive public workshops similar to the safety audits, geared toward a geographically broader audience.
Family Bike Block Party: To build in the fun, we’re hosting a family-centric celebration that connects people to Vision Zero. We’ll leverage the power and overlap of WABA’s outreach programs to host a block party in Deanwood, DC that will serve as the culminating event of our workshops and audits. We’ll partner with local rides, coordinate kids games, a mobile bike shop for free bike repair, and provide interactive activities for all ages.