The conference was held online yesterday with an in-person Vision Zero Cities 2022 Opening Reception hosted at Liberty Park at World Trade Center last night.
Today, sessions will be hosted in person at the Center for Architecture at 536 Laguardia Place in Manhattan.
On Friday, participants will have the possibility to participate in a walking tour in Brooklyn, a New Jersey bike tour and a two-borough NYC bike tour. For those who prefer staying indoors, a session on street safety activism will also take place at the Center for Architecture.
For the 9th consecutive year “Vision Zero Cities” brings together street safety advocates, elected officials, leading industry and policy experts. Ann Carlson, Acting Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, was yesterday’s keynote speaker and today the keynote address will be presented by The Honorable Ravi Bhalla, Mayor of Hoboken, NJ. Under Mayor Bhalla, the city of Hoboken has not recorded any traffic fatalities for the last 4 years. Since 2017, under Mayor Ballah, the pace of complete street redesigning has increased and 40% of Hoboken streets have a bike lane. Under Mayor Ballah, the Citibike program was also extended to Hoboken to create a regional bike share system that covers New York City, Jersey City and Hoboken.
Among the subjects covered during the conference are the Vision Zero Vignettes, Slowing down speed to make streets safer, new tech driven approaches to make streets safer, how to engineer streets for the new wave of micromobility, the impact of sharing personal stories from victims of traffic accidents, how to make communities more walkable, curb management, gender equity in transportation and public space, lifesaving artistic activism and more. Participants will also have the opportunity to participate in amazing field tour and explore Hoboken in person to better understand how the city was able to achieve zero traffic deaths over 4 years.