Vision Zero Cities Conference

Safe Streets Save Lives

October 10 - 11, 2019

New York City

On October 10 and 11, Transportation Alternatives will bring together leading industry and policy experts, advocates, and elected officials for the fifth annual Vision Zero Cities Conference, taking place at Columbia University’s Alfred Lerner Hall.

Day one of the conference will include keynote speakers, breakout sessions, and a networking reception.

Day two will include various "in the field" opportunities, such as walking/biking tours, and deep-dive workshops.

In conjunction with the conference, Transportation Alternatives will publish a fourth edition of the Vision Zero Cities Journal.

Vision Zero is not just a policy goal—it’s an imperative. It is crucial that we continue the push to identify and support the most effective strategies to eliminate every traffic-related death and serious injury.

Join us and participate in the bold and forward-thinking conversations that will help make Vision Zero a reality.

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About Vision Zero


The Vision Zero Cities conference is a gathering of hundreds of city officials, advocates, policymakers, planners and engineers who come together to learn, exchange ideas, and strategize about the problems facing modern city streets.

What is Vision Zero?
Vision Zero is a strategy, adopted by local and national governments around the world, that aims to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries.

Developed in Sweden in 1997, Vision Zero was first brought to the United States in 2014 as a result of Transportation Alternatives' work. After publishing Vision Zero: How Safer Streets in New York City Can Save More Than 100 Lives a Year and collecting more than 4,500 letters from activists and crash survivors, Transportation Alternatives convinced mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio to adopt Vision Zero at the city level.

In the winter of 2014, Mayor de Blasio committed to a two-decade goal of eliminating all traffic deaths and serious injuries on New York City streets. Transportation Alternatives is fighting make sure that the promise of Vision Zero is met.

Pricing and Registration
Early bird pricing is available for all conference registrations until 11:30 p.m. on August 14.
Deluxe: $1,000/$1,200
Premium: $575/$675
Individual: $375/$450
Nonprofit and student discounts are available upon request. Email Event Manager to determine your eligibility.

Register today.

Deluxe Registration—includes access for two (2) guests to both days of the conference.
Day one (Oct 10): Panels and keynote speakers; ReceptionDay two (Oct 11): Field workshops, walking/bike tours, and advocacy trainings
Premium Registration—includes access for one (1) guest to both days of the conference.
Day one (Oct 10): Panels and keynote speakers; ReceptionDay two (Oct 11): Field workshops, walking/bike tours, and advocacy trainings
Individual Registration—includes access for one (1) guest to day one of the conference.
Day one (Oct 10) ONLY: Panels and keynote speakers; Reception

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Vision Zero Schedule


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This year's conference themes include:

Safe and Sustainable: Urban transportation policy for a changing climateVision Zero Everywhere: Breaking down barriers and adapting successes for cities big and smallUnbiased and Unflinching: The case for automated enforcementWhose Streets? Intersectional Vision Zero for equitable outcomes

Please note all programming is subject to change.

Day One (October 10)

This fall, we will be welcoming NYC DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg and New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson to this year’s Vision Zero Cities conference as keynote speakers.

Commissioner Trotten­berg has built more than 82 miles of pro­tected bike lanes over the last five years, and her data-driven ap­proach to Vis­ion Zero has helped New York City buck the nation­al trend of increas­ing traffic deaths.

Speaker Johnson, who has become a champion for “breaking the car culture,” recently introduced a bill to create a master plan which would dramatically alter how street space is allocated in New York City.

In addition to our keynote speakers, Transportation Alternatives is happy to announce a selection of day one breakout sessions:

The National Crisis: Understanding the New Rise in American Traffic Fatalities. After decades of decline, traffic fatalities are on a shocking rise across America, and most notably affecting people walking and cycling. This panel will address the national crisis, how SUVs and cellphones are contributing, and the places where innovative Vision Zero solutions are stemming the tide.Tackling Vision Zero in Small Cities. Small cities are prime locations for knowing well what they need and leveraging only the best that has worked in larger cities and building upon that by making it community based. What does Vision Zero look like in small and medium-small cities, as opposed to big cities? What can big cities take from small city successes, and what big-city strategies are adaptable to small cities? This panel will share narratives of immediate needs, impacts, and the need to maintain safer roads to support communal development and growth.Emerging Mobility Hype and Hysteria: Scooters, E-Bikes, and Autonomous Vehicles. As new transit modes emerge, how does the street hierarchy need to shift accordingly? How should streets be redesigned to accommodate? What problems are being solved and which are being left behind, or worse, widening, particularly for seniors, children, and persons with disabilities? What role should companies play in this?Not an Accident: Vision Zero in the Media. From “accidents” reported as traffic jams by drive-time television newscasters to cars advertisements that buoy the bottom-line of much of American media today to the debate about whether or not fatal crashes are newsworthy, Vision Zero is inextricable from the media that reports on it. In this panel, transportation and traffic reporters look at how the media affects Vision Zero, and how the introduction of Vision Zero has changed the media.Tear It Down! Transforming Urban Highways. We must reckon with the racist history and legacy of urban planning. As city infrastructure comes to the end of its life, how can we repurpose highways in urban areas, instead of merely replacing them as they exist today? Transportation solutions do not live in a vacuum. This panel is an opportunity to link conversations about affordable housing, poverty and disability with transit deserts.Community Participation: Extending Democratic Solutions. Design improvements to improve transportation have, like other interventions in the built environment, increasingly had to negotiate the issue of community participation. There has been much debate about getting beyond our back yards, but less about how to make democratic participation more robust in public processes. What is the best model for incorporating communities and feedback to ensure buy in--without delaying build or changing the focus from projects that will have genuine community benefits? How can we avoid technocratic solutionism by incorporating grassroots organizing? Can we reach people where they are, rather than where government is known to be? What is the untapped potential of leveraging technology as a potential solution for attracting and engaging new voices? The Past and Present: Creating Inclusive and Equitable Streets and Transportation Options. As cities work to create safe streets and better transportation options, they have a responsibility to ensure it is done inclusively and equitably. Which systemic inequities exist in transportation today, how have they been affected by past policies, and which perceptions do we have, for example, of who walks and bikes and whom street safety measures are meant for? This panel will discuss what we, from policy makers to advocates and private mobility companies, must learn from past and present conditions and experiences as we move forward?Automated Traffic Enforcement. During June of 2019, New York State authorized an historic expansion of NYC’s speed safety camera program while Texas simultaneously banned automated red-light cameras statewide. This panel will juxtapose these developments and discuss the state of automated enforcement in the U.S. How was NYC’s program won and what is next for the program? What challenges face municipalities in operating such technology? Why do some communities oppose the technology, and what technology may be around the corner — including intersection‑, bike lane‑, and bus lane cameras?Setting the Standard: Challenges, Opportunities and Best Practices for Motor Vehicle Fleets. How do we ensure that the vehicles and drivers that spend the most time on roads and city streets operate as safely as possible? Large trucks account disproportionately for deaths and serious injuries, and drivers of private and government vehicle fleets help set the tone for either safe or reckless driving by all motorists. This panel will discuss how municipal fleets, waste haulers, taxi and for-hire-vehicle companies, freight companies, and large retailers can continuously improve safe driving practices and institutionalize best practices throughout their fleets.Fairness, Justice and Accountability: The Role and Limits of Law Enforcement in Vision Zero. This panel will tackle one of the most challenging issues: the post-crash role of law enforcement. How do we create a justice and enforcement system that responds to victims and families with respect, recognizes their loss and frustration, and imposes effective legal sanctions to deter dangerous driving, while balancing the need for a humane, fair, and equitable response? Do we need tougher penalties? What are alternative legal sanctions, including alternatives to incarceration? How do we ensure victims and their loved ones feel seen and supported? What should the purpose of our justice and enforcement system be, and how do we achieve that?

Day Two (October 11)

Vision Zero in the Media: A Walkthrough. In this session, the audience gets an inside view of reporting on traffic safety from experts in the field. Attendees will be able to voice their challenges in communicating issues as well as transportation safety in order to get their message out in a clear and effective manner. Also, the wider context of changes in messaging on car culture and road safety will be explored: How did reporting culture get changed over the years: what did it change from and what did it change to? What are the most effective strategies for engaging and leveraging the power of an audience? This series of walkthroughs presents a discussion of the inside working of media, considerations of how to expand media presence, and tips on how advocates can advance their message. Your City Your Voice 101 Two sessions on practical and implementable lessons learned in TransAlt’s years of hyper-local, grassroots political activism. Absorb the tools and tactics that contributed to winning campaigns to change New York’s speed limit, and introduce innovations like protected bike lanes, bike share, and speed cameras to city streets. You’ll be taught how to engage with your neighbors and organize a successful local campaign. These are valuable lessons that could apply to the fight for a protected bike lane, or an effort to protect a community garden, or a campaign to advocate for better food access for your community.Biking tour. An uptown bike tour highlighting the results of TransAlt advocacy, including the Columbus Avenue protected bike lane was the result of sustained TransAlt advocacy from 2010-2013, the Amsterdam Avenue protected bike lane (59th-110th) and the road diet (110th-155th) was the result of sustained advocacy from 2013-2019.Using Data for Advocacy: A Walkthrough with TransitCenter, BetaNYC, and TransAlt. An exploration with practical techniques and strategies for advocates using data to inform Departments of Transportation, elected officials, and key stakeholders about advocate concerns. Includes exploratory exercises to identify data needs in advocacy efforts, case studies in identifying pragmatic and useful insights, and background on developing an narrative in which data advances advocate design ideas. Offering Support Services: Finding Post-Crash Justice. How to support those affected by transportation violence. Covers emotional and legal needs as well as information on the institutions and support structures which will help find justice after a crash. Families for Safe Streets: Transform How Your Community Confronts Traffic Violence (1:30PM - 5PM) Do your legislative and policy efforts keep meeting resistance that you cannot overcome? Were you personally impacted in a crash and want to channel your grief into action? Do you have an FSS chapter but it is not as effective as you’d like it to be? Families for Safe Streets (FSS) is transforming how we talk about traffic violence and has made it possible to implement solutions previously thought politically untenable. Come hear from FSS members from across the country and learn how you can recruit, engage and support crash victims. This work is very difficult but, when done right, it has tremendous potential. In this participatory workshop, we will explore together how we can give voice to crash victims in your community so that together we can end the epidemic of traffic violence. Walking/Bike tour. A mixed walking and CitiBike tour of the 14th Street busway and downtown. The tour will involve the busway on 14th Street and the bike lanes on 12th and 13th Street which is the object of sustained advocacy from 2016 to 2019. The tour will continue on CitiBikes along the Delancey Street bike lane, which was a campaign from 2017-2018, and along Chrystie Street bike lane, which was a campaign in 2015. The tour will continue through the Meatpacking District and conclude with a ride through Chinatown.

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Families for Safe Streets

Kelly-Nacht Families for Safe Streets Training Institute, Saturday 10/12
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a crash, please join for the Kelly-Nacht FSS Training Institute on Saturday, October 12th. This is a unique opportunity to hone your advocacy skills, sharpen your media interviewing and learn how to turn pain into purpose. This is very hard work. So many of us came with no background or expertise but we want to make a difference. Join with us and learn more. The full-day training is being offered free of charge.To register, email

FSS Run Walk Roll 5K Sunday, October 13, 9am-12pm

Please join Families for Safe Streets for its first annual FSS 5K Run Walk Roll on Sunday, October 13th in Hudson River Park. This is a unique opportunity to mark what we’ve accomplished in our first five years and to honor those who have been killed and injured in traffic crashes. It will also help us raise the critical funds needed to keep our work going. The event is ideal for all ages. We expect people will be running, walking, pushing strollers, rolling in wheelchairs and more. To register as a participant or make a donation, click [here](]. Or to join us as an individual or team fundraiser, click here. (Current FSS chapters or those in formation can keep a portion of the proceeds to fund your local work.)

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Alfred Lerner Hall, Columbia University
2920 Broadway (enter on Broadway between 114th and 115th streets)
New York, NY 10027

Hotels with Discounts for Conference Attendees

Royal Park Hotel, 285 W 97th Street, New York, NY 10025 (1.1 miles from Columbia University)
Call to reserve: (212) 665-7434 and mention the Vision Zero Cities Conference
Discount only available up to 9/9, for reservations from 10/9-10/11
One double bed + private bath at $199 + tax per nightTwo double beds + private bath at $239 + tax per nightNew York City tax is 14.75% + $3.50 occupancy tax per day, per roomPorterage is complimentary upon arrivalReservations must be cancelled in writing or via direct phone callFull refund will be given for cancellations up to 7 days prior1-6 days prior to arrival, 50% of the total balance will be forfeitedDay of arrival, 100% forfeited
New York Hotel Group, Various locations
Call or email to reserve: (212) 678-6500, and mention the Vision Zero Cities Conference
Discount only available for reservations from 10/9-10/13
10% off stays at any hotels within the Group.New York City tax is 14.75% + $3.50 occupancy tax per day, per room
Aloft Harlem, 2296 Frederick Douglass Boulevard, New York, NY 10027
Follow the link above or call to reserve: (866) 961-2995 and mention the Vision Zero Cities Conference
Discount only available for reservations from 10/7-10/13
Rooms available for $270 - $280 per nightNew York City tax is 14.75% + $3.50 occupancy tax per day, per room

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Vision Zero Cities Journal

Vision Zero Cities Journal

Vision Zero Cities: International Journal of Traffic Safety Innovation showcases a global collection of bright ideas, game-changing innovation, and insightful best practices in engineering, advocacy, and urban design.

Published annually and released at the Vision Zero Cities Conference in New York City, Vision Zero Cities features voices from academia, experts in the field, and the activists and communities members at the front-lines of many critical traffic safety conversations. We publish the people who are working towards Vision Zero around the globe.

Anyone is welcome to submit a proposal for an article. Learn how to submit here.

You can read past issues of Vision Zero Cities by clicking on the issue below.

Editorial inquiries should be directed to To advertise or subscribe, contact

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Vision Zero Cities Journal 2017
Vision Zero Cities Journal 2016
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Submit to the Vision Zero Cities Journal

Submissions are now open for the 2019 issue of Vision Zero Cities!

Submission Guidelines

Anyone is welcome to submit a Vision Zero Cities article proposal, regardless of affiliation. Articles are approved on a basis of proposals. Please do not send finished articles. Read all guidelines below before submitting.

Vision Zero Cities seeks to publish insightful and forward-thinking articles about advances in alternative transportation, traffic safety, and Vision Zero. We like big ideas and fresh takes on the most pressing issues in the transportation community. We are particularly interested in conversations about race, economics, and equity in the field; real-world stories of political victory; innovative engineering; and street design that subverts the dominant paradigm.

To express interest in writing for Vision Zero Cities, send a 250-500 word proposal describing your thesis and evidence, as well as your qualifications. Note: academic affiliations are not a requirement to publish in Vision Zero Cities. Qualifications come in many forms; just tell us about yourself.

Submission for the upcoming issue of Vision Zero Cities will be published in October 2019. All proposals should be submitted no later than July 1, 2019. Send proposals or any questions you may have to to

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Sponsorship opportunities
Email for information on sponsoring the Vision Zero Cities conference

Media inquiries
Email with your name, phone number, email address and the nature of your inquiry

General event and other inquiries
Email with the subject line "Vision Zero Cities Conference"

You may also call Transportation Alternatives' main office line at 212-629-8080.

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When do prices increase?
Individual Registration increases to $450, Premium Registration increases to $675, and Deluxe Registration increases to $1,200 on July 31, 2019.

Will I be able to register for day 2 workshops?
Yes! Day 2 registration will open later this summer. At that time, Deluxe and Premium ticket-holders will be able to select their choices, and Individual registrants and the general public will be able to register (for an additional cost) for day 2 workshops.

Are meals included in the conference registration?
Day 1 includes a light breakfast, lunch, and drinks and appetizers at the closing reception.

Is there a nonprofit/student rate available?
Limited, discounted nonprofit and student tickets are available. Please email to inquire.

I can no longer attend - can I have a refund for my registration?
No, registrations are not refundable. You are able to transfer your ticket, however. E-mail in advance to arrange for a name change.

Sponsorship Opportunities

How do I purchase a vendor table or sponsor the Conference?
Contact to learn about sponsorship opportunities.


Are discounted hotels available?
Yes! View a list of discounted hotels.

Can I volunteer for the conference?
There is currently a waitlist for volunteers. If interested, please e-mail

I have more questions!
No problem! E-mail for more information.

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