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.

Sponsored By

Verra Mobility
Emblem Health
Lime Scooter
Vaccaro and White
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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.

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
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 July 31.
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


2019 Conference schedule coming soon

See the 2018 program for reference below.

2018 Conference Schedule
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Bike Rental



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

Vision Zero Cities Journal 2018
Vision Zero Cities Journal 2017
Vision Zero Cities Journal 2016
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Vision Zero Cities Journal

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

Transportation Alternatives


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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