VISION ZERO FOR YOUTH

Communities creating safer streets starting where youth walk and bike

Around the world, communities are committing to eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries, also called Vision Zero. A growing group of these cities is focused on improving safety in school zones and other places where children and youth walk and bicycle. In some places, youth are actively working with cities and other partners to effect this change.

Vision Zero for Youth recognizes that starting with youth can be the catalyst to build community support for Vision Zero; that Vision Zero should include a focus on youth and that youth voices can play an important role in creating safer streets.

National Center Awards Grants to Cincinnati and Atlanta to Improve Road Safety for Youth

The National Center for Safe Routes to School is pleased to award Cincinnati and Atlanta grants to improve road safety in areas serving youth. Funded by General Motors, this program offers grants of up to $10,000 to communities to fund low-cost, quick build infrastructure improvements to provide immediate safety benefits in underserved areas where children walk and bike. Read about the project.

Apply Now for 2023 Vision Zero for Youth Leadership Award

Applications are now being accepted for the 2023 Vision Zero for Youth Leadership Award. We’re looking for places that are "leading the way in prioritizing pedestrian and bicyclist safety for children and youth where the risk is greatest." Learn more about the Award and how to nominate your city, county or local tribal government for great progress toward keeping your kids safer. Nominations are due October 21, 2022.

WHY IT MATTERS

Children deserve safe places to walk and bike—starting with the trip to school. The ability of people to safely walk and bicycle is a vital part of what makes communities thrive.

Read about why safe walking and biking are important for children’s safety and health and how Vision Zero for Youth can impact far beyond the trip to school.

TAKE ACTION

Cities have identified an array of ways to prevent pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and promote walking. A growing number of cities are considering or currently implementing Vision Zero to eliminate all traffic fatalities and serious injuries. Many have used a broad variety of youth-targeted safety improvements either as a component of Vision Zero or to help build political will for larger safety initiatives.

Read about how to put action behind the commitment to Vision Zero for Youth and create change in your community.

Stories

Cities of all sizes can take steps toward creating safer places for children and youth to walk and bike. Some communities integrate youth-focused changes into large-scale a Vision Zero approach, while others identify smaller fixes they can accomplish that make large difference in their communities.

Read stories that show the range of possibilities for Vision Zero for Youth.

ABOUT

Launched by the National Center for Safe Routes to School in 2016, the Vision Zero for Youth initiative encourages communities and elected officials to focus safety improvements and efforts to slow traffic speeds where children and youth travel. Starting with youth can be the spark that creates community support for a broader Vision Zero program to eliminate all traffic fatalities. The initiative includes resources, ideas for taking action, opportunities for city leaders to commit and national and international recognition programs. Support for the initiative is provided by the FIA FoundationUNC Highway Safety Research Center, and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.

For ways community members can support their city leaders or even be the ones that gets things started, visit Take Action.


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