Vision Zero for Youth U.S. Leadership Award

Seattle, WA


Past recipients

Fremont, CA
Lincoln, NE
Los Angeles, CA
Milwaukee, WI*
New York City, NY
Seattle, WA

The Vision Zero for Youth Leadership Awards recognize communities that have taken bold steps to reach zero pedestrian and bicyclist serious injuries and deaths among children and youth with the goal to inspire other communities to take action.

Application period is currently closed.

This award recognizes places in the United States that are leading the way in prioritizing pedestrian and bicyclist safety for children and youth where the risk is greatest.

Now in its sixth year, any city, county or local tribal government advancing child and youth pedestrian and bicycle safety is encouraged to apply. We know that places large and small across the US have taken concrete steps to make their communities safer for children. This request for nominations allows us to learn about these successes, share what we learn and spotlight exceptional progress.


  • Application may be submitted by the intended recipient or by an outside individual or organization.
  • The award recipient can be a city or county government or local tribal government.
  • Vision Zero commitment is not a requirement.
  • Any population size will be considered.
  • Efforts of nominated city, town or local tribal government to advance child and youth pedestrian safety must benefit community/communities of color or low-income community/communities.

Criteria and selection

Applications will be reviewed with consideration for the following elements. It is not expected that an application will meet all criteria below.



  • Infrastructure improvements to calm traffic, improve crossings, and provide safe spaces for youth (under 18 years of age) walking, biking or rolling.
  • Establishment of policies that benefit youth pedestrians or bicyclists.
  • Reductions in deaths and injuries or changes in vehicle speeds along those corridors.
  • Vision Zero or other plan with strategies beyond education that focus on children and youth.


Community Involvement 

  • Partnerships with school districts, other city departments, local organizations, community members, elected officials, youth groups and advocates.
  • Evidence of neighborhood involvement (such as work with community to create support for traffic calming measures that began with a focus on child pedestrians and/or bicyclists).
  • Evidence of decision maker support for child pedestrian and bicyclist safety.



  • Use of evidence-based approaches.
  • Implementation of good practices such as systemic approach or citywide speed reduction that improve safety for all road users.
  • Evidence of long-term commitment.

Submission process

Review the application questions in the submission form. Because the form needs to be completed in one session, you may wish to prepare answers before using the submission form.


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