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    City of Philadelphia is Launching the Vision Zero AMBASSADOR Program this summer! 


    Are you concerned about car crashes, speeding, and other traffic safety issues in your community?

    Do you want to learn what the City is doing about it and share with your community about what can be done?

    Do you want to collaborate with a group of like-minded individuals on traffic safety issues across the city?

     

    We are looking for outgoing and motivated people to become the first-ever Vision Zero Ambassadors this summer and help spread the word about Vision Zero and traffic safety amongst friends, neighbors, and groups they are part of. Vision Zero Ambassadors will be the voice of their community around traffic safety issues. Vision Zero Ambassadors will also work with other ambassadors to create Vision Zero messages and activities that resonate with their communities. This program is modeled after the successful Indego Ambassadors program.

     

    Selected ambassadors are expected to attend two training sessions on June 16 and June 23. During these sessions, ambassadors will be trained on traffic safety concepts, Vision Zero, and the resources that are available within the City. They will also receive support and guidance from City staff during their ambassador engagement period (June-September 2022). For their time and effort, Vision Zero Ambassadors will receive a stipend of $1,000 upon completion of the program. People who are well-connected to lower-income communities and communities of color are encouraged to apply! 

     

    Applications for the pilot program are now closed. The second round of the Ambassador program will take place in 2023.

     

    What are Neighborhood Slow Zones? 

     

    The Neighborhood Slow Zone Program invites neighbors to apply for traffic calming in an entire zone of residential streets. The City will work hand-in-hand with successful applicants to bring traffic calming to an entire “Slow Zone.” Within selected Slow Zones, the Neighborhood Slow Zone Program will:

     

    • Work with the neighbors to develop a plan for traffic calming that responds to critical safety issues
    • Lower speed limits to 20MPH
    • Install traffic calming (speed cushions and more)

    In 2019 the City received Slow Zone applications from 40 neighborhoods across Philadelphia. Two slow zones were chosen from applicants in that inaugural year of the program -- the Fairhill neighborhood Slow Zone and the Willard Elementary School Slow Zone. 

     

    An additional Slow Zone is also currently being designed surrounding Cramp Elementary  School with neighborhood residents using grant funding secured by the Streets Department.

     

    Learn about traffic safety

     

    Safe Routes Philly is a transportation safety program for young Philadelphians. The program includes curricula and resources to help communities create safe, healthy environments for students to walk, bike, and roll to school. Kids learn traffic safety from adults. You can be a role model. Parents, caregivers and community members can get involved by accessing Safe Routes Philly resources including: 

     

    • A new Safe Routes Philly Activity Book 

    • Parent/caregiver tip sheets for practicing walking and riding at home  

    • Transportation-themed games 

    • Other resources, such as how to start walking school busses and ideas for Walk and Bike to School Day  

    The program also partners with schools and provides resources for educators teaching pedestrian and bicycle safety. 

     

     

    Did you know?

     

    Each state establishes its own criteria for what makes a crash “reportable.” In Pennsylvania, a crash is reportable if it involves a motor vehicle and:

        (a) a motor vehicle is towed from the scene
        (b) someone is transported to the hospital in an ambulance or
        (c) a fatality occurs (PA Vehicle Code Title 75 Section 3746 (a)).

     

    Involved in a crash? Call 911. 

     

    WE PLEDGE...

    As the Vision Zero Task Force, to incorporate the Vision Zero Action Plan goals, principles, and values into everything our departments, agencies, and organizations do. We commit to zero fatalities by 2030.

    YOUR TURN! I pledge... 

     

    I pledge to recognize that crashes are avoidable and my choices matter to the lives of others.

     

    I pledge to slow down, focus on driving, and put my phone away while behind the wheel.

     

    I pledge to use safer transportation options, such as walking, biking or taking transit, whenever possible.

     

    I pledge to bike predictably and stop at signals.

     

    I pledge to spread the word about Vision Zero in my neighborhood.