Conference was hosted @Temple University on March 7, 2020 with a focus
on progress made and action needed over the next four years. Piscitello
Law was proud to sponsor and continues to stand in solidarity for the
call to improve street infrastructure, laws and policies.
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VISION ZERO 2019
Members of the #FamiliesforSafeStreets actively lobbied City Hall and Harrisburg
legislators to support the Speed Camera Bill, which was successfully passed.
Also in 2019, members of the Vision Zero Alliance PHL gathered for World
Remembrance Day to recognize those killed in traffic violence. It was
the first year that Philadelphia officially joined this global day of tribute.
Vision Zero 2018: Piscitello Law Moderates Best Practices Panel
The third annual Vision Zero conference was held March 17, 2018 in West
Philadelphia hosted by Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition. Mayor James Kenney
set the tone in his keynote address by affirming his Administration’s
commitment to bring traffic- related crashes in Philadelphia from 100
per year to 0 per year by 2030. He went on to announce a pilot project
to address some of the core issues underlying traffic crashes including
speed and street infrastructure.
Later in the morning, Attorney Joseph Piscitello led a panel discussion
on Best Practices of Vision Zero in the United States and Europe. Drawing
from his own personal and professional experience as a cyclist and attorney,
Joe discussed the need for greater education and awareness of vulnerable
road users by members of the legal community, including law enforcement
Brief History of Vision Zero
Sweden Takes the Lead
Vision Zero first began as a national policy in Sweden in 1997. The Swedes
developed a strategy to eliminate all traffic-related deaths and severe
injuries by 2020 – and adopted that strategy into law. Due to their
forward thinking, Swedish roads are considered some of the safest to travel
in the world; traffic- related deaths have dropped by 30% since they began
VZ. Many other countries within the European Union have adopted Vision
Zero laws and policies.
Slow Start by the U.S.
In contrast to our European friends, the United States has lagged in the
race to make our roads safer for vulnerable users such as cyclists, pedestrians,
construction workers, etc. In the absence of a national law, cities across
the U.S. are adopting city-centric Vision Zero initiatives and laws to
improve underlying issues of transport safety.
Chicago was the first U.S. city to adopt its own Vision Zero-type initiative
in 2012 when it passed a law calling for zero transport deaths in 10 years.
Two years later, four other cities adopted VZ action plans, laws or developed
a task force (San Francisco, New York, Austin and Los Angeles). By 2016,
Philadelphia joined this group of early adopter cities when they launched
their own Vision Plan Task Force.
Vision Zero History in Philadelphia
Signs of change began to take hold in 2015 thanks to the “Better
Mobility Working Group” led by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater
Philadelphia (BCGP). The group successfully put the issue of safe streets
into the debates of the 2015 Philadelphia Mayoral Race.
This group would eventually evolve into the current Vision Zero Philadelphia
Alliance, also led by BCGP. By November 2016, Philadelphia Mayor James
F. Kenney signed Executive Order 11-16 creating a Vision Zero Task Force
and set a target of zero traffic-related deaths by 2030. By March of 2017,
the VZ task force launched its website and a three- year Draft Action
Plan. The plan relies on data to identify areas of high injury and communities
with limited access to safe roads and transport. Also addressed are engineering
and street infrastructure issues which affect safety. The plan includes
components of education and enforcement of new laws. You can read the plan
At Piscitello Law, we strive to provide accurate and current information related to Philadelphia and New Jersey’s robust cycling communities. We are lucky to have a number of bicycle shops and advocacy groups locally available to cyclists in need of repairs and assistance.
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