New York, NY

Columbia University
Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway (enter on Broadway between 114th and 115th streets)
New York, NY 10027

Strong Towns Community Engagement Director Kea Wilson will participate in two panels at the 2019 Vision Zero Cities Conference.

October 10th, 9:15-10:15am: The National Crisis: Understanding the New Rise in American Traffic Fatalities.

After decades of decline, traffic fatalities are on a shocking rise across America, most notably affecting people walking and cycling. This panel will address the national crisis, how SUVs and cellphones are contributing, and the places where innovative Vision Zero solutions are stemming the tide.
Moderated by Amy Cohen, Co-Founder, Families for Safe Streets.
Co-Panelist: Barron Lerner, Professor, Department of Medicine and Department of Population Health, NYU Langone Health

October 11th, 9:00am - 12:00pm: Vision Zero in the Media: A Walkthrough.

In this session, the audience gets an inside view of reporting on traffic safety from experts in the field. Attendees will be able to voice their challenges in communicating issues as well as transportation safety in order to get their message out in a clear and effective manner. Also, the wider context of changes in messaging on car culture and road safety will be explored: How did reporting culture get changed over the years: what did it change from and what did it change to? What are the most effective strategies for engaging and leveraging the power of an audience? This series of walkthroughs presents a discussion of the inside working of media, considerations of how to expand media presence, and tips on how advocates can advance their message.
Co-panelists: Gersh Kuntzman, Editor-in-Chief, Streetsblog
Clayton Guse, Transit and Data Reporter, New York Daily News
Joe Cutrufo, Communications Director, Transportation Alternatives

Registration to the Vision Zero Cities Conference is required to attend these events.