Vision Zero Summit 2018

In the three years since the District of Columbia committed to Vision Zero, traffic deaths have gone up, not down. In the past two years, Montgomery County and Alexandria have also committed to ending all roadway fatalities and serious injuries within a decade.

The high number of tragedies on our roadways are largely predictable and preventable. On March 15th, policymakers, advocates, experts, and implementers will explore systemic ways to turn commitments and action plans in to substantive change.

This daylong event will feature plenary speakers Mayor Muriel Bowser and CityFi Founder Gabe Klein, as well as expert panelists on topics that include:

  • How to ensure that Vision Zero programs don’t perpetuate systemic injustice
  • How to actually get people to drive safely
  • How agency staff tasked with carrying out Vision Zero can overcome institutional barriers to change
  • Why we should treat traffic injuries as a public health issue
  • Opportunities for cross-jurisdictional regional collaboration


Scholarships are available to cover up to 100% of the registration fee. Email to request a scholarship.

Vision Zero and Public Health Panelists at the 2017 Vision Zero Summit


8:00 AM – 9:00 AMRegistration & Breakfast

9:00 AM – 10:15 AMWelcome

George Washington Hospital, Dr. Babak Sarani; MD, FACS, FCCM, Associate Professor of Surgery, Director of the Center for Trauma and Critical Care, and Director of George Washington Patient Logistics Center

Why Vision Zero? Greg Billing; Executive Director, Washington Area Bicyclist Association

Keynote Speaker, Gabe Klein; Co-Founder of CityFi and former Commissioner of the Chicago and District of Columbia Departments of Transportation

10:30 AM – 11:45 AMBreakout Session 1

  1. Controlling Speed: Design and Enforcement Challenges
    • Jeff Dunckel, Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program Manager, Maryland Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office
    • Christopher Ziemann, AICP, Transportation Planning Division Chief, City of Alexandria, Virginia
    • William Schultheiss, P.E., Directors of Sustainable Safety, Vice President, Toole Design Group
    • Tracy Hadden Loh, Senior Data Scientist, Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis, George Washington University
  2. Ensuring Equitable Outcomes: Achieving Big Picture City Goals by Protecting Vulnerable Users
    • Mary Lauran Hall, Director of Product, Sparkfund
    • Councilmember Mary Cheh, Chair of the Committee on Transportation and the Environment, Council of the District of Columbia
    • Susie McFadden-Resper, ADA Compliance Specialist (Public Works), DC Office of Disability Rights
    • Liz Thorstensen, Vice President of Trail Development, Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
    • Mike Doyle, Head and Founding Member, Families for Safe Streets Alexandria
  3. Societal Costs of Traffic Crashes
    • Tara Leystra Ackerman, State Government Affairs Manager, National Safety Council
    • Tim Kerns, MS, Program Manager, University of Maryland National Study Center for Trauma and EMS
    • Babak Sarani, MD, FACS, FCCM, Director of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery, The George Washington University Hospital, Associate Professor of Surgery, GWU School of Medicine, Co-Medical Director of Critical Care, The George Washington University Hospital
    • Dave Helms, Grassroots Advocate

12:00 PM – 12:55 PM — Lunch – DC Mayor Muriel Bowser

1:15 PM – 2:30 PMBreakout Session 2

  1. Impaired Driving: Legislative and Enforcement Challenges
    • Janet Brooking, Executive Director, Drive Smart Virginia
    • State Senator Scott Surovell, Virginia 36th District
    • Kurt Erickson, President, Washington Regional Alcohol Program
    • Sergeant Terry Thorne, Metropolitan Police Department, District of Columbia
  2. Educating Drivers Across the Spectrum: Citizens, Fleets, Carshare
    • Sabrina Sussman, Manager Public Partnership, Zipcar
    • Aaron Landry, General Manager, car2go
    • David Glasser, Esq., General Counsel, District of Columbia Department of Motor Vehicles
    • Jeanette Tejeda de Gomez, Senior Public Affairs Specialist, AAA Mid-Atlantic
  3. Ensuring Equitable Outcomes: Access and Health in Historically Underserved Communities
    • Christina Sturdivant Sani, Freelance Writer
    • Sterling Stone, Executive Director, Gearin’ up Bicycles
    • Veronica Davis, P.E., Co-Founder/Principal Planning Manager, Nspiregreen
    • Alison Mendoza-Walters, CEO, Public Health Impact, LLC

2:45 PM – 4:00 PMBreakout Session 3

  1. Ensuring Equitable Outcomes: Effective Outreach and Community Pushback
    • Kristen Jeffers, Founder and Editor in Chief of The Black Urbanist
    • Olatunji Oboi Reed, President & CEO, Equiticity
    • Cedric Lawson, Field Manager, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
    • Justin Lini, Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, Ward 7
  2. Overcoming Institutional Barriers to Implementation
    • Martin Di Caro, Former Transportation & Development Reporter, WAMU
    • Hillary Orr, Deputy Director, Transportation & Environmental Services, City of Alexandria, Virginia
    • Jeff Marootian, Director, District Department of Transportation
    • Sogand Seirafi, Deputy Division Chief, Division of Transportation Engineering, Montgomery County
  3. Data Collection: Challenges, Opportunities and Best Practices
    • Michael Schade, Data Visualization Engineer, CATT Lab
    • Wade Holland, Performance Management and Data Analyst, Montgomery County, Maryland
    • Leverson Boodlal, Engineer, KLS Engineering, LLC
    • Annie Chang, Project Manager, Technical Programs Global Ground Vehicle Standards, SAE International

4:15 PM – 5:30 PM — Plenary Session: Towards Regional Collaboration and Commitments

  • Tom Sherwood, Resident Analyst for the WAMU Politics Hour; Columnist for the Current Newspapers; Contributing writer, Washington City Paper
  • Councilmember Charles Allen, Council of the District of Columbia, Chair of the Transportation Planning Board, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
  • Councilmember Hans Riemer, Montgomery County, Maryland
  • Vice Mayor Justin Wilson, Alexandria, Virginia

5:30 PM – 7:00 PM — Cocktail Reception at the Milken Institute School of Public Health

Mayor Muriel Bowser speaking at the 2017 Vision Zero Summit

Can’t make it for the full day?

Join us at 4pm for the closing plenary and cocktail reception from 5:30pm – 7:00pm at the Milken Institute School of Public Health.

This portion of the event is free, but space is limited so RSVP is required.

The Vision Zero Summit is presented by the Washington Area Bicyclist Association and Uber, with support from the District Department of Transportation Highway Safety Office and hosted by George Washington University Hospital at the Milken Institute School of Public Health.

Transportation details: Transit | Bike | Car

Scholarships are available. Please email hannah.neagle at with questions.

Special thanks to our Vision Zero Summit Sponsors!

Title Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

 Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsor


Bronze Sponsor



Thank you to the Vision Zero Summit stakeholders who have contributed ideas, contacts, time, and resources!

Jeff Anderson, Kim Bellamy, George Branyan, Chris Bryant, Tom Calcagni, Eartha Clark, Ronit Dancis, Chris Dattaro, Jeff Dunckel, Mike Farrell, LaTara Harris, Raymond Hayhurt, Lessie Henderson, Mike Heslin, Alice Kerry, Jerry King, Aaron Landry, Adam Lind, Ralph Linderman, Amanda Mansfield, Jacob Mason, Karyn McAlister, Susie McFadden-Resper,  Marieannette Otero, Jonathan Rogers, Helaina Roisman, John Rosenburg, William Schaefer, Sterling Stone, Michael Subin, Steve Taylor, Jeannette Tejada de Gomez, Terry Thorne, John Townsend, Carol Tyson, Chris Wells, Nicole Wynands, and Sam Zimbabwe.