WABA’s Vision Zero Community Outreach – Funded by DCBR!

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DC Bike Ride (DCBR) and WABA are geared up to work across all District of Columbia communities. Proceeds from the ride will fund WABA’s work as a leading partner in D.C.’s Vision Zero Campaign. These critical funds will allow for dedicated advocacy and community outreach work to raise the profile, reach, and effectiveness of the city’s eight-year initiative to put an end to traffic deaths and serious injuries.

We’re watching Vision Zero play out in major cities across the country, and it’s clear DC is missing a vital piece: community engagement. We can’t design a comprehensive campaign to change culture without involving and empowering people. DCBR funding will pay for the capacity to design and implement the necessary community outreach surrounding Vision Zero, and activate all eight wards.

Families for Vision Zero Summit:  We’ll bring together D.C.’s residents, experts, and the press for a series of presentations, a panel discussion, and facilitated town hall meeting with emphasis on engaging nontraditional community groups.

Neighborhood Street Safety Audits: To equip families with the information and tools to redesign the streets that shapes their lives the most—those surrounding their homes—we’ll build partnerships with four neighborhoods to define what makes streets safe, identify what projects need to be carried out, and form a plan of action to work with DDOT and partner agencies. We’ll select the neighborhoods based on areas of greatest need.

Towards Safe Streets Workshops: We’ll host four interactive public workshops  similar to the safety audits, except geared toward a geographically broader audience.

Deanwood Family Bike Block Party: To build momentum and host a family-centric bike celebration that connects people to Vision Zero. We’ll leverage the power and overlap of WABA’s outreach programs to host a block party in Deanwood, DC that will serve as the culminating event of our workshops and audits. We’ll partner with the established local rides, coordinate kids games and a mobile bike shop for free bike repair, and provide interactive activities for all ages.