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30 Sep New York

Vision Zero: Swedish Solutions on New York Streets

Business Sweden, in collaboration with the Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C., and the Swedish Consulate in New York, cordially invites you to participate in a Vision Zero Initiative Seminar in New York City, September 30, 2015.

Background

Approximately 4,000 individuals are seriously injured in traffic and more than 250 lose their lives in New York every year. For children under 14, being struck by a vehicle is the leading cause of injury-related death and the second leading cause for seniors. On average, vehicles seriously injure or kill New Yorkers every two hours.

Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City of New York have taken on the challenge to make New York’s streets safer for the public with its own Vision Zero program. The Vision Zero Initiative dates from 1997 and is a Swedish framework where government, advocacy and the private sector are brought together to reach the common goal of no deaths in traffic. Vision Zero programs also have been successfully implemented in U.S. states such as Minnesota, Utah and Washington, resulting in traffic fatality decreases between 40-48%,

Vision Zero New York

The Mayor’s Office of Operations (City Hall) has planned to establish a permanent Vision Zero task force and together with the city’s various administrations where a multitude of city actions are proposed to get closer to the common goal.

The following tasks are among proposed city actions:

  • Improvements of 50 intersections and corridors
  • Creation of 25 new arterial slow zones
  • Implementation of 8 new neighborhood slow zones
  • Installation of speed cameras at 20 new authorized locations
  • Installation of 250 speed bumps
  • Enhancement of street lighting at 1,000 intersections
  • Maintenance of street markings

The planned changes in the city offer business opportunities for Swedish companies. The half day seminar is therefore a great occasion to showcase Sweden and the products and services offered from Sweden within the traffic safety sector.

Purpose

The purpose of the seminar is to promote Swedish solutions and facilitate business and opinion leader contacts across Sweden and New York. A secondary purpose is for Swedish providers to understand the ways New York City is implementing Vision Zero.

Participation

Please register your interest below in participating at the Vision Zero seminar or contact:

Phil Thompson 

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