Past Vision Zero Grant Recipients
Each fiscal year, the District reserves a portion of revenue generated from Automated Traffic Enforcement to fund the Vision Zero grant program aimed at promoting innovative solutions to improve transportation safety in the District of Columbia. The grant program is part of Mayor Bowser's Vision Zero initiative to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries to people walking, biking, and driving within our transportation system by the year 2024. Grants are available to local non-profit, 501(c)(3) organizations and District Government agencies.
Vision Zero Grant Fiscal Year 2018 Recipients
- District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH) - $100,000
DOH will further develop data integration in the District’s Trauma Registry to enable the linking of traffic crash data with hospital data submitted from participating local trauma centers. Linking District agency data from crash records and emergency response and transport information with data available from hospitals should provide a more accurate assessment of the prevalence of traffic fatalities and serious injuries in the District.
- Gearin’ Up Bicycles - $80,000
Gearin’ Up Bicycles will organize teams of trained youth and adult bicycle mechanics to provide education, repairs, safety checks, and free safety equipment in coordination with the District of Columbia Public Schools’ (DCPS) Biking in the Park program. Today, there are no bicycle shops in Wards 7 and 8. Gearin’ Up Bicycles will ensure people biking in these communities, especially children, are using safe equipment.
- George Mason University (GMU) - $150,000
GMU will collaborate with the District of Columbia Public Schools’ Biking in the Park program and develop and evaluate one permanent and one temporary traffic garden at two DCPS school sites. The traffic gardens will teach the rules of the road to children as they learn to balance and navigate on a bicycle, in an environment that simulates the transportation system without the threat of motor vehicles.
- District of Columbia Office of Planning (OP) - $65,000
OP will study and implement placemaking and safety design interventions in a high priority location, to identify solutions to specific safety issues: high volumes of speeding motor vehicles in busy pedestrian areas, vehicular traffic failing to yield to pedestrians, and public spaces that are not supportive of public life and pedestrian activity.
- Safe Routes to School National Partnership - $100,000
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership will utilize direct community engagement and education to identify and address barriers to safe transportation. At five locations, this project will establish school-based safe zones in Wards 7 and 8 which will host activities and events for safe walking, biking, and driving and foster coordination efforts with District agencies for planning and designing safe infrastructure.
- The Southwest Business Improvement District - $60,000
The Southwest BID will pilot and measure the effectiveness of placemaking and safety interventions in a rapidly growing DC neighborhood. Focusing on a mix of placemaking and public art treatments for traffic calming and pedestrian wayfinding, the Southwest BID will quickly pilot new countermeasures to be sited at locations that are emerging as conflict points as commercial development intensifies. The BID will conduct a thorough evaluation of the effectiveness of each intervention.
Vision Zero Grant Fiscal Year 2017 Recipients
- DC Villages / Capitol Hill Village - $160,000
Working with its senior population, DC Villages will reduce the number of seniors driving through an expanded volunteer ride program and increased use of ridesharing; improve senior driving education; and enhance pedestrian safety and navigation. Seniors in the District drive very few miles but are the second leading age group in collisions and fatalities. Seniors are also the second leading age group in pedestrian crashes. DC Villages will help reverse this trend by providing alternative transportation options for seniors and providing real-time information on the safest walking routes.
- Gearin’ Up Bicycles - $80,000
Gearin’ Up Bicycles will organize teams of trained youth and adult bicycle mechanics to provide education, repairs, safety checks, and free safety equipment in coordination with the District of Columbia Public Schools’ Biking in the Park program. Today, there are no bicycle shops in Wards 7 and 8. Gearin’ Up Bicycles will ensure people biking in these communities, especially children, are using safe equipment.
- The George Washington University Hospital - $169,000
The George Washington University Hospital will replicate a proven protocol to increase collection of blood evidence used to adjudicate impaired drivers throughout all District of Columbia trauma centers. Drunk and drugged driving incidents represent a significant portion of our traffic fatalities, yet Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Officers face difficulties when obtaining blood evidence in suspected cases of impaired driving. The GWU Hospital Impaired Operator Blood Collection process will be replicated throughout our local trauma centers to more effectively prevent impaired driving.
- District of Columbia Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) - $61,000
DFHV will provide preventative enforcement for vehicles for hire, in coordination with DDOT traffic control. DFHV will prevent dangerous driving with compliance check points and focused enforcement in areas with high concentrations of vulnerable travelers. From 2010 to 2014, there were nearly 2,000 crashes involving taxis, 392 of which resulted in injuries. DFHV will target for-hire vehicle drivers who illegally load and unload, drive erratically, and interact dangerously with bicycle and pedestrian facilities.
- District of Columbia Office of Risk Management (ORM) - $130,000
ORM will implement a District-wide driver safety program including online training and behind-the-wheel training for high-risk drivers. Motor vehicle incidents involving District Government fleet have been increasing in frequency. With nearly 5,000 licensed drivers operating vehicles on a daily basis, this ORM program will ensure professional drivers in District Government are among the safest drivers on the road.
Vision Zero Grant Fiscal Year 2016 Recipients
- Office of Disability Rights - $100,000
Vision Zero Disability Rights Fellows, worked with DDOT to perform an inventory and evaluation of bus stop accessibility and sidewalk conditions.
- Department of Public Works - $156,000
DPW installed Side Underride Prevention Devices on all remaining 6-wheel and 10-wheel dump trucks (78 vehicles).
- District Department of Transportation - $80,000
In partnership with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, DDOT created a Truck Safety Public Education Program campaign to increase awareness of large and commercial vehicle blind spots for people walking and biking. Interactive exhibits were held a large events such as the DC Bike Ride.