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DDOT Announces FY 2018 Vision Zero Grant Awards; $555,000 in Funding for Six New Safety Programs

Thursday, December 14, 2017


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DDOT Announces FY 2018 Vision Zero Grant Awards; $555,000 in Funding for Six New Safety Programs

(Washington, DC) – The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) today announced the Fiscal Year 2018 Vision Zero Grant Winners. Vision Zero is Mayor Muriel Bowser’s initiative which aims to eliminate all traffic fatalities and serious injuries from Washington, DC streets by 2024.

The annual grant funding is available to local non-profit, 501(c)(3) organizations and District Government agencies to pilot new safety programs focused on critical Vision Zero strategies.

“DDOT is bringing in support from all sectors in pursuit of the District’s Vision Zero goal," said DDOT Acting Director Jeff Marootian. "As DDOT takes the lead in designing and operating a safe system of streets, our grant program expands the reach of community and government stakeholders who can enhance our efforts in education, data analysis, and enforcement.”

Six new programs will be included in the current round of grant funding, which will target various strategies in the Vision Zero Action Plan:

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.

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.

This is the third consecutive fiscal year, the District has reserved a portion of revenue generated from Automated Traffic Enforcement to pilot innovative transportation safety projects.


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