FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mayor Bowser Awards More Than $300K in Vision Zero Grants To Local Community Partners Working to Create a Safer, Stronger DC
Washington, DC – Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that $317,000 in Vision Zero grants will be awarded to community organizations working to implement new safety programs to reduce traffic related incidents in local neighborhoods.
“As we push to improve the safety of our transportation system, we are paying special attention to communities that experience a disproportionate share of preventable crashes," said Mayor Bowser. "I congratulate the Vision Zero grant winners, each of whom have a unique role to play in partnering with us to create safer, stronger streets."
The Fiscal Year 2019 Vision Zero grants have been awarded to:
Ward 7 Business Partnership - $87,000
Residents and businesses in the Deanwood neighborhood will launch “Walkable Ward 7,” a year-long safety program and campaign that will use tactical urbanism and smart cities technology to implement demonstration projects. The project will leverage significant community engagement and existing data to identify problematic locations, and generate new data using sensors and computer vision to measure and evaluate the effect of interventions. The project will explore improving signage, pedestrian crossings, pick-up drop-off zones, and neighborhood festivals with tactical urbanism techniques.
Gearin’ Up Bicycles - $108,000
Up Bicycles is a non-profit full-service bicycle shop, located in Ward 5, that focuses on career development for youth from underserved communities. Gearin’ Up’s Vision Zero grant will support “Bike Force,” a series of mobile bicycle pop-up shops staffed by youth mechanics that provide free bicycle maintenance, repairs, and education. Gearin’ Up will serve more than 1,200 District residents at 50 pop-up events, with special emphasis on locations East of the Anacostia River, where no bicycle shops exist. Gearin’ Up will continue to align its programming with District of Columbia Public Libraries (DCPL), District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS), and Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) events.
Safe Routes to School National Partnership - $117,000
The Safe Routes to School National Partnership will create “Safe Routes for Youth,” a program for teens in Wards 7 and 8 to support a youth-led Vision Zero agenda, develop youth leadership, and to implement activities that promote a culture of injury-free, healthy active transportation. The Vision Zero grant will support the goal of reducing collisions and fatalities over the medium to long-term by positioning youth in Wards 7 and 8 as community leaders who can engage their peers and District agencies on transportation safety and establish a youth-centered, culturally responsive transportation agenda. The program will prioritize approaches and design strategies that increase transportation safety for youth and conduct youth-led traffic safety education for young people. It will also seek to build understanding around safety issues affecting youth in Wards 7 and 8, including traffic injuries, street harassment, and street violence.
"Mayor Bowser is committed to eliminating serious injuries and fatalities in all eight wards, and we are excited that this year’s grant winners will boost the social equity of the Vision Zero initiative," said DDOT Director Jeff Marootian.
For the fourth consecutive fiscal year, the District has reserved a portion of revenue generated from Automated Traffic Enforcement to pilot innovative transportation safety projects. Grant funding was available to local non-profit, 501(c)(3) organizations and District Government agencies to help advance Vision Zero strategies. Vision Zero is the District’s plan to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries within our transportation system.
The mission of the District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is to enhance the quality of life for District residents and visitors by ensuring that people, goods, and information move efficiently and safely with minimal adverse impact on residents and the environment.