America Walks Receives 2018 Road to Zero Grant

America Walks, in partnership with UNC Highway Safety Research Center, is honored to have been selected to receive one of the 2018 Road to Zero grants awarded by the National Safety Council earlier today.

The grant will be used to fund and implement a new technical assistance pedestrian safety program for midsize cities. The program will help selected communities assess, plan, and prioritize effective and context-sensitive safety treatments to reduce the growing numbers of pedestrian fatalities and injuries. Following a year of implementation, America Walks and its partners will share the results of the technical assistance and provide an outline of lessons learned and cultivate inspiration for other cities looking to address pedestrian safety.

“This work to improve safety and evaluate interventions is important now more than ever as we continue to see the rate of pedestrian fatalities rise in communities across the US,” said America Walks Executive Director Kate Kraft. “We are grateful to the National Safety Council for providing us with this grant to work with communities on this urgent issue.”

“Pedestrians remain one of the most vulnerable roadway users and face the greatest risks,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “America Walks is making our cities safer and these efforts are critical as we work to achieve zero deaths.”

America Walks and the UNC Highway Safety Research Center will launch work on the grant project later this year.