Texas leads the nation in traffic deaths, with ten people dying every day and fifty suffering life changing incapacitating injuries while using our transportation system. Vision Zero is a response to address this crisis head on that values the lives of all people, while they are riding on a bike, using a sidewalk, riding in a car, or working while using the Texas transportation system. So far, only the Cities of San Antonio and Austin have adopted Vision Zero and developed Vision Zero Action Plans. Both have already begun to move ahead of other Texas cities and are seeing results in the data. Every level of government in Texas should develop its own Vision Zero Action Plan to end traffic deaths, including cities, counties, and Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). Join a panel of people working at the forefront of transportation safety in Texas to hear how you can work with your local governments to save lives and build a safe, multimodal transportation system for all.
Jay Blazek Crossley holds a Masters in Public Affairs from the LBJ School at UT-Austin and the LINE Certificate from the Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives at Rice University. Crossley serves on the City of Austin Pedestrian Advisory Council, the City of Austin / Capital Metro Multimodal Community Advisory Committee, the Texas Strategic Highway Safety Plan Stakeholder Committee and several emphasis area teams, and as a member of the Board of Directors of Vision Zero ATX. Crossley has served as a member of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner Transportation Transition Team, Chair of the Houston – Galveston Area Council Pedestrian and Bicyclist Subcommittee, Member of the Mayor’s PlanHouston Implementation Advisory Committee, Member of the Houston Bicycle Advisory Committee, PlanHouston Indicators Committee, Co-Chair of the Houston Coalition for Complete Streets, Founder, Chair, and Treasurer of the Houston Access to Urban Sustainability Project, Board Member of Jane’s Due Process, College Houses Inc., Community Housing Expansion of Austin, and the Great Society Fund, Co-Chair of the Houston Food Policy Workgroup, member of the Texas Food Systems Workgroup, and as a member of the Houston – Galveston Area Council Our Great Region 2040 Regional Sustainability Plan By-Laws Subcommittee.
Kathy Sokolic is a board member of Vision Zero ATX and co-founder of Central Texas Families for Safe Streets. She envisions a world where no family realizes the loss of a loved one due to traffic violence.