Washington, D.C. — The National Complete Streets Coalition announced its new Safe Streets Academy, a program designed to help jurisdictions transform their commitment to traffic safety into practice. The year-long Academy will bring together engineers, planners, and related professionals from three jurisdictions for an intensive, hands-on training on interventions to address traffic safety.

The Academy will include three in-person workshops, one in each of the recipient jurisdictions. All members of the Academy will receive travel stipends to attend all of the trainings, with real-world examples based in each community. Between the in-person trainings, coalition staff will host distance-learning sessions with the Academy members to help them make steady progress toward their goals.

The Academy will focus on:

  • Engineering countermeasures to reduce speed and improve safety;
  • Integrating land use and transportation;
  • Community engagement strategies;
  • Planning and designing for active transportation and transit;
  • Performance measurement;
  • Freight logistics;
  • Traffic operations;
  • Designing and operating for Vision Zero; and
  • Creative placemaking.

This new opportunity is available at no cost to jurisdictions thanks to a Safe Systems Innovation Grant from the Road to Zero Coalition. Applications may be submitted until Sunday, July 16 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. More information is available at https://smartgrowthamerica.org/safe-streets-academy.

An informational webinar about the Academy will be held on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. EDT. The National Complete Streets Coalition will provide an overview of the Safe Streets Academy and give prospective applicants the opportunity to ask questions about the Academy and the application process. Register to join this free event at https://cc.readytalk.com/registration/#/?meeting=tvnro81fvd4w&campaign=am3tboxokisa.