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Sunday, March 10 • 9:45am - 10:45am
Changing the Conversation on Street Safety Through Listening

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In Philadelphia, members of the Vision Zero Alliance—a group of organizations including the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, AARP, the Clean Air Council, and others are committed to reducing traffic fatalities to zero by 2030--have begun organizing "Listening Sessions" to better hear from the communities most affected by traffic violence in Philadelphia.

These listening sessions are a bottom up approach to learn from specific neighborhoods about their problems, solutions they have, and their ideas for implementation. The listening sessions are located throughout West and North Philadelphia, two areas that have extremely high rates of traffic crashes and fatalities and are also generally underserved areas of the city, with high rates of poverty -- a correlation that is not a coincidence. These listening sessions were not necessarily bicycle-focused, but sought to understand what the residents of these underserved communities wanted in the effort to make their commutes and living situations safer, and more comfortable.  Listening session attendees have been eager to have their voices heard, and are hopeful for positive change in their communities.

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Brenda Hernandez Torres

Community Engagement and Partnership Coordinator, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
Brenda Hernández Torres, Mexican community organizer, was born in Mexico City, Mexico, and then moved to Philadelphia when she was 7 years old. She has dedicated her life to fighting for immigration justice and defending human rights. Brenda now leads social justice by identifying... Read More →
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Yocasta Lora

Ass. State director of Advocacy and Community Outreach, AARP
Yocasta Lora is the Associate State Director for Advocacy & Community Outreach at AARP Pennsylvania. She leads program development and implementation, volunteer management, local advocacy, and strategic partner relationships to advocate for equitable, accessible and healthier communities... Read More →
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Randy LoBasso

Policy Manager, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia
Randy LoBasso is a cycling advocate, college instructor, and journalist living in Philadelphia. Since 2010, he has been writing about a variety of bicycling-related topics, and has had bylines in Philadelphia Weekly, the Philadelphia Inquirer, Bicycling Magazine, Salon, Metro Philadelphia... Read More →

Sunday March 10, 2019 9:45am - 10:45am EDT
Jefferson 3rd Floor