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The Traffic Justice Institute

Location: Madison Ballroom of the Concourse Hotel
Date: Tuesday, September 5
Time: 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Registration: $75.00 (includes Lunch)

We typically speak of “accidents”, rarely of crashes or road violence; and rarer still do we treat them as matters of systematic injustice. Yet they are more than an accumulation of random events, more than a series of regrettable yet unavoidable byproducts of our transportation system. They constitute a deeply violent and anti-social assault on life, health and community.

Beginning with your participation in The Traffic Justice Institute, we plan to mount a campaign to redefine our societal perspective on motor vehicle crashes, and substantially reduce their occurrence. We will come at this goal from every possible angle, including transforming public discourse about road safety, holding drivers accountable for their actions, changing highway design to better limit motor vehicle speeds, enabling the full use of every enforcement technology, and curtailing the use of distracting electronic devices.

We see this as a national campaign, fueled by local groups. A small national staff will provide a broad perspective, technical advice, advocacy support, position papers, press releases, and coordination among local initiatives. Local groups will provide success stories through implementing a menu of local initiatives based on local needs and local interests.

The National Center for Bicycling and Walking has never tackled an issue this large, this complex, this significant. Join the effort! Attend the Traffic Justice Institute! Be able to tell your children and grandchildren that you were there when the magic happened! Be able to say you helped make them safer!

Special Book Preview
We encourage all who will attend the Traffic Justice Institute to purchase the following book, It's No Accident: The Real Story Behind Death and Injury on Our Roads, and read it before the conference. The book is available through the following Web site:

For those unable to make this commitment at this time, we've made special arrangements with the author, Lisa Lewis, to preview chapter nine, "Fragments of a Movement." Please take time to read this, you will not be disappointed.

To download "Fragments of a Movement" from It's No Accident: The Real Story Behind Death and Injury on Our Roads, click here. (PDF Format) Reprinted with the kind permission of the author, Lisa Lewis.

Please review the following background material in preparation for the Institute:

Important articles from Walt Seifert, Executive Director, Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA)

Please email any comments to Bob Chauncey.

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