Friday, April 16, 2021

Resource: New Support to Improve State & Local Safety Coordination


New Support to Improve State & Local Safety Coordination

Anyone working on traffic safety efforts – whether at the local, regional, State, or Federal level – knows that coordination between the various levels can be challenging. Even when agencies share the same overarching goal of safety, their policies, practices, and communications may not always align. Now there’s a new helpful resource which we helped to develop and has been recently released by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA): Strategies to Coordinate Zero Deaths Efforts for State and Local Agencies. We hope it is helpful in advancing your safety work.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Upcoming Webinars from Vision Zero


Making Progress: Vision Zero in Denver, Colorado

April 15 @ @ Noon-1:00pm PT / 1:00-2:00pm MT / 3:00-4:00pm ET

As the number of national traffic deaths has increased alarmingly at the national level recently, there are signs of hope on many local levels. Join us to hear about Vision Zero progress in Denver, Colorado, thanks, in part, to their focus on lowering speed limits and redesigning streets to be slower and safer. Is the approach perfect? Of course not. But the work happening is yielding encouraging safety results and building momentum for more positive change in the future. Register now.

Addressing Unjust Financial Penalties in Traffic Safety

May 12 @ 10 am PT / 1 pm ET

Recognizing and addressing inequities and injustices in traditional traffic safety work – including Vision Zero – must be a priority at all levels. What does prioritizing racial- and income-equity mean in your local- or state-based Vision Zero advocacy?

Join us for an important opportunity to learn from the Fines and Fees Justice Center, about how traffic citations and the resulting financial penalties disproportionately harm low-income communities and people of color. Register now.

Webinar: Using the "Ask Listen Learn" Program in Your Middle Schools

 Webinar: Ask, Listen, LearnKids and Alcohol Don’t Mix.

SHSO youth and impaired driving coordinators and law enforcement liaisons are invited to join GHSA and on April 22 at 2 p.m. ET to learn about Ask, Listen, LearnKids and Alcohol Don’t Mix.  Developed for kids 9-13 years of age, this free, evidence-based underage drinking prevention program helps parents and teachers start and continue a lifetime of conversations with children and teens about the effects of alcohol on the developing brain. The digital program was updated in 2020 to include the impacts of cannabis.

This webinar is about a completely FREE digital underage drinking prevention program for kids ages 9-13 (grades 4-7), their parents and educators with the goal to prevent underage drinking. The webinar will be geared towards youth/impaired driving coordinators and LELs and will discuss’s Ask Listen Learn (ALL) underage drinking prevention program. After a welcome by GHSA's Jonathan Adkins,'s Helen Gaynor will provide an overview of the program and talk about resources available through ALL. At the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to ask questions, request more information and sign up for a back to school event.

Time: April 22, 2021 at 2 p.m. ET

Register Here:

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

CDOT unveils display at Stanley Marketplace featuring stories of distracted driving victims





Sam Cole, CDOT Communications Manager
 303-859-1304 (text or call)

April 14, 2021

CDOT unveils display at Stanley Marketplace featuring stories of distracted driving victims 


DENVER— Today, CDOT unveiled a life-size car dashboard display at Stanley Marketplace that allows people to look through the windshield and experience the true stories of people injured or killed in distracted driving crashes. Visitors are encouraged to stop and view the stories at the display or scan a QR code to hear from the victims themselves at

Link to media kit: 

“Distracted Driving continues to be a dangerous issue on Colorado roads,” said CDOT Communications Manager Sam Cole. “An average of 42 crashes a day involve a distracted driver and the consequences can be truly life-changing. This display aims to educate drivers on the devastating impacts that distracted driving can have on our roads.”

Designed to look like the front seat of a car, visitors can stand behind the steering wheel and look through the windshield, just as if they were driving. Instead of the road ahead, they will see what they should be focused on while driving: real people, with real stories of grief. A screen behind the windshield will highlight the stories of four distracted driving victims, each of whom has been personally impacted by the actions of a distracted driver.

CDOT’s Distracted Driving Victims Display will remain at Stanley Marketplace through the end of April as part of Distracted Driving Awareness Month. The display represents one of many efforts CDOT is embracing to get the word out about Distracted Driving this month through its Distraction Reactions campaign. Coffee sleeves and window clings can be found in coffee shops statewide while digital ads prompt viewers to rethink their distracted driving behaviors and consider the reactions of those around them. Partner organizations and individuals are also invited to share educational materials through their own channels. 

“Every time I see a distracted driver my first thought is to get as far away from them as possible,” said Susan Dane, founder of Coloradans Organized for Responsible Driving (CORD). “My second thought is to ask: is it worth it? I lost two friends to a distracted driver, there’s no reason for more lives to be lost due to distracted driving.”


For more information about distracted driving in Colorado and to learn more about the Distraction Reactions campaign, visit:



CDOT’s Whole System-Whole Safety program has one simple mission — to get everyone home safely. Our approximately 3,000 employees work tirelessly to reduce the rate and severity of crashes and improve the safety of all modes of transportation. The department manages more than 23,000 lane miles of highway, more than 3,000 bridges and 35 mountain passes. CDOT also manages grant partnerships with a range of agencies, including metropolitan planning organizations, local governments and airports. It also operates Bustang, the state-owned interregional express bus service. Gov. Jared Polis has charged CDOT to further build on the state’s intermodal

Funding Opportunity: Community Rides Grant Program

The National RTAP Community Rides Grant Program offers current recipients and subrecipients of the Federal Transit Administration (FTA)'s Formula Grants for Rural Areas (Section 5311) program the opportunity to apply for grant awards of up to $100,000 for projects that develop or strengthen transportation partnerships that improve social determinants of health in rural and tribal communities. There is no minimum grant award, and local match is not required. The project duration is fifteen (15) months.

All applications must be submitted through the National RTAP SurveyMonkey Apply online grant portal at, which opened on April 7, 2021.

Before beginning your application online, be sure to read the entire Request for Proposals (RFP).

The application deadline is May 10, 2021 at 11:59 PM EDT.


Informational Webinars

National RTAP is offering two webinars for interested applicants, in order to answer questions and provide an overview of the RFP and the online grant application system. The webinars will also feature speakers who will share examples of transportation partnerships and lessons learned.

Registration is required to attend. The webinars will be recorded. During registration, you can submit questions to be addressed during the webinar.

Webinar 1: Program Overview and Transportation Partnership Examples
March 23, 2021, 2:00-3:00 PM ET

Webinar Recording | PowerPoint | Q&A Document (updated 3/31/21)


Webinar 2: Project Development, Performance Measures, and Application Portal Overview
April 15, 2021, 2:00-3:00 PM ET


Questions and Updates

If you have questions, please refer to the Q&A Document or email

Sign up here to receive updates about the Community Rides Grant Program, such as when the application portal opens, the posting of the webinar recordings and Q&A document, and any changes to the RFP.

The primary contact for this program is Liz Taylor, National RTAP Assistant Director, or 781-404-5015. 



This Community Rides Grants Helpful Resources document provides links to elearning courses, guidebooks, technical briefs, webinars, and other resources that may help interested applicants develop successful projects and write strong proposals. 

The resources cover topics including Grant Writing, Transportation Partnerships/Coordination, Health Transportation, Inclusive Planning, and Performance Measures.

Healthy Neighborhood Investments: Policy Convening for Advancing Health and Racial Equity


Join us for the upcoming Healthy Neighborhood Investments: Policy Convening for Advancing Health and Racial Equity, May 19 and 20 at 9:00-11:00 am PT/ 12:00 – 2:00 pm ET.

Be part of the conversation as we engage audiences across California and beyond to extend the reach and use of the recently published Healthy Neighborhood Investments Policy Scan and Strategy Map and collaborate to identify state and local policy recommendations. The Policy Scan builds on the Thriving Together Springboard for Equitable Recovery and Resilience and identifies several policy actions for advancing health and racial equity through cross-sector investments and serves as a tool for community-owned priority setting that reduces inequities and strengthens neighborhood revitalization, with a geographic emphasis on California.


Day 1: Featured plenary speakers on May 19 from 9:00-11:00 am PT/ 12:00 – 2:00 pm ET: 

Day 2 on May 20 from 9:00-11:00 am PT/ 12:00 – 2:00 pm ET:

Track 1 will aim toward actionable steps multisector collaboratives can take to identify opportunities for leaders to advance local policy change, embed civic muscle and belonging into policy design, and garner support for policy change. Join us if you would like to work together to brainstorm action steps for your multisector collaborative to advance local policy.

Track 2 will focus on identifying a California Policy Platform across organizations and leaders to collectively advance policy for holistic community health and racial equity. Join us if you would like to work together to identify and pursue shared goals for California policy actions.

Register here!

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Webinar: Traffic Safety for All Ages


National Safety Council

Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for kids in the U.S., yet they are often left out of roadway safety conversations. An upcoming webinar, Traffic Safety for All Ages, will explore programs and resources available to cultivate an interest in traffic safety for young road users.

Register for this April 15 webinar to learn how we can address the devastating trend of youth fatalities on our roads.