Vision Zero Plan Aims to End Pedestrian Fatalities in New York City

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Vision Zero
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While attending Columbia University, where he received a master of science in urban planning, Daniel Hewes worked during the summer of 2014 in the office of New York Senator Daniel Squadron as a community affairs fellow. In this position, Daniel Hewes assisted in the creation of a pedestrian and curb safety action plan for Lower Manhattan.

Known as Vision Zero, the plan is designed to help eliminate pedestrian fatalities because of vehicle accidents. One study shows that 73 percent of fatalities in Manhattan involve pedestrians, stating that pedestrian fatalities actually grew by two percent between 2005 and 2013. The study identifies priority areas, corridors, and intersections that have the highest fatality rates and suggests steps to be taken in order to make the curbs and sidewalks safer. Senator Squadron serves the 26th Senate District of New York as a member of several committees, including the corporations, authorities, and commissions committees, along with the finance and transportation committees.

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Municipal Art Society’s Livable Neighborhoods Program

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Municipal Art Society
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Daniel Hewes graduated in the spring of 2015 with a master’s degree in urban planning from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. An involved member of his community, Daniel Hewes supports several local organizations, including the Municipal Art Society of New York City (MAS).

In pursuit of its mission to improve New York communities, MAS oversees a variety of programs and activities. Since 2007, the organization has conducted its Livable Neighborhoods Program, which helps empower New York residents to become advocates for their neighborhoods.

Through the program, participants can attend workshops on a variety of topics, including community data and mapping, city government and planning, and economic development. Free and open to all members of the public, the workshops are specially designed for members of neighborhood associations and other community groups.

Over the last 10 years, more than 2,000 New York residents have learned about community planning and city development through MAS’ Livable Neighborhoods Program. More information about MAS programs and activities can be found at www.mas.org.