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Arlington leaders honored for making routes to school safer

'Vision Zero for Youth U.S. Leadership Award' bestowed by advocacy group

The Arlington County government and school system recently were honored with the 2024 “Vision Zero for Youth U.S. Leadership Award” by the National Center for Safe Routes to School.

Arlington leaders were saluted for taking actions to reduce the risk to students around school zones.

“In all aspects of this work, the county demonstrates a commitment to assessment, improvement and pushing forward to action for streets that are safer and more inviting for active travel,” said Nancy Pullen-Seufert, director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School, a part of the University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center.

The county government’s Vision Zero Action Plan is in its third year of implementation, with the goal of zero injuries and fatalities in Arlington’s transportation network by 2030.

The awards program is now in its seventh year. Past recipients include Los Angeles; New York City; Fremont, Calif.; Lincoln, Neb.; and Seattle. The Milwaukee, Wisc., Safe Routes to School program received an innovation award during the COVID-19 pandemic.