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Vision Zero Cities: International Journal of Traffic Safety

Friday, November 18, 2016  
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Call for Article Proposals

Transportation Alternatives is now accepting proposals for Issue #2 of Vision Zero Cities: International Journal of Traffic Safety Innovation. The goal of Vision Zero Cities is to inspire urban centers around the world to their ability to reach Vision Zero.

We welcome proposals from a variety of authors, expertises and areas of interest. In general, we seek unique perspectives about how to improve traffic safety and prevent fatalities in urban centers. If you’re not sure if what you’ve got to say is right for us, don’t hesitate to drop us a line.

What We’re Looking For

In the past, Vision Zero Cities has featured work by business leaders, elected officials, city agencies, advocates, the families of traffic crash victims, artists, activists and urban planners. A diversity of voices is a priority. Perspectives from Africa, Asia and the Global South are given special consideration.

In an effort to reach Vision Zero, we seek to report on what is working and what isn’t. For example:

  • Case studies of a successful Vision Zero policies
  • New ideas that challenges traffic safety status quos
  • Overview of innovations in street design
  • Analyses of innovative technologies
  • Insights from traffic crash survivor or family members
  • Examinations of law enforcement practices
  • Accounts of effective Vision Zero advocacy
  • Examples of progress based in business or elected leadership

We are casting a wide net for Issue #2 and are open to any proposals at the intersection of Vision Zero and solution-making (consider: advocacy campaigns and tactics, tactical street interventions, urban planning and street design, government investment or technology). Anyone can write for the Journal, and we welcome submissions from practitioners, planners, advocates, victims of traffic crashes, elected officials, private sector leaders and businesses. Right now, we’re particularly interested in progressive takes on Level of Service, global variations in enforcement and the effectiveness of speed management on military bases.

In tone, Vision Zero Cities seeks to be approachable rather than academic. In content, however, we expect writers to adopt the rigor of a scholarly publication. We are not interested in opinion pieces which are not grounded in data. Citations, sourcing and careful research is expected.

Submission Guidelines

All proposals should be directed to the editor-in-chief, Jessie Singer, at

Proposals should concisely explain why your topic is relevant, introduce your thesis, and note any research or sources you will cite to prove it. All proposals should be less than a page in length. Outline in clear detail: the proposed thesis of your article, how you will support that thesis, and why this article is particularly relevant to the mission of Vision Zero Cities. Include a short biography of yourself and links to any other work you may have published.

We like to have a hand in shaping the article we publish, and strongly recommended you send a proposal over a completed article submission. However, if you already have written an article, you may submit this for consideration. We are also open to working with you to modify an already existing body of research.

Articles in Vision Zero Cities are 1000 words and illustrated with photographs. We have a thorough editorial process, and you should expect your work to be edited.

If you have any questions about these guidelines, please let us know via email, and we will be happy to clarify. Submission deadline is December 5, 2016, though we highly recommend reaching out sooner rather than later. Submissions that do follow these guidelines will not be considered.

About the Publication

Vision Zero Cities: International Journal of Traffic Safety is published annually by Transportation Alternatives and distributed online and at the Vision Zero Cities Conference in New York.

The first issue of was published in 2016. You can download a copy of Issue #1 here.


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  • extend planning beyond the classroom into the world of practice.