Nancy Pullen-Seufert is the Director of the National Center for Safe Routes to School at  the University of North Carolina (UNC) Highway Safety Research Center (HSRC).

Nancy is principal investigator in their Vision Zero for Youth Initiative, bringing together the Center’s experience of more than ten years serving as the US Dept of Transportation’s clearinghouse for the Federal Safe Routes to School program and more than 30 years of pedestrian and bicycle safety research to the new challenges communities, states and countries are facing in reaching zero traffic deaths and serious injuries.

Nancy has been at the UNC Highway Safety Research Center for 14 years. Her work has focused on pedestrian and bicycle safety and mobility, particularly for the school age population to which she brings a background in public health and injury prevention. She has led a broad range of projects including national evaluation of the Federal SRTS program, coordination of a combined education/enforcement campaign to reduce pedestrian and bicyclist injuries, International Walk to School Day coordination and technical assistance and resource development for State SRTS Coordinators.

In the session Vision Zero for Youth: An Initiative to Protect Children and Move Communities in Big Ways, Nancy will describe their strategy for helping communities build buy-in and political will, grounded in evidence and advice gleaned from interviews with small and large communities that have strategies specifically focused on protecting young walkers and bicyclists, and actions that communities can take to use the Vision Zero for Youth framework for their own benefit, particularly when tackling tough issues like speed.