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Cities Research Seminar Series: Calming New York: An Examination of Neighborhood Slow Zones

A seminar by Jonas Hagen, of Columbia University, on the Neighborhood Slow Zones program in New York City. Every year, there are about 60,000 traffic casualties in New York City, including over 200 traffic deaths. Many cities in Europe and the UK created safer streets by implementing area-wide traffic calming. New York City’s “Neighborhood Slow Zones” program is the first systematic area-wide traffic calming program in a major US city. This seminar examines the program in terms of environmental justice, traffic safety, and street design.

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Speaker: Jonas Hagen

Jonas Hagen has collaborated on urban planning and transportation projects as a researcher and practitioner in New York City, Bogotá, Montevideo, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, among other cities. He has worked at the United Nations, the New York City Department of Transportation, and the Institute for Transport and Development Policy (ITDP). Jonas has a BA in International Relations, an MS in Urban Affairs from Hunter College (City University of New York), and recently finished a Ph.D. in Urban Planning at Columbia University. His research focuses on environmental, public health, and social equity outcomes of transportation systems.

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