The Lifesavers Conference is the premier national highway safety meeting in the United States dedicated to reducing the tragic toll of deaths and injuries on our nation's roadways. Starting in the early 1980s, the Lifesavers conference attendance has grown steadily, drawing nearly 2,000 participants in 2009. Each year, the Lifesavers Conference provides a forum that delivers relevant and timely common-sense solutions to today's critical highway safety problems.
The conference addresses a wide range of safety topics, from child passenger safety and occupant protection to roadway and vehicle safety and technology. It offers the latest information on advances in highway safety, highlights successful programs and draws attention to emerging safety issues.
But sadly the conference workshop schedule offers scant programming for pedestrians and bicyclists. There are bright spots here and there such as the Safe Routes To School session, Road Safety Audits as well as several workshops concerning law enforcement. It would be difficult for conference attendees to take away a whole lot of bike/ped safety info from the conference but to borrow Woody Allen's famous quote "Eighty percent of success is showing up."
"Showing up" may help conference planners chart a new course to make next year's event more reflective of the National Highway Statistics. For example conference planners offer recommended tracks such as "adult vehicle occupant protection" track and "impaired driver" track. We will look forward to the addition of a "vulnerable road user" track at next years conference in Phoenix.
April 11 - 13
Pennsylvania Convention Center