Matt Rodrigues, who assumed acting-in-capacity Eugene Traffic Engineer duties on February 1, was awarded the American Public Works Association’s Jennings Randolph International Fellowship to study implementation of Vision Zero. The award, one of only two to be handed out in 2016, reimburses Rodrigues $2,000 for his international public works study tour set for September.
Rodrigues will attend and present at the Swedish Association of Municipal Engineers Annual Conference in Sweden and perform a study tour relating to Sweden’s implementation of the Vision Zero Initiative. The initiative aims to eliminate transportation-related fatalities and serious injuries.
While overseas, Rodrigues will also travel to nearby Denmark, where he will learn about Denmark’s Road Safety Action Plan. It’s similar in goals and successes to Sweden’s Vision Zero Initiative. The trip will give Rodrigues a first-person perspective and valuable insight into how other countries are implementing life-saving techniques and how they may translate to Eugene.