Session No. 4D

Achieving Vision Zero in Pennsylvania                 

From Sweden to State College, join panelists in a discussion on achieving Vision Zero in Pennsylvania, given national and international efforts to date.

Moderator: Gustave Scheerbaum, P.E., Director, Strategic Initiatives, Department of Streets, City of Philadelphia       

Achieving Vision Zero with Professional Language Reform

  • Bill Schultheiss, P.E., Vice President, Director of Sustainable Safety, Toole Design     

International Efforts and the State of Vision Zero in Sweden

  • Matts-Åke Belin, PhD, Director, Vision Zero Academy, Swedish Transport Administration

Vision Zero — PennDOT Perspective

  • Gavin Gray, P.E., Highway Safety Section Chief, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation


Bill Schultheiss is a registered professional engineer and is the Director of Toole Design Group’s Sustainable Safety practice. He works with city and state DOTs throughout North America to improve the safety performance of streets and enhance the livability of communities. He believes strongly in the engineering professions ethical duty to enhance the health, safety and welfare of the public. He is frequently requested to improve design guidance and has had the opportunity to refine the MUTCD, the AASHTO Bike and Pedestrian Guides, as well as numerous state and local agency design guides.

Matts-Åke Belin has more than 30 years of experience within the Swedish government primarily working with overall safety policies, strategies and collaboration with different stakeholders. Belin participated in the development of global road safety strategies and global partnerships for the World Health Organization in Geneva. He served as the international representative on TRB’s Transportation Safety Management standing committee (ANB 10). Belin was key in the preparation and organization of the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Stockholm in February 2020. He has a PhD in public health policy from Karolinska Institute in Stockholm and is now affiliated with KTH Royal Technology Institute there where he serves as adjunct professor on traffic safety. Belin is also responsible for research funded by the Swedish Transport Administration, promoting research in policy, implementation, and innovation within the transport sector with focus on Vision Zero.

Gavin Gray was appointed to the position of Chief of the Highway Safety Section in August of 2015. He oversees the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s highway safety programs. These programs include the establishment of safety policy, analysis of crash data, development of educational and enforcement activities to improve behavior al safety aspects of drivers and safety infrastructure improvements. Gray has spent 25 years in the engineering field at PennDOT, including more than 13 focused in transportation design. Since joining the Department in 1995, he has held numerous positions including Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary for Highway Design Manager. Gray is a licensed professional engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science in Structural Design and Construction Engineering Technology from Penn State.


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Dec. 9, 2021

12:15 to 1:30 p.m.




The Transportation Engineering and Safety Conference (TESC) attracts professionals from throughout Pennsylvania, the mid-Atlantic region, and the country. It is an authoritative source of information on pressing issues from some of the foremost experts in transportation today.

Thomas D. Larson Pennsylvania Transportation Institute

201 Transportation Research Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4710

Phone: 814-865-1891