Addressing Inequities in Transportation Planning

What You'll Learn

  • Learn about tangible, results-based transportation strategies that can be incorporated into planning work that address equity and inclusion.
  • Hear about the connections between bike lane investments and gentrification, and understand the importance of immigrant travel behavior in crafting transportation and land-use policies.
  • Consider the impacts of enforcement and policing elements in Vision Zero plans.

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Communities are waking up to the reality that while everyone uses roadways and sidewalks, not all residents are equally included in decisions to change them. Rightful concerns about gentrification, inequity, and exclusion have surfaced in many public projects.

This course covers initiatives from current research and provides tools for change-making by examining:

  • Links between bike lane investments and gentrification. Learn about research on investments in bike lane networks and gentrification/sociodemographic change in Oakland, California; Chicago; and Minneapolis.
  • The relationship between immigration, transportation, and land use, and how demographic changes influence transportation equity. The session explores findings about immigrant travel trends from the 2017 National Household Travel Survey and explains what accounts for such travel behavior.
  • The impact on communities of color as cities implement Vision Zero plans, leading to associated enforcement and policing impacts. Learn how some Vision Zero strategies disproportionately affect communities of colors, while investments in safer streets infrastructure lag.
  • Tangible, results-based strategies for addressing inequity in our planning process.

See examples of equity-based guiding principles and evaluation tools.