Pedestrians and Equity in Latino Communities
What You'll Learn
- Better understand how Latinos are impacting transportation mobility patterns, planning, and infrastructure, and ultimately pedestrian safety.
- Learn more about how low-cost pedestrian safety measures in low-income settings expand the range of traffic safety tools and mitigation measures available to planners.
- Explore ways to advance transportation equity.
More Course Details
Involvement by neighborhood traffic committees (NTCs) in traffic calming efforts is on the increase with generally positive results. However, low-income Latino and minority neighborhoods often lack traffic calming infrastructure.
This course explores community engagement in traffic calming efforts, which is believed to have a positive effect on traffic safety. As neighbors come together to claim their streets, they create a sense of place and increase safety by incorporating public art and the like.
The objective of the course is to help planners:
- become familiar with income-related nuances of pedestrian safety, particularly regarding risks to pedestrians in low-income settings and options for lower-costing mitigation infrastructure
- learn about engaging community organizations that can identify pedestrian safety hot spots and engage the neighborhood in designing traffic calming and garner support for implementation
- measure outcomes of projects
- learn about how Latinos effect change through their mobility patterns, resulting in a unique pedestrian vernacular streetscape
- understand community-based responses to and engagement with specific community-engaged affordable measures, particularly bottom-up approaches to traffic calming (i.e., speed bumps, planters, etc.).