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.).