This is our first attempt to highlight the actions of many of our members and put together a set of useful resources. We expect to add more in the coming weeks and always welcome recommendations. We do not try to link to every resource, but rather curate a set of resources that provide perspective and will be most useful to our members. If you have recommendations for this list, please share them.
Local and Regional Government Alliance for Racial Equity. The Tools and Resources include a how to manual for racial equity action plans, a toolkit to “Operationalize Equity,” and a white paper outlining best practices to advance racial equity in contracting and procurement. Also worth a look are the communications tools.
Mobility Equity Framework: Making Transportation Work for People. Greenlining Institute. (2018) A step-by-step guide to a more community-centered transportation planning process. It includes specific metrics to help evaluate mobility from an equity and community-centered perspective, as well as ideas for how to develop a people-based transportation planning process.
An Environmental Justice Strategy for Urban Transportation | Reimagine! Mann, E. (2005). Equity demands a mass movement of funds from the highway and rail interests to bus systems; and from suburban commuters, corporate developers, and rail contractors to the urban working class of color. Such a transformation will not happen until a mass movement of the transit-dependent users is built from the bottom up.
Equity in Bike Share Research. Transportation Research and Education Center. (2019). TREC-affiliated researchers have established Portland State University as a center for understanding how to make bike share more equitable.
Can Vision Zero Work in a Racist Society? By Tamika Butler. Medium (2018, October 23). For Vision Zero to succeed, there must be an explicit acknowledgment that racial bias in policing and planning is a problem. People of color know that race is a major factor in our safety and in our ability to succeed as we move about our cities. Any Vision Zero strategy that fails to explicitly and affirmatively acknowledge this disparity is one without true vision, honesty, and an ability to take into account the realities that people of color in this country face.
More from Tamika Butler (former CTC Commissioner):
New Routes to Equity: The Future of Transportation in the Black Community. Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. Accessed February 11, 2021. Shared mobility, electric vehicles, and autonomous vehicles are rapidly changing our entire transportation system. Transportation policy and planning have historically left behind the Black community. The emerging mobility options offer a choice between a continued legacy of transportation inequity or a reimagined, equitable transportation system. This report identifies comprehensive policies that provide a pathway toward an equity future. Importantly, the policy recommendations must be adapted and tailored to the specific needs of local Black communities based on meaningful community engagement in the decision-making process.
The Untokening Movement. The Untokening is a movement started by and for individuals from marginalized groups who occupy stolen Indigenous land in North America. We intentionally center the lived experiences of BIPOC individuals in our visioning and action around the future of transportation and mobility.