2018 National Planning Conference

Addressing Inequities in Transportation Planning

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 4:15 p.m. - Sunday, April 14, 2019, 5:30 p.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198144

Location: 2008

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  • Learn about tangible, results-based 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.


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 session covers initiatives from current research and provides tools for changemaking by examining:

• the 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 lags.
• tangible, results-based strategies for addressing inequity in our planning process. See examples of equity-based guiding principles and evaluation tools.

Session Speakers

Tamika L. Butler
Toole Design

Lindsay Braun
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL

Jesus M. Barajas
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL

Anikwenze U. Ogbue
Toole Design Group
Baltimore, MD