Designing Safe Streets for Pedestrians of Color: The Intersection of Equity Engineering and Vision Zero

Portland State University, Transportation Research and Education Center


Thursday, April 25, 2019, 4:15 p.m.
Thursday, April 25, 2019, 5 p.m. PDT

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Vision Zero is working to address the systemic problems in our transportation infrastructure by focusing on how to increase safety for people of color in the right of way. Clay Veka, Vision Zero Program Coordinator for the City of Portland, and Annamaria Perez, Vision Zero Data Analyst for the City of Portland, will provide an in-depth look at the racial equity framework used to build Portland’s Vision Zero Action Plan and the data used to support the work. They will share findings from community engagement that points to street lighting as a key tool for addressing both traffic safety and personal safety needs. And ask the audience to explore, “What more could we be doing to improve personal safety for people of color in the right-of-way?”

Marisa Trujillo DeMull, EIT, Engineering Designer at Alta Planning + Design, will discuss what racial equity looks like in active transportation engineering, how street lighting design impacts communities of color and the role agency engineers play in ensuring equitable solutions are found when agencies allocate resources internally. They will provide an argument for the role of engineering in addressing racial equity and workshop ideas around how to implement equitable engineering solutions.

Amber Ontiveros, Transportation Equity Consultant, will lead an in-depth question and answer session with the panel.


Marisa DeMull

Marisa Trujillo DeMull holds a BS in Civil Engineering from Portland State University and a BA in Political Science and Religious Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. With a background in programming, planning, and engineering, Marisa strives for an inclusive and equity-focused approach to her design. She worked ... Read More

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