When it comes to transportation planning, gathering public feedback is a crucial part of building bike networks that work for everyone. Still, many cities struggle when it comes to community engagement. While authentic and equitable community engagement will look different everywhere, there are some best practices that can be applied across the board. In this episode, we focus on Oakland, California, where the pandemic response contains lessons for centering the voices of residents, particularly those from historically marginalized neighborhoods.
Today, U.S. cities are using a new tool to help make bike transportation a mainstream part of urban American life: protected bike lanes. As this investment has taken place, city leaders and community activists have asked us for advice on how to make sure their decisions about this infrastructure don’t continue the cycle of oppression.
More people riding bicycles creates stronger, safer and healthier communities. The key to getting more people biking is to provide safe, convenient and attractive places to ride.
Justice-oriented advocates are generally denied the opportunity to bring their whole selves to a space and are more likely to be tokenized — forced to pick their battles, to speak within a constrained set of categories, to suffer outright dismissal for straying too far from those categories, and to serve as stand-ins for the entirety of the diverse communities they represent. These principles were drafted using perspectives gathered at "The Untokening: A Convening for Just Streets & Communities" held in Atlanta, GA on November 13, 2016. Instead of offering ready-made solutions, these principles outline recommendations for mobility justice that are rooted in the liberation of historically marginalized communities.
Questions? We have answers.