In addition to my role as a new Price Tags contributor (thanks all for reading!), I have an academic and professional background in transportation, social equity, and the environment, and currently specialize in planning for transport equity, with an emphasis on walking and cycling.
Invariably tied to this are important considerations that relate to transport, such as land use and development (commercial and residential), climate change, displacement, gentrification, and (of course), the needs and wants of actual people.
Thus, when planning for transport equity, it is about more than just finding ways to engineer our way from point A to B. It is about finding ways to create safe, secure, inclusive, and environmentally sustainable places (yes! streets are places!) that improve mobility and accessibility fairly, and assist people in their ability to participate and flourish in socio-economic life.
With equity emerging as a hot topic, I often hear the question: “what is equity?” and, depending on the context, “how can it be achieved?”. In reality, equity can be defined in many ways, and there are also many ways one can work to achieve it.
For all these reasons, I will be authoring a series called “Equity Perspectives”, aimed at providing equity-related perspectives and insights on a variety of topics. My hope is that this series can contribute to a better understanding of what equity is, and how it can be more effectively incorporated into planning and policy-making.
I encourage your feedback, including topics you would like me to explore or provide commentary on!