If you missed the excellent discussion sponsored by America Walks with planning consultant and author Angie Schmitt and Charles Brown, here’s another opportunity to learn about Ms. Schmitt’s work and new book, “Right of Way” Race, Class and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America”.
Angie Schmitt is one of the best-known writers in the United States on the topic of sustainable transportation and she was a long-time reporter for Streetsblog USA. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Bicycling, and GOOD.
Last year, 6,590 people were hit and killed while walking in the United States — the highest number in 30 years.
In the new book, Right of Way: Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America, journalist Angie Schmitt shows us that these deaths are not unavoidable “accidents.” They don’t happen because of jaywalking or distracted walking. They are predictable, and occur in geographic patterns that tell a story about systemic inequality and the undeterred reign of the automobile in our cities. The victims are disproportionately people of color, immigrants, and poor. Far too often, the victims are unfairly blamed and forgotten.
Join us in diving into the research and realities behind why pedestrians are dying, and how we can imagine and demand safer, equitable cities here in the Bay Area.
Moderated by Marta Lindsey, Walk San Francisco’s communications director.
Co-presented by Walk San Francisco, SPUR, and Island Press.
Date: Wednesday October 14, 2020
Time: 5:00 to 6:00 Pacific Time