Join America Walks Sept. 8,  1-2 p.m. Eastern for a review and discussion of Angie Schmitt’s new book, Right of Way: Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America. Angie was the long-time national editor at Streetsblog and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Bicycling, GOOD, and Landscape Architecture Magazine.

Right of Way documents the traffic violence that occurs daily on America’s streets and reveals the racist policies and practices that create this tragedy. The webinar will be hosted by Charles Brown, America Walks Board Member and senior researcher with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, who wrote the foreword to the book.

Learn more and register by clicking here. 

Avoiding Gridlock: Strategies to Keep Cities Moving in a Pandemic & Beyond

As cities are beginning to reopen, traffic is quickly increasing. People are not riding transit at pre-pandemic rates, leaving cities to reassess how their transportation systems can function efficiently. Roadways were already at or above capacity before the pandemic hit, and now congestion is on its way to being even worse, resulting in gridlock that will hamper economic recovery efforts. This webinar will cover recent transportation trends in cities, the risks of increasing traffic congestion, and the tools and techniques cities are using, from the expansion of micromobility and congestion pricing to a variety of transit priority measures, to avoid increased congestion and gridlock.

COVID-19 and Active Transportation Webinar

Ensuring that families get safely to and from school is top of mind for all of us. Planning and communications should consider all modes by which Georgia’s children travel to and from school including walking and bicycling.

Join us for a virtual presentation and discussion on how a partnership with Georgia Safe Routes to School can benefit your school and community. We will also focus on active transportation and ways to make the commute safer and fun while reducing car line traffic.

Date: August 24, 2020

Time: 12:30 p.m. ET

Duration: 1 hour (30 min. presentation & 30 min. discussion)

Register here to send an email to Russell Oliver, Senior Planner II with a message that you would like to participate.

Webinar: Best Practices for Incorporating Equity Into Performance-Based Processes

Recent events have further highlighted the systemic inequities built into American society, and our transportation infrastructure is no exception. People of color consistently experience worse mobility outcomes than white people, with longer and more difficult trips to access employment and other critical needs. These barriers have a major impact on economic stability and wealth accrual. To rectify these problems, the transportation sector needs to integrate equity into its methods for allocating resources. This webinar will highlight research published in a recent American Planning Association Planning Advisory Services Memo on using equity-oriented performance measures in transportation planning, documenting current methods in practice, and suggesting approaches for improvement. More information.

Webinar: Congestion Pricing’s Role in Building More Equitable Transportation Systems

Congestion pricing is an idea that has broad support from transportation practitioners. However, many elected officials and members of the general public are skeptical that these charges, which would apply to drivers on the busiest roads during the busiest times of day, are regressive fees. Well-designed congestion pricing policies can not only minimize impacts, but can also address current inequities in today’s transportation system by dedicating revenues toward improving non-single occupancy vehicle options, like public transit. In this webinar, our panelists will discuss how to build equity in to the process of developing congestion pricing, the policy itself, and how to measure equity in transportation systems. More Information.

Transit in a Pandemic: The Way Forward for MARTA and the BeltLine

How has MARTA and its transit partners been affected, and what is the path forward? On August 13 at 6:30pm, BeltLine Rail Now! will host an online forum focused on the pandemic’s impact on ridership, finances and planning at MARTA and the Atlanta BeltLine. Other topics will include an update on BeltLine light rail, which has been greenlit by MARTA for part of the loop, and a broad-ranging discussion about the post-pandemic future of public transit in Atlanta. Registration and more information.