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professionals hire and promote more women, particularly women
of color, into positions of power and engage with them to better
grasp an understanding of their behavior and usage differences
to improve their overall safety, access and mobility. This effort is a
proactive stance against gender and process/participation inequities.

Revisit Marketing and Communications
Materials and Strategies
Far too often, online and print documents of engineers and planners,
specifically before-and-after project-related photo renderings, do
not include a more just and fair representation of minority groups,
including persons with disabilities and racial, ethnic, religious, and
sexual minorities. As a result, these minority groups do not feel
connected to or included in many of the historic and contemporary
advances in transportation, whether it be bike share, e-scooters,
or autonomous vehicles. This can also result in real and perceived
fears of gentrification and displacement. To change this narrative
moving forward, it is imperative that engineers and planners revise
and create marketing materials, before and after photo renderings,
websites, and social media pages that include more diversity and
representation of minority groups. This effort is a proactive stance
against cultural, racial, and ethnic inequities.

Foster Equitable Treatment of Diverse Languages
Consistent with the recommendations to increase the representation of minorities in print and online materials, and engage with
foreign-born and LEP populations, it is imperative for engineers and
planners to consider the multitude and diversity of languages spoken
in communities and homes across America. According to the U.S.
Census Bureau, nearly one-quarter (21.9 percent) of Americans are
persons with a language other than English spoken at home.4 In
order for engineers and planners to adequately and effectively reach,
engage, and involve these groups in transportation decision-making
processes, it is imperative that they foster more equitable treatment
of diverse languages in the public sphere, communications and
marketing, and planning processes. This effort is a proactive stance
against language, cultural, racial, and ethnic inequities.

Safeguard Against Discriminatory Institutional and
Community Policing
An August 2019 article by CityLab reported that "in the U.S.,
African Americans are 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police
than white people. For black women, the rate is 1.4 times more
likely."5 Other well-documented and researched articles reveal very
similar instances of harassment and discriminatory enforcement
of black and brown mobility in the United States, regardless of
modality-including car, bicycle, train, bus, airplane, boat, etc.
Given the rise of Vision Zero in North America and the necessary
requirement of enforcement as a strategy to decrease traffic

violence, engineers and planners must engage with law enforcement
AND members of the community to develop effective strategies
at reducing discriminatory institutional, organizational, and
community policing and enforcement against low-income, racial,
ethnic, religious, and sexual minorities. This effort is a proactive
stance against racial, ethnic, and process/participation inequities.

Move From Behind Your Computer and Engage With
Others in the Streets
True equity work requires more than a desktop exercise or activity.
It requires intentionality. It requires finding comfort while being
uncomfortable. It is requires checking our individual and group
privileges at the door. It requires getting to know people and places
more intimately. Most importantly, it requires professionals to
move from behind their computers and engage with the people-all
people-in the streets. Because if "sitting is the new smoking,"
being solely a desktop engineer, planner, or researcher, is like
"lip-synching during your own live performance." This effort is a
proactive stance against ALL inequities. itej

References
1. Dangerous by Design. Smart Growth America and National Complete
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2. "Older Adults and Transportation." National Aging and Disability
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3. Rojas, Rick and Swales, Vanessa. "18 Transgender Killings This Year Raise
Fears of an 'Epidemic.'" The New York Times, September 27, 2019 https://
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Charles T. Brown, MPA, CPD is a street-level researcher and urban planner working at the intersection of
transportation, health, and equity at the Edward J.
Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He is a
national thought leader in transportation planning, policy, and
research and is often invited to speak locally, nationally, and
internationally. He encourages those interested to text him directly at
+1-385-282-4477.
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