Mobility is an essential component to the vibrant, equitable, and sustainable cities of our future. To build this future, we need to do more than invest in technology. We need to invest in the people who will make the hard decisions around transportation, land use, housing, economic development, and other aspects of urban life. Josh Cohen, National Policy Director at TransLoc, wants to start that conversation by building relationships with and sharing ideas from today’s leaders who are imagi ...
In part 1 of a special 2-episode series focused on the lived experiences of people with disabilities, Zack Hurtz, Micah Lusignan, Krystal Monteros, and Tanisha Sepulveda share their everyday mobility challenges and what they believe is needed for equitable access to mobility for all.By TransLoc Inc.
Executive Director of the Alliance for a Just Society, LeeAnn Hall reminds us that it is people’s lived experiences that help define what barriers to access exist and highlights the importance of community leadership to illuminate the solutions.By TransLoc Inc.
We won’t achieve equitable mobility without involving local government. Co-host of the GovLove podcast Ben Kittelson takes us inside City Hall to break down how funding decisions are made at the local level and what you can do to change them.By TransLoc Inc.
Providing mobility options in the Cincinnati metro area that has over 200 different jurisdictions requires Andy Aiello of the Transit Authority of Northern Kentucky and Wade Johnston of Green Umbrella to show how all those communities benefit both from working together and connection to each other.By TransLoc Inc.
Ashton Simpson leads Oregon Walks, a non-profit organization that is advocating for everyone’s right to roam, a right that is too often obscured by political dithering and a reluctance to listen directly to those impacted by unequal access to mobility.By TransLoc Inc.
In a special episode celebrating some of the guest teachers of the upcoming Unurbanist Assembly, Mouchka Heller and Jose Richard Aviles explain how equitable access to mobility comes from finally starting to bring unheard voices to the table.By TransLoc Inc.
The Shared-Use Mobility Center’s CEO Benjie de la Peña shares how the market is constantly evolving to allow mobility to connect us to opportunity and community, from informal transportation throughout the Global South to the latest in shared micromobility in the US.By TransLoc Inc.
Though BikeWalkKC spearheaded the advocacy on decriminalizing walking and biking in Kansas City, they didn’t go it alone. Michael Kelley breaks down the process BikeWalkKC used to change city laws that were inequitably enforced and didn’t improve safety.By TransLoc Inc.
Reflecting on his 10 years as CEO of Rail~Volution, Dan Bartholomay highlights the importance of vision and true community engagement to create the alignment —and energy—required for truly impactful transportation projects.By TransLoc Inc.
Not only has Mitchell Silver prioritized equitable access to the 14% of NYC land that encompasses its parks, playgrounds, and recreational facilities in his role as commissioner of NYC Parks and Recreation, but he’s endeavored to make the spaces a place for joy and healing.By TransLoc Inc.
Most shared mobility systems like bikeshare weren’t started with equity as a foundational element. For those systems, Waffiyyah Murray and the Better Bike Share Partnership stand by to help ensure equitable access to mobility.By TransLoc Inc.
As founder of the Queer Advocacy and Knowledge Exchange, Guillermo Díaz-Fañas is working to ensure that the important work of designing infrastructure is done in a way that doesn’t just respond to issues like climate resilience, but to the humans who will you use it.By TransLoc Inc.
Implementing regional policy changes doesn’t happen overnight. Chrissy Mancini Nichols shares the little steps she took over a number of years to make major changes to how Chicago funds transportation.By TransLoc Inc.
Jameson Auten, Deputy CEO and Chief Operating Officer of the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority, understands that innovation is a trial and error process, and that things will get messier before they get better, but keeping your eye on the outcome, not the process, is the key to success.By TransLoc Inc.
Oonee’s Shabazz Stuart celebrates how cities are prioritizing safe, protected bike lanes in their communities, but, as he’s found out several times, if bike infrastructure stops at the street, bike riders may not have a bike when they return from work, school, or an errand.By TransLoc Inc.
Director of Transportation for the city of Somerville, Massachusetts Brad Rawson shares what makes Somerville so unique and how they are centering equity in their work by using science and data to remedy systemic injustices in transportation.By TransLoc Inc.
Across hundreds of guests and topics, Jeff Wood of The Overhead Wire and the Talking Headways Podcast has learned some fundamental lessons about infrastructure, access, and the nuance necessary to have a productive conversation about a complex topic like transportation.By TransLoc Inc.
Move LA founder Denny Zane was instrumental in getting transit funding measures passed in Los Angeles County. He shares the importance of seeing opportunities in otherwise disappointing turnouts to make improvements and try again.By TransLoc Inc.
SEPTA’s Leslie Richards has led organizations at the local, regional, and state levels cognizant of two things: that more women should be involved in public service and that the best way to lead is by listening.By TransLoc Inc.
Julia Thayne’s and Lilly Shoup’s careers have straddled the public and private sectors. Now, they are building Los Angeles’ Urban Movement Labs in the same way to solve transportation challenges for Angelenos.By TransLoc Inc.
As someone who has found her home in public service, Anita Cozart of the District of Columbia’s Office of Planning recognizes that while there is power in one voice, true change requires collective action and a heaping dose of courage.By TransLoc Inc.
In a special two-year anniversary episode, L’erin and Josh get updates from former guests, highlight some episodes that resonate with them, and celebrate the power of using one’s voice to advocate for an equitable, accessible, and verdant mobility future.By TransLoc Inc.
For Remix’s Rachel Zack and TransForm’s Jamario Jackson, the combination of technology and advocacy to advance mobility justice is more than an academic exercise; it’s a tool to achieve more equitable outcomes, if we’re willing to do the work.By TransLoc Inc.
To truly solve climate and poverty issues, the Shared Use Mobility Center’s Sharon Feigon believes it’s not enough to increase access to shared and low-impact mobility options like transit, bikes, and scooters. It will truly require changing how we do things in areas far beyond mobility.By TransLoc Inc.
L’erin and Josh discuss the week’s biggest news, including the Senate confirmation of Mayor Pete Buttigieg as the new Secretary of the US Department, parking minimums in Berkeley, and how we could drastically increase the usefulness of public transportation with a relatively small sum.By TransLoc Inc.
David Zipper shares how perverse incentives and negative externalities are part of the reason US transportation policy prioritizes decisions that benefit individuals and not those that benefit communities like public transit, sidewalks, and bike lanes.By TransLoc Inc.
Lessons in civic engagement from his immigrant parents and early rides on Amtrak and BART in the 1970s shaped California State Transportation Agency Secretary David Kim’s commitment to both public service and equitable mobility which he’s using today to transform the lives of all Californians.By TransLoc Inc.
Transit advocate Sunday Parker uses storytelling and pictures to help others overcome the lack of empathy for the systemic and ongoing barriers that impact public transit riders with disabilities, even 30 years after the Americans with Disabilities Act.By TransLoc Inc.
Michigan’s Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist and Chief Mobility Officer Trevor Pawl share how Michigan views the present and future of mobility, which combines the power of technology with ensuring those most impacted by change are involved in the process from the start.By TransLoc Inc.
Barb Chamberlain, director of the Active Transportation Division at Washington State DOT, shares how her upbringing shaped her desire to advocate for those whose voices are often ignored and to search for commonalities in order to get things accomplished.By TransLoc Inc.
Especially during COVID-19, Benita Hussain shares how getting 100% of US residents with park and greenspace access within a 10 minute walk of their homes is more important than ever and requires leaders to give decision making and design to the community itself.By TransLoc Inc.
Az Chougle, executive director of Transit Alliance Miami, has learned that advocacy is a “grand experiment in psychology” where clear goals, crisp communication, and a foundation of equity are necessary to advance your agenda.By TransLoc Inc.
After being the victim of an automobile-bicycle crash, Tara Pham co-founded street sensor startup Numina to give communities a better way to understand how people were using the street so that planners can create safer, more equitable, and more livable cities for its most vulnerable users.By TransLoc Inc.
Daniel Firth has spent his career helping communities around the world study and implement congestion pricing, one of the most politically challenging transportation tools available. One of the most critical lessons he’s learned can be applied beyond congestion pricing: start with why.By TransLoc Inc.
Being an advocate can be scary, especially when you are challenging those in power. Lynda Lopez has spent her career as an advocate confronting and overcoming that fear to both change narratives and center those who are most affected by policy.By TransLoc Inc.
As Chief Deputy Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Transportation, David Howard must balance not only the needs of both urban and rural transportation users, but also the potential of innovation with the foundation of transit networks.By TransLoc Inc.
The principles of good strength training that Paul Supawanich teaches moonlighting also have served him well in his day jobs as a transportation planner, consultant, technology executive, and, most recently, transportation advisor to San Francisco Mayor London Breed.By TransLoc Inc.
As co-founder of community engagement software, PublicInput.com, Graham Stone believes that equity is at the root of the success of any community, and to achieve that, those in power must listen obsessively to the people they serve.By TransLoc Inc.
From tactical applications on community engagement and a new car-free development in North Carolina to racial inequities in the streets of Portland and Los Angeles, L’erin Jensen and Josh Cohen cover the week’s news and learn just how much it costs to build a single parking spot.By TransLoc Inc.
As a former consultant himself, David Fields knows the risks of communities not aligning around clear goals and values before starting a project, a lesson he’s bringing to his new role as Houston’s first Chief Transportation Planner.By TransLoc Inc.
While once thought to be a problem for our grandchildren, climate change is here now. Amanda Eaken of the Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge shares how the best leaders are not only attacking climate change today, but rethinking community engagement for the long term.By TransLoc Inc.
Josh and L’erin discuss connections between Leadership Upside Down and recent news stories, including how advocacy groups engage with their communities, Denver’s reckoning with environmental racism, California going electric, and how we price our streets.By TransLoc Inc.
Amenities that make communities more attractive, more walkable, and better places to live can also lead to gentrification. Dr. Mariela Alfonzo of State of Place shares why using data to make better decisions—and thus create better policy—can mitigate the perils of rising housing costs and displacement.…
Dr. Tom Sanchez has spent over two decades studying how to create more livable cities. In that time, he’s learned that the traditional ways we’ve approached problem-solving hasn’t worked, and it’s time for experts of all areas to combine their knowledge to create the equitable cities that work for everyone.…
Delegate Robbyn Lewis believes we’re valuing the wrong things like how fast cars can move instead of how healthy our communities are. She shares her advocacy story and what she’s doing now in the Maryland House of Delegates to ensure that our streets are places of community, not division.By TransLoc Inc.
Like many of us, mobility shaped L’erin Jensen’s life, from public transit in middle school to an electric scooter last week. In her new role as co-host of The Movement Podcast, she’ll leverage this life experience and her journalism credentials to advance mobility equity.By TransLoc Inc.
As the co-chairs of Boston’s New Urban Mechanics, Nigel Jacob and Kris Carter are connecting the city’s strengths of innovation and creativity to an experimental approach to learning in order to make living and working in Boston better for all its residents.By TransLoc Inc.
In a complex world, we have to acknowledge that we are not, as activist Audre Lorde said, living single issue lives, meaning our solutions can’t be one-dimensional either. Ariel Ward and Brytanee Brown of At the Intersections share that the equitable solutions lie at the “epicenter of our complexities.”…
During James Rojas’s formal planning education and the beginning of his career, he found that planning tools relied on maps and infrastructure and overlooked the role of memory, creativity, and art, an oversight that excluded people and undermined what truly makes a city unique.By TransLoc Inc.
Atlanta’s Center for Civic Innovation once earned the imprimatur of “good trouble” from the late Representative John Lewis. Founder and Executive Director Rohit Malhotra shares the story of the Center and their mission to improve equality and build trust between communities and government.By TransLoc Inc.