Equity and Access in Los Angeles: Fostering active transportation culture in car country (Ann Niles Active Transportation Lecture)
- Slides from Seleta Reynolds' presentation are now available.
Despite its reputation as a city built for automobiles, Los Angeles has made huge strides toward promoting active transportation and transit. In a diverse city with a unique land use and transportation system, however, serving all residents poses a challenge.
It’s a challenge Seleta Reynolds, the general manager of the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, is up for. In Los Angeles, equity and transportation are bound together and the city's transportation department must take on equity in a big way.
Heading an ambitious plan that includes doubling the number of people riding bikes, Reynolds encounters issues such as nurturing a walking and cycling culture in low-income communities and making sure the wave of transportation technology doesn’t leave some groups behind.
Before coming to Los Angeles last August, Reynolds was a manager in the Livable Streets team at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, where she led project development for the city's Vision Zero effort to eliminate traffic deaths. Prior to that, she led the bicycle and pedestrian practice for Fehr & Peers and served as the city of Oakland’s bicycle and pedestrian coordinator.
The Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation’s Ann Niles Active Transportation Lecture series honors the legacy of Ann Niles, an advocate for livable neighborhoods. Niles pushed for better sidewalks and crosswalks to make Portland a safe and comfortable place to walk, and for bicycle routes and parking to do the same for bicycling. The annual forum furthers the IBPI mission to facilitate the exchange of knowledge among scholars, practitioners and community advocates around active transportation. More information on Ann Niles and the Ann Niles Active Transportation Lecture Endowment is available here.
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