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Barriers to Walking, Biking, and E-Scooter Use in Black Communities in the United States


Barriers to Walking, Biking, and E-Scooter Use in Black Communities in the United States

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Centering Intersectionality in Public Transit

When you consider how people with compounding identities may experience overlapping structures, and systems of oppression – we call that intersectionality. Today, we’re going to focus mostly on how Black women, femme and trans folks have had their mobility arrested while navigating public transit.

Stopping and searching cyclists is just one way that Black and Brown Americans have had their mobility arrested. Today, we’re breaking down the arguments for why cyclists should have the same protection from police stops as people in cars.

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Your Host,
Charles Brown

Charles Brown is the founder and CEO of Equitable Cities, a transportation consulting firm.

Charles T. Brown is the founder and principal of Equitable Cities, a minority- and veteran-owned urban planning, public policy and research firm focused at the intersection of transportation, health and equity. He is also an adjunct professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University.

Charles is an award-winning expert in planning and policy and has been interviewed by several notable outlets including the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, VICE and Bloomberg CityLab. He is highly regarded as a keynote speaker and leads workshops on transportation, health and equity for audiences worldwide.

Charles previously served as a senior researcher with the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, where he authored several groundbreaking national and local studies that redefined how experts analyze the role of race and racism in transportation and mobility.

He is a certified instructor with the League of American Bicyclists, received a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Professional Designation (CPD) from the National Institute on Crime Prevention and is also a proud and active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated.

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