The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting social distancing have reshaped the transportation landscape: transit ridership has plummeted; normally congested highways have emptied; and some micromobility companies are pulling out of cities as demand has bottomed out. The pandemic, as well as our response measures, have not impacted all communities equally, and in many ways reflect and deepen pre-existing racial and social inequities in our communities. Transit dependent populations—predominantly people of color and people with low incomes—are often unable to work from home as they continue to provide the essential, front-line services that we all rely on. It is critical that we ensure inclusive, equitable, and diverse public outreach and engagement as part of the important decision-making processes ahead—whether for real-time responses to the pandemic, existing projects, or future transportation funding and planning scenarios.
This webinar builds off the “Principles for Equitable Public Outreach & Engagement” (https://nelsonnygaard.com/principles-for-equitable-public-outreach-engagement-during-covid-19-and-beyond/) authored by Nelson\Nygaard’s Naomi Doerner and Yanisa Techagumthorn and provides a venue for discussing how these principles can be put into action. Naomi and Yanisa will be joined by Zac Accuardi of the Natural Resources Defense Council and Cameron Steinback of Futurewise, who will share their practical experience with these principles.