But the only thing we need to talk about is the violence against BIPOC in our streets and how to stop grotesque human rights violations in our public spaces (and our homes). And further, how we as walkable community leaders and advocates uphold anti-racist principles in every act of our work.
We are still figuring this out for ourselves and welcome your feedback. Here are some resources and writings that address adopting an anti-racist framework:
Making Meaning and Finding Solutions for a Better Future
+ 5 Tips for Sparking Walkable Community Change
There is no denying the significant suffering that COVID 19 has brought and will continue to bring for months and perhaps years ahead, however, there is also no denying that our future can be different from our past.
This is a moment in time to reflect and rejoice in the people-first, community changes we know we have the power to create. Read more from our Executive Director, Kate Kraft, and get tips for how to activate authentic community change.
Research in Action: Results for How Municipalities Are Addressing Increased Demand for Safe Public Space
We asked you to become a real-time citizen scientist on how your streets are being repurposed during COVID-19 and the polls are in. Our panelists with UNC’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center presented on an effort to collect and analyze data on these strategies in order to identify community-based factors related to their adoption, impacts, long-term viability, and potential unintended consequence.
They also shared ideas for creative approaches in estimating the impacts of COVID-19 on walking conditions and pedestrian activity. Check out the results and the recording for the interesting conclusions.
Thanks to pressure from walkable community advocates, with Walk Austin's lead, the Austin City Council just passed a Healthy Streets program. A big deal for the over 40 percent of Austinites who don’t live within a 10-minute walk of a park.
Gabe Colombo, an urban design intern at Black + Vernooy Architecture and Urban Design in Austin, walks us through the details.