Transportation class

Talia M. McCray, Ph.D.

CRP 384: Transportation, Access, & Equity Course

Transportation is vital to the health and well-being of individuals living in American cities. This course is designed to explore the urban transportation system, with an emphasis on accessibility and social equity. Key to the discussion is how transportation, land use, and social policies create barriers to activities that affect the quality of life for disadvantaged populations. Students will explore the degree to which transportation is a right, who are the transportation disadvantaged, and creative programs designed to encourage walking and biking in minority communities. We begin by using the Civil Rights Movement, the Montgomery Bus Boycott, as a historical context for framing how transportation legislation over the years has addressed social equity. Students become familiar with the spatial mismatch theory and various accessibility measures. Emphasis is placed on participation, critical thinking, and communication. Several case studies will be presented, and students will also have the opportunity to map their activity patterns using GIS. The professor uses videos and gaming-simulations such as HATS to assist students in understanding how policy changes and household structures affect activity patterns. This semester with the assistance of Mellow Johnny’s Bike Shop and the City of Austin’s Bicycle/Pedestrian Program, students will develop an urban bike program for minority communities in Austin.

Main Textbook: Hanson, Susan, & Giuliano, Genevieve, eds. (2004) The Geography of Urban Transportation, 3rd Edition, New York: The Guilford Press. ISBN 1-59385-055-7.

Syllabus Example [pdf]

Spring 2011 Final Project: African American Community Cycling Study [pdf]

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