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The Pedestrian Safety Crisis in the U.S.

This course discusses the social trends putting people at risk on U.S. streets and roads; why traffic safety is fundamentally a problem of systematic, structural inequality; and what U.S. planners and the public can do about it.

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Course Info

  • Duration 7 video lessons (53 Mins)
  • Published Published
    2022
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    1. Introduction Chapter Duration 1 min
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    2. A Brief History of Pedestrian Safety and Cars Chapter Duration 4 mins
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    3. Demographic Factors Chapter Duration 5 mins
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    4. Geographic Factors Chapter Duration 12 mins
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    5. Vehicle Trends and Pedestrian Deaths Chapter Duration 3 mins
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    6. Strategies and Solutions Chapter Duration 11 mins
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    7. Looking Ahead Chapter Duration 14 mins

What You Will Learn

  • Learn the history of how pedestrians have become marginalized.
  • Understand demographic risk factors.
  • Understand geographic risk factors.
  • Understand the trends that have led to rising pedestrian deaths.
  • Understand institutional barriers and why they need to change.
  • Learn how changes can be made to lower the risk for pedestrians.
  • How vehicle trends contribute to risking pedestrian deaths.

Course Description

More than 6,000 pedestrians are getting killed every year on U.S. streets and roads, representing an enormous 50 percent increase since the beginning of the 2010s. Angie Schmitt, the author of the book "Right of Way: Race, Class and the Silent Crisis of Pedestrian Deaths in America," will talk about the social trends putting people at risk on U.S. streets and roads; why traffic safety is fundamentally a problem of systematic, structural inequality; and what U.S. planners and the public can do about it.

Learn these skills

  • Civic Engagement
  • Land Use
  • Law and Policy
  • Pedestrian Planning
  • Public Health
  • Transportation
  • Urban Design
  • Urbanism
  • Walkability

AICP CM

This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.

SACPLAN CPD

This course is approved for 1 SACPLAN CPD point.

Meet Your Instructor

Angie Schmitt

Angie Schmitt

Angie Schmitt is a writer and founder of 3MPH Planning and Consulting, a Cleveland-based firm focused on pedestrian safety.

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