Just Transition Webinar series: Safety & Security
9 March 2023 - 14:00-15:00 CET - Online
Reallocation of Space, Time, and Danger
Traffic deaths and serious injuries are neither a ‘neutral’ nor an ‘inevitable’ by-product of urban mobility. They’re not ‘inevitable’ because road risk has underlying structural causes. And they’re not ‘neutral’ because these structural risk factors put at a disadvantage certain groups of the population – impacts differ whether we consider income, age, disability, gender, and mobility choices.
This is a critical dimension of Transport Justice. The systematic allocation of more space to motorised traffic has enabled its users to save time by driving faster – raising risk for themselves, but also for others, especially for those who don’t enjoy the protection of a one-ton steel cage. The reallocation of space and time is a necessary condition for relieving the so-called “vulnerable road users” from a disproportional allocation of danger.
- Silvia Casorrán Martos, Deputy Chief Architect at Barcelona City Council
- Stuart Reid, Head of Insights and Direction at Transport for London Safety, Health, and Environment
- Mário Alves, Secretary General of the International Federation of Pedestrians
- Marco Te Brömmelstroet, Academic director of Lab of Thought & Urban Cycling Institute
- Paula Santos, Active Mobility Manager at WRI Brasil Ross Center for Sustainable Cities
Moderator: Pedro Homem de Gouveia (POLIS)
About the Just Transition Webinar Series
At the 2021 Annual POLIS Conference in Gothernburg, we launched the Just Transition Agenda.
Urban mobility has to change substantively, to become cleaner and more resilient- this is no secret. However, affordability, safety, and inclusivity must be at the heart of this transition.
However, there is a long road (train track and bike lane) yet to travel.
Therefore, we are delighted to announce our Just Transition webinar series. Across several online events from January to March 2023, we will traverse the multifaceted ways affordability, gender-related mobility patterns, age, cognitive capacities (and more), can guide the future of our cities and regions.
A truly Just Transition is one which addresses imbalance and unfairness across the entire mobility spectrum. Thus, each webinar will launch an examination into mobility justice from a specific perspective, in accordance with POLIS’ different working groups.
From freight to parking, traffic efficiency to active travel, electromobility to safety- and everything in between- we begin to discuss how each sector has its part to play, the challenges ahead, and how are cities and regions are treading new ground.
Event Limited to Members