Transportation justice is the belief that all neighborhoods and communities should have access to safe, reliable, and affordable transportation options. Having good alternatives to cars — such as public transit, bikes, and safe sidewalks — helps to ensure that everyone can access employment opportunities, decent schools and affordable housing. Additionally, less reliance on cars, reduces pollution. Transportation justice also seeks to ensure that everyone — including those with disabilities, the elderly, children, and low-income residents — all have equal access to good mobility.
On Thursday, June 30th, Bike Pittsburgh, Pittsburghers for Public Transit, and Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG) will host the Mobility is a Civil Right Townhall at the Kingsley Association. It is a forum created to connect transportation justice and social justice advocates and discuss current struggles for mobility and access. Speakers at this event will share their challenges and discuss ways for achieving more equitable transportation in our region.
If you’d like to attend this townhall, you can find out more information at their Facebook event page. Refreshments will be served and this event is free and open to the public.
Mobility is a Civil Right Townhall
When: Thursday, June 30, 6:00 p.m.
Where: Kingsley Association, 6435 Frankstown Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15206
Those interested in mobility/transportation issues, may also want to attend the Complete Streets Policy Public Meeting, on Thursday, July 7th at 6:00-8:00 p.m. at South Side Market House (1 Bedford Square, Pittsburgh, PA 15203). Complete Streets is the “simple concept that our public rights-of-way should be designed and maintained for all users, instead of just one type, the automobile” as described by Bike Pittsburgh. You can find out more about the City’s Complete Streets Policy here.