BRT+ Centre of Excellence invites you to its monthly webinar series to share timely public transit research and encourage ongoing collaboration. Our September 2019 webinar will be presented by
Based on six years of qualitative and quantitative research on the intersections between gender, age, health and transportation, this presentation looks at the challenges and opportunities for planning sustainable transport in the 21st century. Far from being “just another interest group”, women and girls are majority users of public transport today, but sexual harassment and other issues threaten to undermine their loyalty to this important mode within the sustainable transport walk-bike-bus trio. Addressing their needs for safer, more comfortable and more efficient access and egress to public transport using intermodal walk-bike-bus strategies is one key lesson from this approach. Reinforcing key links between residential, service and transport needs is another: while local authorities may have limited tools for influencing employment and business location decisions, they typically have considerable control over the location of schools, primary health, street fairs, local stores and other services crucial to the multitude of care-related trips, performed mainly by women today. Finally, the emerging field of new masculinities opens up opportunities for innovative approaches to road safety and risk, along with improving social equity generally.
Dr Sagaris is an internationally recognised expert in cycle-inclusive urban planning, civil society development and participatory planning theory and practice. Born in Canada and working as a freelance journalist, after learning urbanism as an active citizen in post-Pinochet Chile, Dr Sagaris earned a Master of Science (2006) and a PhD (University of Toronto, 2012) in urban and regional planning. She directs the Laboratory for Social Change, a community-university participatory action research initiative and teaches several innovative planning courses, including one of the first university-level courses on cycle-inclusion, civil society and governance.She uses participatory action research methods to develop citizen-government collaborations for advancing sustainable transport, with a strong focus on social justice, inclusion and resilience. She is particularly interested in walk-bike-bus combinations that can address gender and other social needs. She also served on the founding board of the World Cycling Alliance (2015-2017), as one of two Latin American representatives, and remains an active member and collaborator as part of Muévete, Chile’s national citizen organization for cycling and sustainable transport.