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February 28, 2024

SCARP Speaker Series: Moving transportation equity forward

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Students, faculty, alumni, planners, and friends near and far are all welcome! 

Next up:

Dr. Meghan Winters, SFU Faculty of Health Sciences / CIHR/PHAC Applied Public Health Research Chair
Dr. Victoria Barr, Principal, LevelUp Planning Collaborative

Moving transportation equity forward: promising practices from Canadian case studies

Over one million Canadians are living in transport poverty, where their ability to access vital opportunities is limited by inadequate, unsafe, or unaffordable transportation options. Injustices in our transportation systems— built over time by inequitable planning and practice—stand in the way of people’s access to jobs, education, healthcare, and social activities, ultimately impacting their health, well-being, and quality of life. City builders are recognizing that the way transportation has been planned, designed, and delivered is unfair and needs to change. At the same time, governments are ramping up investments in sustainable transportation infrastructure and putting equity on their policy agendas. Cities have an opportunity to build transportation systems that work for everyone, but how can equity be actioned on the ground? 

Join us to hear about promising practices for realizing transportation equity in Canadian cities and the pivotal role of city builders in moving equity from rhetoric to reality. 

This talk will explore findings from INTERACT’s new report, “Practices and Inspiration for Sustainable Transportation Equity: Case Studies from Canadian Cities”. Developed in collaboration with LevelUp Planning and transportation and equity professionals from across Canada, the report assembles practical guidance on ways cities can embed equity in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of transportation interventions. Join us as we delve deeper into key insights from the report, including what transportation equity really means, takeaways for municipal policymaking, and lessons learned from the transportation equity journeys of New Westminster, Edmonton, and Ottawa

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Meghan Winters, PhD

Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
CIHR/PHAC Applied Public Health Research Chair

Meghan Winters is a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Her research focuses on how city design impacts mobility, safety, and health, and on equity considerations within cities’ policies and plans. She and her team work with decision-makers and community groups at the intersection of health, urban planning, and transportation to generate actionable evidence and tools to shape livable, sustainable, and equitable cities. 


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Victoria Barr, PhD

LevelUp Planning Collaborative

Dr. Victoria Barr brings 30 years of expertise and passion as a planner and community well-being practitioner, specializing in the connections between equity and community planning. She holds a master's degree in public health and a PhD in planning right here at SCARP. She brings out the best of both fields in her practice.


Event format

  • Each event will be open to the public. 
  • Light refreshments will be served. 
  • Speaker will present for 30 minutes, each followed by 15 minutes of Q&A and then an open session of networking and chat. 
  • While these events are exclusively in-person, presentations will be recorded and available online for those who can't attend personally.

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Date + Time
Wed, February 28, 2024
1:00pm - 2:30pm PT

In Person Event
West Mall Annex

West Mall Annex
1933 West Mall
Vancouver BC

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