Democratizing mobility and accessibility in American communities : transportation demand management and universal design approaches

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2023-04-20

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Mabalatan, Mark Francis

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Auto-centric infrastructure is not a sustainable path forward for mobility in the United States also continues to uphold institutional and historical marginalization against several vulnerable groups. Motor vehicle emissions contributes greatly to climate change and even with a hypothetical shift to electric vehicles, the production of such vehicles still takes an immense toll on the environment, presents increased risk for crashes, and negative implications for congestion and physical activity for community members. Mobility and accessibility are two distinct aspects of community experience that every community member has the right to. TDM and universal design are two approaches can create more accommodating transportation journeys in the public realm and on transit for specific protected groups and restore mobility and accessibility injustice for historically marginalized groups.

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