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PLAN 590: Field Skills for Road Safety Professionals

Deaths and serious injuries from traffic crashes have been rising steadily on US roadways in recent years. Despite growing investment in safe walking and bicycling facilities, pedestrians and bicyclists bear a disproportionate share of these deaths and injuries. Through a combination of field work, lab activities, guest lectures, and facilitated discussions, the Road Safety Fields Skills course introduces students to data collection, analysis, and communication techniques that are critical for understanding and advancing road safety for all.

Typically offered: Fall, in conjunction with the Roadways for a Safer Future lecture series

PLAN 639: Complete, Safe, Equitable Streets

Streets are an essential, if often invisible, part of communities. Streets can be vibrant parts of the urban realm, sites for children playing and neighborhood gatherings, loci of physical activity opportunities, or places of fear that fail to safely accommodate all users. Streets provide mobility – allowing us to travel – and accessibility – allowing us to reach destinations. Streets therefore serve a complicated and often conflicting set of goals and users.

This course will interrogate the role of streets in communities paying particular attention to how streets contribute to mobility, accessibility, economic vibrancy, social cohesion, and safety from crime and traffic danger. In all conversations, we will consider how different people – by income, race, travel mode – are affected by streets and transport policy. As “completing the streets” requires coordinated efforts across planning domains and related fields, this course should be of interest to a wide variety of students, e.g. planning, public health, public administration, environmental studies, environmental science.

Offered: Spring