Equity: Within the realm of pedestrian and bicycle planning, equity focuses on ensuring that all communities have access to safe, convenient and comfortable pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure that is well-connected to the broader network, as well as to the transit system.
Equity has justifiably become a central topic as planners strive to address accessibility to active transportation for communities and neighborhoods that need it the most.
Providing more travel choices to all, including bicycle and pedestrian options, can help increase access to economic opportunity by meeting the transportation needs of traditionally underserved populations. These may include people in neighborhoods with high proportions of low-income, minority, older adults, and limited English proficiency populations, as well as persons with disabilities.
The Alliance for Transportation Working in Communities is a special program within the Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission (SPC). Its objective is to cultivate and support regional collaboration on efforts to improve transportation access in urban, suburban, and rural communities in Southwestern Pennsylvania. ATWIC is committed to making certain our region’s most vulnerable populations have reliable and affordable access to jobs and services.