Wednesday, March 9, 9:00 am.
Equity in Cycling will explain how equity can be considered when planning for cycling by offering an overview of the following issues: infrastructure, engagement, policy, enforcement education, implementation, and advocacy; and what the best practices in these areas are. The presentation will provide a brief history of bicycling in the U.S. roadway infrastructure funding and development, hostility between cars and bikes, and perceptions that bicycle infrastructure presents in low-income communities.
The presenters bring experience from multiple sectors (non-profit, public, academic, and private), which allows for meaningful dialogue with session participants to address issues experienced in their communities.
Tara Mather is an Associate Planner with Asakura Robinson. She brings a public interest design and planning approach to the practice, emphasizing meaningful public engagement that builds momentum for continued community involvement. Tara holds a Masters in Urban Planning from the University of Michigan, with a concentration in physical planning and design. Both her professional work and community involvement have focused on exploring how the public realm can enhance the human experience by promoting social interaction and efficient and equitable transportation.
Tara’s professional involvements include the American Planning Association, Central Texas Chapter, Bike Austin Neighborhood Advocacy Committee, AIA Austin DesignVoice Committee, the Houston Bike Plan, Southern Downtown / CBD Public Realm Plan, Houston, METRO Bike & Ride Access & Implementation Plan, Houston and Healthy Community Design Workshops, Houston.
Tara regularly commutes to work and traveles around her neighborhood by bicycle. She’s a volunteer with Bike Austin, and has contributed to improving bicycling in Houston though projects like the Houston Bike Plan and METRO Bike & Ride.
City of Austin, Active Transportation Division
Adrian Lipscombe is the Project Coordinator for the Active Transportation Division in the Austin Transportation Department in Austin, where she focuses on accessibility, bike and pedestrian route directness, and continuity to raise the level of cycling and walking for daily travel and improve cycling and pedestrian safety through expanding infrastructure while raising awareness about “muscle-powered” transportation.
She currently is a Ph.D. student in the Community and Regional Planning Program at the University of Texas at Austin. She is concentrating her studies on the perception of minorities towards transportation. Adrian obtained a BA in Architecture and a Masters in Architecture with a certificate in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Texas at San Antonio. She is a member of the American Institute of Architecture Associates and the American Planning Association. She is currently serves on the board of Women in Transportation Seminars-Heart of Texas. Adrian also played a major role in the development with the San Antonio and Austin bike share system.
T. Strong Transportation
Torrance Strong operates T. Strong Transportation, a bicycle based business in Dallas. He has been involved in several bicycle infrastructure projects on the city level throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Megaplex. His goal as a BikeTexas Board Member is to expose more individuals to cycling as a safe useful, alternative form of transportation. He also envisions BikeTexas being involved in more cycling events in the near future.
Torrance is a graduate of Southern University and a League Cycling Instructor (LCi), certified through the League of American Bicyclists, in addition to serving as a BikeTexas Board Member. He is a commuter cyclist and participates in weekend bicycle rides throughout the country.