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The League of American Bicyclists | 2014

The New Movement: Bike Equity Today

This report is the culmination of several years of efforts within the League to elevate community voices to the national advocacy stage and show the existing diversity in the bike movement. For this publication, we have interviewed dozens of individuals and organizations, as well as tapped previous blog posts, magazine articles, reports and more. 
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Categories: Transportation

Comments Submitted by PolicyLink to USDOT on National Performance Measures for the Highway Safety Improvement Program

PolicyLink is pleased to offer the following comments on the proposed rulemaking on the National Performance Management Measures for the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). As a leader in the movement to build more equitable infrastructures, PolicyLink is supportive of policies and investments...

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Categories: Workforce
Reports | Institute for Women's Policy Research | 2014

Untapped Resources, Untapped Labor Pool: Using Federal Highway Funds to Prepare Women for Careers in Construction

Federal highway funding offers states a stable resource that can support activities that improve women’s entry into and success in the construction trades. This briefing highlights examples of how two states, Maryland and Oregon, are using this funding to improve diversity in the highway construction workforce. The briefing paper is based on a review of literature, pre-apprenticeship...

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Job Displacement and the Duration of Joblessness: The Role of Spatial Mismatch

This paper presents a new approach to the measurement of the effects of spatial mismatch that takes advantage of matched employer-employee administrative data integrated with a person-specific job accessibility measure, as well as demographic and neighborhood characteristics. The basic hypothesis is that if spatial mismatch is present, then improved accessibility to appropriate jobs should...
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Categories: Biking and Walking

City Cyclists Ride More Safely: An Observational Study of Biking Behavior in Lower and Central Manhattan

During the last decade a large number of towns and cities across the country have undertaken major initiatives to promote cycling. One of the most prominent examples of this trend is New York City which has devoted enormous resources to encourage cycling. Several factors are contributing to the movement to increase cycling as an alternative means of transportation.

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Categories: Civil Rights

A Call For Florida To Assure Transparency, Accountability And Equity In The Use Of Economic Recovery Funds

Through the ARRA, an unprecedented volume of resources will be dispensed. The variety of government levels, agencies, and programs through which funds will be channeled, and the range of economic need throughout the country all represent the exceptional challenge of allocating the Recovery Act money. These precious resources must be clearly useful, have impact, and demonstrate to the public...

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Filling the Financing Gap for Equitable Transit-Oriented Development

Filling the Financing Gap for Equitable Transit-Oriented Development describes the key components of a model system for equitable TOD, the most common challenges regional actors face in moving equitable TOD projects forward and a variety of strategies partners can use to address these challenges. The report includes recommendations for approaches to leveraging public and private funds,...

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Categories: Health

ABCs of Environmental Policy

 This publication provides a great introduction to Minnesota's environmental policy framework. It is not an advocacy document, and does not include specific positions on controversial environmental issues. For that, please contact MCEA directly, or peruse the rest of this website.

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Taking Initiative In Our Neighborhoods From Peer Mentorship to Network Building: Ten Years of Building Capacity in AAPI Communities

This paper outlines the successes of the ACTION TA Program and the vision of the program moving forward. This program has built upon the existing strengths in AAPI communities to develop a vibrant, nationally networked, community-based infrastructure that supports a more just and inclusive nation. We hope that this paper is a useful resource for foundations, corporations, government agencies,...

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Categories: Civil Rights

Puertas Cerradas: Housing Barriers for Hispanics

The fair housing investigation—commissioned by NCLR and conducted by ERC in Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; and San Antonio, Texas—explores the extent to which Latinos are subject to adverse and differential treatment when trying to secure rental housing or buy a home. The investigation utilized a “matched pair” methodology, where Hispanic and White non-Hispanic testers with virtually...

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Categories: Health

Valuing Our Western Public Lands: Safeguarding Our Economy and Way of Life America's Public Lands Are A Valuable Asset

In this report, the National Wildlife Federation explores the “value” of America’s public lands.  As a noun, “value” refers to monetary worth.  As a verb, “value” refers to the act of appreciating and treasuring something. This report compiles and summarizes data from a growing body of research on the value of public lands, which confirms that public lands are vital to the nation’s economic...

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Categories: Health

Endangered by Sprawl: How Runway Development Threatens America's Wildlife

According to the report Endangered By Sprawl: How Runaway Development Threatens America’s Wildlife, produced by the National Wildlife Federation, Smart Growth America, and NatureServe, the rapid conversion of once-natural areas and farmland into subdivisions, shopping centers, roads and parking lots has become a leading threat to America’s native plants and animals.

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Living Below the Line: Economic Insecurity and Older Americans-Women

An updated analysis of US Census Bureau data finds that more than half of fully-retired, elder-only households are economically insecure. While the threat of economic insecurity affects elders of all backgrounds, it varies substantially by gender, race, age, household composition and other characteristics. In order to assess the economic security of today’s older adults, WOW compares actual...

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Categories: Health

F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2013

After three decades of increases, adult obesity rates remained level in every state except for one, Arkansas, in the past year, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2013, a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

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Categories: Civil Rights

Still Excluded

This report examines why there are still virtually no women in the federally created and supervised apprenticeship system for the skilled construction trades. 

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Categories: Civil Rights
NAACP | 2013

People March for Bus Stops in Beavercreek

Many local activist groups like the NAACP and LEAD (Leaders for Equality and Action in Dayton) held a planned protest to send a message to Beavercreek City Council to put bus stops on Pentagon Boulevard. Supporters of the issue say people who rely on public transportation can't retain jobs, services and educational opportunities in Beavercreek because of the lack of bus stops there.

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Categories: Civil Rights
2013

Hampton Ave Bridge Complaint Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Part 1)

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice submits this complaint against the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SC DOT) under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on behalf of Southernside Neighborhoods In Action.

SNIA requests that U.S. DOT’s Office of Civil Rights investigate SC DOT’s decision-making process for consistency with its Title VI and Environmental Justice...

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Categories: Civil Rights
Laws and Regulations | MICAH | 2013

Decision on Title VI Complaint of the Milwaukee Zoo Interchange

The Milwaukee Inner-City Congregations Allied for Hope (MICAH) challenged a decision of the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) to make improvements to the “Zoo Interchange,” which is a part of the Interstate Highway System located in the Milwaukee Metropolitan Area.

The organization contended that the agencies failed to prepare an...

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Categories: Civil Rights

Insecure and Unequal: Poverty and Income Among Women and Families, 2000-2011

This report provides a gender analysis of national Census data for 2011, released by the Census Bureau in September 2012. The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) supplies this analysis, as it has for several years, because little information broken out by gender is available directly from the Census Bureau's series of reports titled Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United...

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Categories: Civil Rights

Public Opinion and Discourse on the Intersection of LGBT Issues and Race

The research findings described in this report build on other recent research commissioned or supported by the Arcus Foundation: in-depth interviews, a national survey, a series of focus groups of African Americans conducted in 2007-2008, and a study of the relationship between racial justice organizations and LGBT communities completed in 2010. This report takes a close look at the roles...

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Categories: Civil Rights
2012

Transit Oriented Development that’s Healthy, Green and Just

Transit Oriented Development that’s Healthy, Green and Just asks a basic question about Puget Sound’s new light rail system – how do we ensure this massive public investment benefits all families? In Southeast Seattle neighborhoods the light rail has already accelerated gentrification and may lead to displacement of many communities of color into the suburbs. It’s not just a lack of affordable...

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Categories: Health

Creating Healthy Regional Transportation Plans

The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), a long-term blueprint of a region’s transportation system, provides a particularly important opportunity for health promotion. With the passage of SB 375 these plans have become intensively focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  How can we also make sure they focus on producing positive health outcomes and creating access to opportunities for...

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Categories: Housing

Preserving Affordable Transit-Oriented Housing

As the U.S. economy slows, the likelihood of significant federal or local investment in new mass transit diminishes. But low- and moderate-income families depend upon housing close to transit to reduce their commuting expenses and improve access to jobs, schools, and other opportunities. Not surprisingly, the rental market has already begun to grow tighter in communities near existing transit...

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Categories: Labor & Employment

Women in Construction: 6.9 Percent is Not Enough.

The typical construction worker earns nearly $19.00 an hour - double the typical wage in female-dominated occupations such as home health aides, maids and child care workers.  This fact sheet discusses the participation of women in the construction industry and explains how increasing women's participation in construction and other fields traditionally dominated by men is critical to ensuring...

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Categories: Labor & Employment

Getting to Work: Transportation Policy and Access to Job Opportunities

“Getting to Work: Transportation Policy and Access to Job Opportunities,” is the fourth in a series of reports by The Leadership Conference Education Fund examining the key roles transportation and mobility play in the struggle for civil rights and equal opportunity. The reports highlight critical issues and make recommendations for policymakers as they draft a re-authorization of the nation’s...

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Categories: Labor & Employment
2011

The Road To Good Jobs: Making Training Work

With major transportation investments all but guaranteed as a near-term job creation strategy, the question whether those hit hardest by the recession-minorities and women-will be lifted up or left behind. This report features the first ever compilation of all 50 states and the District of Columbia on use of On the Job Training to boost job access for minorities and women.

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Categories: Biking and Walking

Low-Income Latino Cyclists in Los Angeles County: A Socioeconomic Spatial Analysis

Much bicycle planning and advocacy focuses on encouraging travelers to switch to cycling from other transport modes, namely automobiles. At the same time, research suggests that an alternate, even overlooked cyclist cohort exists in Los Angeles County: those without access to autos or quality transit service who ride bicycles out of necessity. Principal among these “necessity” cyclists are...

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Repair Priorities: Transportation Spending Strategies to Save Taxpayer Dollars and Improve Roads

Decades of under investment in regular repair have left many states’ roads in poor condition, and the cost of repairing these roads is rising faster than many states can address them. These liabilities are outlined in a new report by Smart Growth America and Taxpayers for Common Sense, released today, which examines road conditions and spending priorities in all 50 states and the District of...

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Categories: Civil Rights

Finding Common Ground: Coordinating Housing and Education Policy to Promote Integration

The powerful, reciprocal connection between school and housing segregation has long been recognized. The housing¬school link was a key element in both the 1968 Kerner Commission Report1 and in the legislative history of the Fair Housing Act.2 The relation of school and housing segregation was also explored in a series of school desegregation cases beginning in the 1970s.3 Yet in spite of HUD’s...

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Transportation 101: An Introduction to Federal Transportation Policy

Do you want to learn a little more about federal transportation policy, like the history of the program, how the Interstate System was started, how earmarks came to be so prevalent or how the federal role in funding transportation has changed throughout the years? With Congress considering the next six-year reauthorization, T4 America has put together this guidebook to provide some clarity on...

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Transit Access and Zero-Vehicle Households

Millions of zero-vehicle households live in areas well served by transit. Yet hundreds of thousands of zero-vehicle households live out of transit's reach, particularly in the South and in the suburbs. And those with transit access still cannot reach a majority of jobs in metro areas within 90 minutes. Based on these trends, leaders must recognize these households' unique mobility needs and...

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