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Along for the Ride - Issue #73

Heya friends! Today's edition is very special for two reasons: it's our 2nd birthday (🥳 we are offici
Along for the Ride - Issue #73
By Sarah Barnes • Issue #73 • View online
Heya friends!
Today’s edition is very special for two reasons: it’s our 2nd birthday (🥳 we are officially toddlers!), and we’ve got an extended feature detailing how we can better acknowledge racial injustice in the transportation sector. Going forward I am going to start using this platform to highlight some of the incredible black people who work in this space and are truly changing the landscape of our industry for the better.
Today’s edition includes some words from a friend, colleague, and inspiration of mine: Georgia Yexley. Her words below are a snippet from a LinkedIn post she has written about her experiences in the industry, and offers critical reminders and actions we can all take to make this space more inclusive. Read her words. Follow her work. Give her a board seat. You won’t regret it.

Feature: Georgia Yexley
We need more Black Women in senior roles in Transportation.
Racial Justice and City Planning
If you work in transportation, or transportation related technology and you’ve not heard of these resources before or picked them up. Now is the time. Transportation is an industry intended to move people, all people. The first step in combatting racial inequity in transportation is to understand how we built a racial unjust system in the first place.
Books. If you are looking to better understand how the making of American cities has racism embedded into everything from zoning laws, housing policies, as well as the transport networks I would highly recommend reading the following:
Reports and research. Academics and think tanks have been increasingly paying attention to racial injustice and how it manifests itself in the built environment. Some recent research can be found here:
Where you can put your money. If you are able to donate, there are many organisations out there in need of your support right now. Research the following to see which ones best align with your values and the actions you want to take right now:
Follow. There are many organisations and people doing amazing work and advocating for more equitable transport networks. If you’re looking for grassroots inspiration, I’d recommend following:
Government and Policy
The CDC is promoting driving post pandemic.
Research and Academia
Who will own the cars that drive themselves?
That’s all from me friends. Have a beautiful weekend.
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