Hope you found last week’s edition informative, your feedback was quite strong that a greater focus on racial equity is needed (both in this newsletter and within our industry). Today I’m thinking about what public transit systems could be like all over the world if they were given the same budgets as police departments. In the Bay Area I imagine the scale of BART, in DC I wonder if their trains would still be catching fire. Would we see public transportation as essential as community safety?
This week we have a feature from Ann Oduwaiye
, a product designer working in transportation technology. She holds a BArch from Cambridge, an MSc in City Design, and
is self-taught in UX. Her words below speak to her experiences designing systems which have often excluded her own existence as a black woman. Read her words. Follow her work (via Twitter
). Give her a board seat. You won’t regret it.
Call for help: Few things have brought me as much joy as reading the words Georgia and Ann have shared here over the last two weeks. I’d like to continue to offer this space as a platform for black voices in transportation and urbanism. If you or somebody you know has a voice you think should be featured, please reach out! I’m all ears about how any collaborations can take shape.