New Webinar: Pedestrians Are People Too: The Criminalization of Walking (September 12, 2018)


Webinar Title: Pedestrians Are People Too: The Criminalization of Walking

Webinar Date/Time: Wednesday September 12, 2018 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific


About the Webinar

Walking is the original form of transportation and yet too often it is forgotten in planning, promotion, and protection. Equally concerning is the increased messaging around victim-blaming, distracted walking legislation, and other moves to criminalize walking. This webinar will explore the criminalization in walking and the responsibility we all have in supporting a culture of safe and accessible walkability. This webinar assumes a basic knowledge of issues related to walking and walkable communities.

Attendees of this webinar will:

  • Learn how policies such as jaywalking are used to discourage walking and target individuals of color
  • Hear how the increase of victim-blaming and distracted walking narratives plays a role in protecting the auto-centric culture of the US
  • Be inspired to take action against messaging, policies, and programs that criminalize walking and public spaces
About the Panel

Additional speakers will be added as they are confirmed

Topher Sanders covers race, inequality and the justice system for ProPublica. His data-driven reporting on juvenile plea deals and the time Jacksonville juveniles spend in pre-trial detention facilities was a 2015 finalist for an Investigative Reporters and Editors award. His reporting on public-records concerns and questionable behavior by Jacksonville’s elected public defender prompted Florida Gov. Rick Scott to order an investigation of the office in 2013. The investigation resulted in a scathing grand jury report asking Scott to remove the elected official.

In 2016 Sanders co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit working to increase the number of investigative reporters and editors of color. In 2017, he and colleague Ryan Gabrielson recieved the John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim award for excellence in criminal justice reporting and an Aronson Award for social justice journalism for their multi-part series “Busted,” an investigation of the systematic misuse of roadside chemical field tests by police. In 2018, he and reporter Ben Conarck recieved the Paul Tobenkin award for race coverage and the Al Nakkula award for police reporting for their multi-part investigation “Walking While Black,” which explored how jaywalking citations are disproportionately given to black pedestrians. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Essence, Black Enterprise and Newsweek. He is a graduate of Tuskegee University and started his journalism career at The Montgomery Advertiser in Montgomery, Alabama.

Angie Schmitt is the editor of Streetsblog USA, a national news site devoted to the movement for urban transportation reform. She has a master’s degree in urban planning from Cleveland State University and is a former newspaper reporter. She lives in Cleveland and is a mom of two.

Andrew Stober joined the University City District in January of 2016 after holding management positions at the City of Philadelphia and the Colorado Department of Transportation. As Vice President for Planning and Economic Development, Andrew oversees a portfolio that includes public space development and management, the Green City Works social enterprise, commercial corridor development, and transportation improvements for University City.  With the City, he served as the Chief of Staff for the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, where he had lead responsibility for launching Philadelphia’s Indego bike share program, reestablishing a City energy office, and for raising tens of millions of dollars in competitive public and private grants to improve Philadelphia’s transportation infrastructure. Andrew earned a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University.