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In Conversation with Angie Schmitt, Author of ‘Right of Way’

October 14, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Last year, 6,590 people were hit and killed while walking in the United States — the highest number in 30 years.

In the new book, Right of Way: Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America, journalist Angie Schmitt shows us that these deaths are not unavoidable “accidents.” They don’t happen because of jaywalking or distracted walking. They are predictable, and occur in geographic patterns that tell a story about systemic inequality and the undeterred reign of the automobile in our cities. The victims are disproportionately people of color, immigrants, and poor. Far too often, the victims are unfairly blamed and forgotten.

Join us in diving into the research and realities behind why pedestrians are dying, and how we can imagine and demand safer, equitable cities here in the Bay Area. Moderated by Marta Lindsey, Walk SF’s communications director (send Marta your questions for Angie).

Free. Register on SPUR’s website.

Co-presented by Walk San Francisco, SPUR, and Island Press. This is an online event.

Angie Schmitt is one of the best-known writers in the United States on the topic of sustainable transportation and she was a long-time reporter for Streetsblog USA. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Atlantic, Bicycling, and GOOD. Follow Angie on Twitter.