AUDIO: Better infrastructure for fewer deaths


Historical underinvestment in pedestrian infrastructure, particularly in low-income neighborhoods, has increased dangers for those who travel on foot to an unacceptable level in the USA. In this clip from the Thinking Transportation Podcast from Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) Ben Ettelman, associate research scientist, discusses the changes that can right the wrongs of the past. To hear the whole episode in which Ettelman analyses exactly why pedestrian deaths increasing so fast and what can be done to stem the tide, log onto the Thinking Transportation homepage, or find the podcast on your favorite streaming service.

Guest info: Ben Ettelman works in TTI’s Center for Advancing Research in Transportation Emissions, Energy, and Health (CARTHEEH). He uses a range of quantitative and qualitative methods to develop research that informs decision-making in transportation. Ben has more than 13 years of experience in transportation planning and research in policy, emissions, air quality, public health, transit, safety, public engagement and education. Prior to joining TTI, Ben was a public involvement planner for a consulting firm in Portland, Maine. Ben holds a M.S. in community and regional planning from The University of Texas at Austin and is a member of the American Planning Association and the International Association of Public Participation.

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Tom has edited Traffic Technology International (TTi) magazine and its Traffic Technology Today website since May 2014. During his time at the title, he has interviewed some of the top transportation chiefs at public agencies around the world as well as CEOs of leading multinationals and ground-breaking start-ups. Tom's earlier career saw him working on some the UK's leading consumer magazine titles. He has a law degree from the London School of Economics (LSE).