Disaggregating the Gendered Transportation Experience in Boston: Towards Equitable Urban Spaces

Authors: Rebecca Shakespeare*, Tufts University, Urban and Environmental Planning and Policy, Maria de la Luz Lobos Martinez, LivableStreets Alliance
Topics: Urban and Regional Planning, Qualitative Methods, Environmental Perception
Keywords: transportation, feminist, gender, qualitative gis
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:20 PM
Room: Virtual 13
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This paper examines how gender identity, presentation, and perception inform everyday experiences with transportation along two corridors in Boston. This research employs a mixed-method approach to consider how seemingly “neutral” transportation spaces are actually infused with biases around gender, movement, and related impacts. This project employs surveys, interviews, public participatory online mapping, and qualitative GIS approaches to explore qualitatively disaggregated gender perceptions of active and public transportation along these streets. In collaboration with LivableStreets Alliance, the outcomes of this project will actively influence policy and participation to create inclusive transit corridors for urban dwellers. This paper discusses the early steps of creating a methodology employing a critical gender lens and creating research space to capture the experiences of those whose gender presentations are not always easily fitting into the binary of research. Lastly, challenges of this research and potential solutions are proposed.

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