Gender Analysis Tool for Complete Streets Policy Implementation: Mobility, Families, and Emerging Technologies

In the U.S. and throughout the world, engineers and planners recognize the need for streets to support safe mobility for different travel modes and types of users. Complete streets policies capture this aim of inclusivity by emphasizing design for older and younger travelers as well as people with disabilities. Issues of gender, families, and caregiving are implicit in this idea of a complete street. On average, women have more household responsibility for accompanying younger, older, and less mobile travelers. Current complete streets policies, however, lack explicit consideration of gender, leaving communities with little guidance for operationalizing gender equity through transportation system design. The deployment of emerging transportation technologies further complicates the question of gender equity in the implementation of compete streets. How do new mobility technologies interact with gender roles, caregiving, and family structure? These questions, in fact, may provide a pivotal opportunity for communities to consider the interaction of gender, technology, and system design for the future city. Drawing upon established methods of gender-based policy analysis, which is both qualitative and quantitative, this project has three specific aims: (1) develop the relevant evidence needed to help communities operationalize gender equity through street design and policy; (2) work with organized stakeholders in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which recently adopted a complete streets policy, to translate the evidence base into a practical gender analysis tool for complete streets implementation; and (3) establish a plan and protocol to refine and validate the prototype gender analysis tool in new contexts.