Every year, students take billions of trips to school. Most planning and transportation research on school travel has focused walking or biking to a neighborhood school. But the landscape of public education is rapidly shifting, and the neighborhood school is no longer the norm, due to school closures, consolidations, desegregation strategies, or school choice policies. Students are increasingly attending schools outside of their residential neighborhood, raising new questions about the ways that public agencies support equitable access to high quality schools and transportation.
Dr. Ariel H. Bierbaum
Ariel H. Bierbaum is an assistant professor of urban studies and planning at the University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. Her research is at the intersection of urban politics, planning practice, and educational equity. Her current projects focus on transportation systems in the context of school choice and desegregation and on public school closures and neighborhood change. Previously, Dr. Bierbaum served as the Program Director at the UC-Berkeley Center for Cities and Schools, a policy research and technical assistance center that works with city, regional, and state governments and school districts to connect public education with local community development, regional growth management, and federal place-based programs. She has 20 years of experience in the non-profit and public sector, working in public policy, community development, and community arts. Dr. Bierbaum sits on the on the board of the 21st Century School Fund and is an advisor to Active Voice Labs and its The Future of Public initiative. Originally from New Jersey, she earned her PhD in City and Regional Planning from the University of California-Berkeley, a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts in urban studies from the University of Pennsylvania. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @arielbphd.