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  • New Report: Strategies for improving pedestrian safety through walkable campus design

    Walking rarely enters the conversation when new schools are planned. In fact, the regulatory and approval processes focus on facilitating bus and automobile access to schools, and ensuring that there is sufficient parking. Public meetings are usually dominated by those who complain about traffic volumes or inadequate parking – not by those who seek a safe walking route to school. It happens in wealthy communities and low-income communities alike. In most cases, it’s not that drivers are given priority over walkers, it’s that nobody is thinking about walking. And that needs to change. read more
  • The Prudential Center Tower will be lit orange!

    On December 15th, the Prudential Tower will be lit orange for WalkBoston. Our plan is to meet promptly at 4:45pm for a 5:00pm lighting at Center Court. We will “flip the switch”, celebrate our 25th birthday [think cake], and stroll outside to view the orange tower lights, ending the evening at P.F. Chang's for appetizers and drinks (arrive to the restaurant at about 5:45pm). read more
  • WalkBoston Supports Surgeon General’s Call To Action on Walking

    “We are thrilled that the Surgeon General is calling attention to the importance of walking and walkability to the health and well-being of Americans. We look forward to using the Call to Action as a stepping stone to making Massachusetts a safer, more convenient and more attractive place to walk,” said Wendy Landman, Executive Director of WalkBoston, Massachusetts' leading pedestrian advocacy organization. read more
  • New Report: Strategies for improving pedestrian safety through low-cost traffic calming

    Low cost fixes to calm traffic and enhance safety on municipal streets and state roads can be a great place to start, as they are likely to be adopted and completed sooner than more expensive projects, and can serve as catalysts for long-term change. read more
  • The positive impact we have in communities is due to your support!

    Your contributions throughout the years have helped WalkBoston expand our programs to over 103 communities in order to meet the growing demand for safe and attractive walking conditions across the Commonwealth. Learn more about what we're planning! read more
  • WalkBoston's 25th Anniversary Celebration

    Help Us Celebrate WalkBoston's 25th Anniversary and continue our advocacy for the next 25 years! Founded in 1990, we have helped to make walking and pedestrian needs a basic part of the transportation discussion. We have moved beyond Metro Boston and are now working across Massachusetts. We are partnering with teens and seniors, helping children walk safely to school, and advising municipal staff how to improve walking safety. We will celebrate our 25th anniversary with events throughout 2015; continue to watch this space for more news! read more
  • MassDOT Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program

    MassDOT has recently launched a multi-disciplined project to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety in Massachusetts (April/May 2014). While fatalities and incapacitating injuries among motorists have been decreasing in Massachusetts over the past few years, pedestrian and bicycle crashes have not followed this trend. Through MassDOT, the Massachusetts Dept of Public Health, WalkBoston and MassBike are assisting in the development and implementation of this critical pedestrian and bicyclist safety strategy aimed at achieving the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) goal of reducing fatalities and injuries among bicyclists and pedestrians by 20% in the next 5 years. read more
  • Walk Your Way To Health

    Regular activity, like walking, is hard to beat when it comes to keeping yourself healthy. It lowers the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, arthritis and osteoporosis, helps keep weight in check and boosts your mood. As the first and most fundamental form of transportation and physical activity, walking is fun and easy for people of every age, income, or ability. At WalkBoston, we’re dedicated to promoting walking for health, transportation, and recreation in all cities across Massachusetts. read more
  • Good walking good business

    Good Walking Is Good Business

    WalkBoston is spreading the message to cities and towns that for businesses, supporting improved walking conditions is a sound but sometimes overlooked investment. Dollar for dollar, the returns are impressive; from more customers to healthier, more productive employees. read more
  • WalkBoston rally

    Making Massachusetts more walkable.

    WalkBoston makes walking safer and easier to encourage better health, a cleaner environment and vibrant communities. We advocate for policies that produce walking friendly environments, with special emphasis on providing for those who depend on walking the most – children, seniors, people with disabilities, and transit riders. read more
  • Safe Routes To School kid

    Safe Routes to School

    WalkBoston has worked to successfully to develop lasting Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs that increase walking and engage students, teachers, parents and community members. Starting in 2012, WalkBoston embarked upon a multi-year SRTS effort in three Massachusetts cities to implement SRTS programs that benefit student health and benefit the environment with the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) over time. read more