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  • Crosswalk Crisis: Dangerous Intersections in Boston

    Two Boston high school students were hit by a car as they crossed the street at the intersection of Tremont Street and Malcolm X Boulevard in Roxbury on Tuesday. Safety advocates say the intersection is a hazard and that changes need to be made to make sure tragedy doesn't happen again. NBC10 Boston Investigator Ally Donnelly has been tracking dangerous intersections across the city for months. She discovered there were at least 772 pedestrian crashes throughout the city last year, 12 of which were fatal. That number was down from the year before after the city lowered the speed limit, and installed bike lanes, speed bumps and lights in some neighborhoods, but even the mayor has admitted more needs to be done. Ally Donnelly has more. read more
  • #ClearCurbCuts

    Clear curb cuts to make safe mobility possible throughout the winter. Meet Amy. WalkBoston followed her around, 5 days after a storm. In just 3 blocks, she encountered 6 impassable curb cuts. read more
  • Your comments needed for Allston I-90 Project

    A $1 BILLION DOLLAR TRANSPORTATION PROJECT MUST DO MORE THAN MOVE CARS! Regional rail and crosstown bus connections are essential; People must have walking and biking access to the river and across the project area; Charles River paths must be safe and separated for walkers/runners/cyclists. Learn more about why this project is important and how you can submit comments. read more
  • #PutABradyOnIt

    Check out the latest Boston Globe coverage: "The yield to pedestrian sign in the crosswalk keeps getting hit on Walnut Ave outside the school. Maybe if Tom Brady is on the sign, people won’t sack him?" read more
  • Signal Timing

    WalkBoston staff and supporters are continually sending in information to the City of Boston to press for improvements to make signals work better for people walking. When someone says "we need to make the signals work better," what does that mean? We've posted a draft document of how to make signals work better for people walking in Boston and would love feedback - what is missing, what needs to be modified, or other general comments? With over 850 signalized intersections in the City of Boston, there is much to be done. read more
  • Transit-Walkability Collaborative Established

    America Walks announced today the formation of the Transit-Walkability Collaborative, whose purpose is to expand safe, healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities by harnessing the synergy between walkability and quality public transit service. The Transit-Walkability Collaborative consists of national, state-level, and local leaders in the walkability and public transit advocacy movements who recognize the synergies between these two transportation modes and the benefits of collaboration. read more
  • Walk…Don’t Walk: Pedestrian Safety Awareness for MA Law Enforcement

    Screening for the first time at MassDOT's Moving Together 2016 conference is our video "Walk…Don’t Walk: Pedestrian Safety Awareness for MA Law Enforcement." This project is a collaboration between the Boston Police Academy's E-Learning Team, MassDOT, WalkBoston, and other public agencies from across Massachusetts. read more
  • Ped101 - Learn how to advocate for change in your own community

    In 2016, WalkBoston is rolling out free, beginner advocacy trainings called "Ped 101" - and we'd love you to come! Sessions are small group conversation over lunch or drinks and are hosted in our conference room - so please make sure to sign up in advance! This session is helpful if you're interested in learning about: walkability, urbanism & the associated lingo (what's a "tight turning radius"?), making neighborhoods safer for people walking & running, how you can advocate for change in your own community - and more! read more
  • Report: Strategies for improving pedestrian safety through walkable campus design

    Final report issued April 2016: 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
  • 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
  • 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
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    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