Age-Friendly Walking

Age-Friendly Walking

As part of the Age-Friendly Boston initiative, WalkBoston, the Boston Elderly Commission and many additional city agencies are collaborating on Age-Friendly Walking, a new project to develop a long-term, multi-agency approach to safe walking for seniors in the City of Boston. The work is being supported by a three-year grant from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation. Age-Friendly Walking will initially work in three pilot neighborhoods: Mattapan Square, the South End – Mass Ave corridor, and East Boston – Border and Meridian Street corridors. From 2016-2018, we will work with seniors and local organizations in each of these neighborhoods to identify key issues and concerns, and to implement street and sidewalk improvements that create safe and pleasant walking conditions for seniors. The lessons learned from the pilot neighborhoods will be used to create guidelines for a long-term citywide approach to senior walking.  

Based upon our work to date, we've shared a map showing proposed Age-Friendly road safety improvements in our pilot neighborhoods (Mattapan Square, South End, East Boston) with City of Boston staff.  We are in the process of working with the City around improvements related to comfort and the public realm more broadly as well. 

Stay tuned as we announce more upcoming public events for Age-Friendly Walking!

Previous Events:

Wednesday, June 8 from 10:15-11:45 – South End Age-Friendly Walking kickoff meeting at United South End Settlements (566 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02118)
Tuesday, June 21 from 10:30-12:30 – Mattapan Square Age-Friendly Walking kickoff meeting at ABCD Mattapan (535 River Street, Boston, MA 02126)Wednesday, July 13 from 10:00-12:00 – South End Age-Friendly walk assessment at United South End Settlements (566 Columbus Avenue, Boston, MA 02118)
Monday, July 18 from 2:00-3:30 – East Boston Age-Friendly Walking kickoff meeting at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (20 Maverick Square, 4th floor, Boston, MA 02128)
Tuesday, July 26 from 10:30-12:30 – Mattapan Square Age-Friendly walk assessment at ABCD Mattapan (535 River Street, Boston, MA 02126)
Tuesday, September 20 from 11:00-1:00pm - East Boston Age-Friendly walk assessment at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center (20 Maverick Square, 4th floor, Boston, MA 02128)
 

Safe and comfortable walking for seniors means a better walking environment for everyone!

To stay in the loop with our Age-Friendly Walking efforts and/or to share questions and comments about walking conditions for seniors in your neighborhood, please fill out the form below or contact Adi Nochur, Project Manager for Age-Friendly Walking, at 617-367-9255 or anochur@walkboston.org.   We also invite you to spread the word about Age-Friendly Walking by downloading our flyer (PDF) to print and distribute.