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MassLive – Lincoln Elementary School event in Springfield highlights benefits of sharing the road

MassLive – Lincoln Elementary School event in Springfield highlights benefits of sharing the road

MassLive: “Lincoln Elementary School event in Springfield highlights benefits of sharing the road
by Elizabeth Roman

A coalition of non-profit and public organizations will host an event to inform the public of the ways in which public roadways can be designed so that everyone can drive, ride, walk, and run equally.

The event will be held at the school on May 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Representatives from Walk Bike Springfield, MLK Family Services, RadSpringfield, Springfield Police Department, PVTA, MassRIDES/Safe Routes to School, the ValleyBike Share program, Mercy Medical Center, Age Friendly Springfield, Public Health Institute of Western Mass, Way Finders, Walk Boston, Springfield Department of Public Health, Springfield Department of Public Works, MassDevelopment, and the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, will host a series of activities including a complete streets exhibition, an activity fair, a pedestrian safety course and more.

Posted May 13, 2018

Curbed – How multimodal city councilor Michelle Wu gets around Boston

Curbed – How multimodal city councilor Michelle Wu gets around Boston

Curbed: “How multimodal city councilor Michelle Wu gets around Boston
by Alissa Walker

After the budget meeting, we have a Vision Zero briefing from the coalition of community groups, with leaders from Livable Streets, WalkBoston, and the Boston Cyclists Union. Vision Zero refers to the city’s commitment to eliminate pedestrian and cyclist fatalities and serious injuries from crashes with cars. It’s about the principle that our infrastructure choices directly determine how safe it is to get around the city.

The briefing focuses on equity needs—bus service is still congested and unpredictable, but it’s the only affordable option for many of our residents, particularly in communities of color. We can and must do more at the city level to prioritize bus service and improve multimodal options. Mayor Marty Walsh made a big investment in this year’s proposed budget for staffing and resources to improve infrastructure and transit. We all can’t wait to see these passed and implemented!

Posted May 9, 2018

WBUR – The Allston I-90 Interchange Project

WBUR – The Allston I-90 Interchange Project

WBUR: “The Allston I-90 Interchange Project

The stretch of the Mass. Pike that runs through Allston is getting a makeover, and the state is projecting a total bill of about $1 billion. The project will include new interstate exits, facilities for bicycles and pedestrians, space for commuter rail layover, and a brand new commuter rail stop, West Station. The state has said that West Station will open by 2040, but community members and public transportation advocates say the new station should open much sooner than that.

Jim Aloisi, former state transportation secretary and a principal at the Pemberton Square Group. He tweets @jimaloisi. Wendy Landman is a member of the Allston I-90 Interchange Task Force and the executive director of the nonprofit advocacy group WalkBoston, which tweets @walkboston.

This segment aired on April 30, 2018.

Boston Globe – To MassDOT: Tear down this wall

Boston Globe – To MassDOT: Tear down this wall

Boston Globe: “To MassDOT: Tear down this wall
by Renee Loth

The area under and just east of the viaduct is known as “the throat,” because of the way it is squeezed between the river, rail yards, and Soldiers Field Road. Transportation advocates have been pressing MassDOT to see the billion-dollar Pike redesign project as an opportunity to “unchoke the throat” by widening pedestrian and bicycle paths, adding a landscaped buffer from traffic, improving public transit connections, and knitting together the south side of Allston with the burgeoning new enterprise campus Harvard University is building to the north.

At a recent public forum sponsored by the Charles River Conservancy and WalkBoston that I helped moderate, landscape architecture firms, Harvard’s planning department, and the business-backed group A Better City presented inventive ideas to widen the throat, perhaps with an elevated boardwalk extending over the river. (It can be done: The Watertown firm Sasaki is the same team that designed the award-winning Chicago Riverwalk using a similar boardwalk approach, and Philadelphia has extended a 2,000-foot boardwalk along a crowded section of the Schuylkill River.)

Un-choking the throat doesn’t require that the viaduct be removed and the Pike re-routed at grade, but doing so would be vastly better for river access, and, advocates say, cost about $100 million less than reconstructing the viaduct.

Posted April 23, 2018

WalkBoston gets a new board president

WalkBoston gets a new board president

Boston Globe: “Bold Types: WalkBoston gets a new board president

Emma Rothfeld Yashar has been elected board president at the nonprofit pedestrian advocacy group WalkBoston. She is a real estate associate at DLA Piper, where she focuses on development, acquisition, and financing of commercial real estate, with an emphasis on land use and project permits in Greater Boston.

WalkBoston focuses on making communities more walkable, improving pedestrian safety, and promoting a cleaner environment.

“I’m a firm believer that if you design public spaces in a way that makes people feel safe and welcome, and in a way that’s walkable, everything else for healthy business and transportation falls in line,” she said in a statement.

Yashar has been the group’s development committee chair since 2014 and the board secretary since 2012.

Posted April 17, 2018