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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

Increased Parking Fines to Fund $5 Million in Transportation; Biking & Bus Improvements Emphasized

Increased Parking Fines to Fund $5 Million in Transportation; Biking & Bus Improvements Emphasized

 

North End Waterfront: “Increased Parking Fines to Fund $5 Million in Transportation; Biking & Bus Improvements Emphasized

“With this investment in safety, operations and multi-modal thinking about our streets, sidewalks and trail systems, Boston is re-taking its place among the leading American cities on walking, biking and transit. Thank you to Mayor Walsh and the Boston Transportation Department for finding creative ways to fund impressive new investments.” – WalkBoston Executive Director Wendy Landman

Posted April 4, 2018

#PutABradyOnIt links

#PutABradyOnIt links

We list all media clips on our website, but on this post we consolidated some of the media coverage this particular project received. Please let us know if we missed any others that you’ve seen and we can try and keep this current.

Teacher Sam Balto added a photo of Tom Brady to an in-street pedestrian sign that kept getting hit outside a school in Roxbury. Would drivers on Walnut Ave slow down in respect to beloved Patriots QB more than the normal school zone “yield to pedestrian” sign? First covered by Steve Annear in the Boston Globe, the photos and story of a teacher trying to improve safety on the street for students and family walking or biking to school took off! The story was picked up quickly by other local outlets, and then by the Associated Press and United Press International – and even the New England Patriots! Thanks in part to this effort, the City of Boston is now looking at making improvements to Walnut Avenue.

From the Boston Globe article, Teacher uses Tom Brady cutouts to get cars to slow down in school zone:

Balto launched the experiment on Walnut Avenue with the help of Brendan Kearney, a spokesman for WalkBoston, an advocacy group that works to make streets safer for pedestrians around the city.

“People really fly down Walnut Avenue or use it as a cut through, and that’s not right on any neighborhood street — let alone one with so many kids walking down it,” said Kearney. “I’m glad Sam has taken this step. He’s looking at a way to call attention to the crosswalk. . . . If Tom Brady can make that happen it’s great.”

NECN / NBC Boston: This Famous Face was attached to a sign to battle speeding

CBS WBZ: ‘Cars Will Have To Slow Down For Him’: Teacher Uses Tom Brady Face On Crosswalk Signs 

WBZ / iheartradio: Teacher Puts Tom Brady Photo on Crossing Walk Sign 

WCVB: Teacher uses Tom Brady’s famous face to slow down drivers

Universalhub: No Bostonian would sack Tom Brady, right?

ESPN: Tom Brady photos help slow down drivers in Boston school zone

Boston Herald: Tom Brady photos slow down drivers in school zone 

Associated Press: Tom Brady photos slow down drivers in school zone 

Fox News: Tom Brady photos slow down drivers in school zone 

Boston.com: Teacher uses Tom Brady photos to slow down drivers in school zone 

UPI: Boston teacher seeks to deter speeders with Tom Brady photo

Sports Illustrated: A Massachusetts Teacher Used a Picture of Tom Brady to Get Cars to Slow Down

Patriots.com: Before crossing the street: Stop, look, Tom Brady 

USA Today – For the Win: Brilliant teacher uses Tom Brady’s beautiful face to slow down school traffic

Newstalk 1010: TOM BRADY PHOTOS SLOW DOWN DRIVERS IN SCHOOL ZONE 

DailyMail: ‘He is so good looking. Cars will have to slow down for him’: Teacher puts Tom Brady’s face on pedestrian crossing signs to stop speeding outside Boston elementary school 

ESPN Radio: Golic & Wingo radio show 

Boston 25 News: #PutABradyOnIt: Organization uses Tom Brady’s face on yield signs to slow drivers down 

WDJX: Teacher Uses Tom Brady To Get People To Slow Down

ACQ5: Boston teacher seeks to deter speeders with Tom Brady photo

Newsline: Boston teacher seeks to deter speeders with Tom Brady photo

Safety Sign dot com: Don’t Sack the Sign 

Off the Monster Sports: Local School Puts Picture of Tom Brady on Crosswalk to Slow Down Drivers 

International Business Times: Boston Teacher Uses Tom Brady’s Face To Slow Cars For His Students

#ClearCurbCuts links

#ClearCurbCuts links

We’re happy that people have found the need to clear curb cuts an important story. We list media clips on our website, but we’ve listed below some of the social media links and media coverage this particular project received. Please let us know if we missed any others that you’ve seen and we can try and keep this current.

This video was also shared to Twitter & Facebook

Boston Globe: “Letters – Snow removal shouldn’t leave treacherous terrain behind for wheelchair users“
https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/letters/2018/01/12/snow-removal-shouldn-leave-treacherous-terrain-behind-for-wheelchair-users/yJPfm14Dy8RGCQTcfppWsN/story.html

South End News: “#ClearCurbCuts”
http://www.mysouthend.com/news//news//254529

WCVB: “Snowbanks, ice leave city an obstacle course“
http://www.wcvb.com/article/snowbanks-ice-leave-city-an-obstacle-course/15065097

WBUR: “Mobility Challenges In The Boston Snow“
http://www.wbur.org/radioboston/2018/01/11/mobility-boston-snow