Pedestrian Walk Agenda for Massachusetts
WalkBoston has provided the Patrick administration wth a set of specific actions that we believe would make Massachusetts a better place to live, work, and walk.
State transportation planning and investment should reflect the needs of pedestrians. WalkBoston's Pedestrian Walk Agenda outlines the pedestrian-related leadership, policies, programs and capital investments that Massachusetts should adopt and undertake. Good walking conditions are the backbone of every community’s transportation system and one of the most important elements of livable communities. Neighborhoods where walking is an attractive, convenient and safe option are healthier for residents, have fewer cars on the road, and have a stronger sense of community. A complete and well-maintained walking network has the greatest importance for those members of the community who depend the most on walking – the poor, the elderly, the disabled, children and transit users. Every trip involves walking, alone or in combination with public transit, driving or bicycling.
In Massachusetts, walking trips are the second highest transportation mode. In this era of skyrocketing obesity, global warming, ever worsening traffic congestion and high energy costs, increasing the number and share of transportation trips that are accomplished by walking should be a key element of all of our transportation choices.