For Runners


WalkBoston's advocacy work is not just for pedestrians - it is for runners, too! 

Want To Get Involved? 

Since 1990, we’ve been improving the built environment runners use every day,
and helping groups across the state do the same in their own communities.
Here are a few examples:

  • The Longfellow Bridge renovations will now include wider sidewalks; WalkBoston was a key advocate in getting a sidewalk all the way to Charles Circle on the upstream (into Boston) side of the bridge in 2010 – after many years with no sidewalk the last 80’ of the bridge! Stay up to date on MassDOT's progress
  • Charles River Connectivity Study – looking at all the Charles River paths and street crossings. The Connectivity Study is very exciting work, as it assembles the issues of movement along the basin very effectively, and points out the possibilities for positive changes in the paths, walkways and running facilities along the River. DCR should be very proud of this feat, and should proceed into implementation of priority aspects of the planning effort as soon as possible. (Our most recent comment letter was submitted on January 2, 2014.)
  • Supporting Underpasses with the Charles River Conservancy.
  • North Point Bridge – WalkBoston spurred the state to build the bridge and fulfill the commitments to the park and path system that were made during the Big Dig
  • Northern Strand Community Path – can now run through all of Malden into Revere/Saugus (which has just secured additional funding to continue it).
  • Urged & advised DCR to make a plan for what they shovel on all their trails & set priority routes
  • Currently making recommendations (read our comment letter) for unpaved running trails alongside future Mass Central Rail Trail, which will be created by the DCR and use former MBTA right of way through Berlin – Bolton – Hudson – Stow – Sudbury – Wayland – Weston – Waltham. This is one of the many multi-use trails that are in the works throughout the state.  
  • Presented talk entitled "Showing Athletes How To Make An Impact" at sold-out New England Bike Walk Summit in October 2013. 
  • Our WalkBoston Comment Letters Tumblr page allows you to search our comment letters by a keyword; comment letters tagged "runners" can be found here:
  • The Greenough Greenway project will dedicate half of the mile-long Greenough Boulevard to recreational use and complete a 2½ mile Herter-Greenough loop path linking three cities together (Boston, Cambridge, Watertown). See a handout of why this is important for runners

Further reading: 

  • The Road Runners Club of America shares a post on etiquette for runners on the sidewalk, road, trail, or at a race.