WalkBoston, sponsored by the state Department of Public Health, has been challenged to explore the possibility of improving walking conditions for residents of the state’s rural or semi-rural areas. “Rural” in Massachusetts means places with relatively low population densities - over half of the state’s municipalities, according to the U.S. Census. Many of these communities already have sidewalks in their town centers, with rugged recreational trails in their conservation areas. In most places, residents have to drive to a place where they can walk. Read more.