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Boston Globe   |  Aug 19, 2014   |  By Nestor Ramos
Most Boston pedestrian accidents go unreported Data that would provide a clearer picture of pedestrian safety in Boston do exist. Following a series of requests from the Globe, Boston police and Emergency Medical Services released internal data that showed that the agencies each responded to more than 750 pedestrian accidents in 2013 alone, nearly as many as the state has on record for Boston in the previous three years combined. “Understanding what’s going on is important before you come up with solutions,” Landman said. Read More
Boston Globe   |  Aug 19, 2014   |  By Nestor Ramos
In Chelsea, top crash cluster gets a closer look The places in Massachusetts where pedestrians are most often injured by motor vehicles have a few things in common, specialists and advocates say: more people and more cars, of course, but also the very thing that makes Greater Boston so pedestrian-friendly — high-use public transportation stops. “We see transit stops as being big pedestrian attractors,” said Gabe Rousseau, manager of the Federal Highway Safety Administration’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Program. “It’s quite possible that you would have more crashes there, but given the high volumes of pedestrians there, you might have a lower rate,” said Rousseau. Read More
Wicked Local   |  Jul 30, 2014   |  By Matthew M. Robare
Allston, Brighton residents rally for safer Cambridge Street Standing on a little triangle of raised asphalt with around 30 other people at a WalkBoston and Livable Streets Alliance rally Tuesday morning, one became conscious that the only "protection" from the cars and trucks rushing by at over 35 mph was a bit of paint on the pavement. The rally was held where the on ramp for the Massachusetts Turnpike peels off from Cambridge Street. There's a stop for the 64 bus from Oak Square to Kendall Square and a 26 year-old man, whose name has not been released, was hit and killed crossing the Pike entrance trying to get to it on July 17. But the whole stretch of Cambridge Street, from its intersection with Brighton Avenue and North Beacon Street in Union Square to the spaghetti junction with the Pike and Soldier's Field Road, has been the site of numerous pedestrian and cyclist fatalities. Read More
Boston Globe   |  Jun 26, 2014   |  By Catherine Cloutier
Pedestrian-friendly development leads to profits, study finds “Because we’re a state that had a lot of development in colonial and post-colonial times, cities and towns grew up around walkable, higher density town centers,” said Wendy Landman, senior project manager at Walk Boston. “In some cases, these cores lost a lot of people, but they didn’t lose their framework. Now, they are ripe for being reinvigorated.” Read More
Boston.com   |  May 21, 2014   |  By Zeninjor Enwemeka
Boston Area Named Safest Place for Pedestrians in US This city was made for walking. A new report by an urban planning group has rated the Greater Boston area as the safest place for pedestrians in America. Read More
Boston Magazine   |  May 21, 2014   |  By Eric Randall
Boston's Small, Winding Streets Are Good for Something: Pedestrian Safety The, uh, quirky design of our city streets here in Boston elicits a lot of complaints from a lot of groups: tourists trying to find their way around, drivers who don’t want to share the road with cyclists, cyclists who want things like protected bike lanes, etc. But the city of paved cow paths is good for one group: pedestrians. Read More
BostInno   |  May 20, 2014   |  By Nick DeLuca
If You Love Walking to Work & Everywhere Else, Live in Boston People may not consider Boston one of the most pedestrian-friendly cities in the country, and for good reason. The streets are narrow, windy and difficult to navigate via any means of transportation. The drivers have something of a spotty reputation, and some people will do anything to avoid public transportation. A new study, though, alludes that these actually work in Boston's favor, and make it one of the best cities for walking. Read More
MassLive   |  May 20, 2014   |  By Garrett Quinn
Study: Greater Boston area rated safest place for pedestrians in United States A new report released by an urban planning group found the Greater Boston region to be the safest in the country. The report, released by the group Smart Growth America, contends that the street design of many Boston roads and places has drastically reduced the number of pedestrian deaths in the area while improving the experience of walking. Smart Growth America calculated that Boston's pedestrian danger index was the lowest in the country, effectively ranking Boston ahead of other northeast urban centers like New York and Washington, D.C. "I'm proud to hear of this recognition for the city. One of Boston's greatest assets is our walkability - particularly during the warmer months, we see huge amounts of pedestrian traffic enjoying our fantastic outdoor spaces," said Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh in a statement. Read More
WBUR   |  May 20, 2014   |  By Abby Elizabeth Conway
Boston Is Safest Metro Region For Pedestrians, Report Finds The Boston metro area is the safest place in the country for pedestrians, according to a report out Tuesday from the advocacy group Smart Growth America. Among the 51 largest U.S. metropolitan areas, the Boston region — which stretches from Quincy to southern New Hampshire — had the lowest number of pedestrian deaths relative to the number of people who walk to work. The report says there were 476 pedestrian fatalities between 2003 and 2012. WalkBoston, an organization that aims to make walking safer and easier in Massachusetts, says that while the region is ranked No. 1, the number of deaths is still unacceptable. Read More
Boston Globe   |  May 6, 2014   |  By Martine Powers
In a first, highway safety grant program focuses on bikes and pedestrians A new program announced this week by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation seeks to raise awareness about bike and pedestrian safety in 12 Massachusetts towns by training police in laws related to cyclists and those on foot. That training will help them regulate commuters of all modes who violate the rules of the road. Read More
Patriot Ledger   |  May 6, 2014   |  By Gerry Tuoti, Wicked Local Newsbank Editor
Quincy receiving grant to improve bike and pedestrian safety QUINCY – A dozen communities with high rates of car accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists are getting federal funding for a new safety campaign. “It’s really exciting that Massachusetts is doing this,” said Wendy Landman, executive director of WalkBoston, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving pedestrian conditions throughout the state. Read More
SouthCoast Today   |  May 5, 2014   |  By Gerry Tuoti, Wicked Local Newsbank Editor
Cities get funds for bike, pedestrian safety Fall River and 11 other communities with high rates of car crashes involving pedestrians and bicyclists are getting federal funding for a new safety campaign. Read More
The Daily Free Press   |  Apr 29, 2014   |  By Kelsey Newell
MassDOT launches biker safety program In an effort to reduce the number of accidents involving bikers and pedestrians, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation is launching a new safety awareness and enforcement program. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Awareness and Enforcement Program will provide $461,851 in federal highway safety funding, which will support partnerships with local officials, police departments, MassBike and WalkBoston. These funds will go to getting police officers more involved in pedestrian and bicycle issues and an awareness campaign. Read More
BostInno   |  Apr 3, 2014   |  By Nick DeLuca
Boston Bike Community Lobbies for Passage of Two Bike Protection Bills Members of Boston's biking community took to the Massachusetts State House on Beacon Hill to participate in the 2014 Bike/Walk Summit Thursday afternoon to lobby for the passage of two bike and pedestrian protection bills. The event was spearheaded by MassBike and WalkBoston who hosted Public Health Commissioner Cheryl Bartlett as their speaker in Nurses Hall. Read More
WERS   |  Mar 18, 2014   |  By Bridget Morawski
Walk Boston to award pedestrian activists On Tuesday, non-profit Walk Boston will honor two local officials during their annual celebration. The Golden Shoe Award is given to up to five recipients for their work improving pedestrian conditions. For the twenty-fourth annual celebration, two Malden residents – local artist and community advocate Sharon Santillo as well as the Mayor of Malden Gary Christenson – will be honored. “The work that they’re doing goes unnoticed or unheralded and we really like to do this to recognize that we see them giving back to their communities,” said Brendan Kearney, the development and communications manager for WalkBoston. Read More
Wicked Local Malden   |  Mar 17, 2014   |  By Maxwell Means
AWARD Malden pedestrian program wins recognition It’s official: Malden has an award-winning program to make the city more pedestrian friendly. The city’s efforts were recently recognized by the non-profit WalkBoston, which will present a Golden Shoe award to Mayor Gary Christenson and walking advocate Sharon Santillo on March 18. WalkBoston is a Massachusetts nonprofit committed to improving walking conditions and pedestrian safety. According to its website, the organization was founded in 1990, and represents more than 75 towns and cities across the state. In a letter to city officials, WalkBoston cited recent efforts from the mayor’s office as key to the award. "With initiatives such as the Creation of a Walkability Committee, attention to pedestrian safety through crosswalk and street improvements, instillation of your wonderful new walking way-finding signs and investment in sidewalks, you are truly making a difference for all of Malden’s residence," said Walk Boston Executive Director Wendy Landman in the letter. Read More
The Martha's Vineyard Times   |  Dec 11, 2013   |  By Barry Stringfellow
Expert panel presents ideas to recharge Circuit Avenue The event was organized by Emmy Hahn from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and Alice Boyd of Bailey Boyd associates. The panel included Dennis town planner Dan Fortier, Oak Bluffs SSA terminal architect and urban planner Steven Cecil; Wendy Landman, the executive director of WalkBoston; Elizabeth Worthbain, executive director of the Hyannis Business Improvement District; and David Colombo, president of the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District. Read More
Alliance for Biking & Walking   |  Dec 2, 2013   |  Mutual Aid Conference Call - Recap & Transcript
Messaging For Walking Advocacy Walking advocacy carries its own set of needs around communications and marketing. What works for messaging bike-friendliness may not work for messaging walkability. From touting vibrant main streets to elevating the health benefits of regular exercise, a unique set of messages can be best for effective walking advocacy. On a recent Alliance Mutual Aid Call, leading walking advocates discussed their hardest-learned lessons about effective messages to communicate the urgent need to boost walkability (Lisa Quinn - Feet First, Tony Dang - California Walks, Brendan Kearney - WalkBoston). Check out the below notes for an overview of all we discussed. Alliance members can also listen to a call recording and see additional resources from the panelists in the Resources Library. Read More
Alliance for Biking & Walking   |  Dec 2, 2013   |  By Mary Lauran Hall
One Step at a Time, Boston Advocates Boost Walking at the Local, State, National Levels Despite their name, WalkBoston is not limited to Massachusetts’ biggest metropolis. The organization’s work extends to communities throughout the state, permeates state policy, and influences the national walking movement. At the community level, WalkBoston advocates work with public officials across Massachusetts to evaluate the walking environment, improve walking conditions, and engage local residents in walking. Their work is far-reaching — from consulting with planners and commenting on proposed designs for schools and casinos to holding walking audits and creating maps to market walking, WalkBoston advocates will go the extra mile to make sure that public spaces are designed with people in mind. Read More
Boston Globe   |  Nov 17, 2013   |  By Wendy Landman
Key ingredient to a richer landscape: great walking environment SUNDAY’S WONDERFUL big ideas for our “new new Boston,” whether a rejuvenated night life, 21st-century bus service, third-graders ready for learning, or a new mecca for art, will all be better with one key ingredient: walking. A great walking environment is the secret sauce. It will let Bostonians get to and from nights on the town and access public transit; let children walk safely to parks and schools; and let art patrons flock to new exhibitions. WalkBoston hopes that as our next mayor, Martin Walsh will appoint a director to oversee retiming traffic signals to provide safe and convenient street crossings; slow traffic in busy retail areas, on residential streets, and near schools and parks; make sure that all of our streets and sidewalks comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act; improve sidewalk snow clearance; and work with the MBTA and state Department of Conservation and Recreation and Department of Transportation to provide marked crosswalks at all bus stops. Boston will be healthier, wealthier, and wiser for it. Wendy Landman Executive director WalkBoston Read More

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