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BostInno   |  Jan 18, 2017   |  By Brendan Kearney
Pricier Boston Parking Meters Should Be Just the Beginning The City of Boston recently rolled out a performance parking initiative that includes flexible parking meter pricing in the Seaport and Back Bay. Prices will be lower on streets that consistently have availability, while the meter price will be higher on streets that are often filled. You may be able to park a little further away to save a few quarters, which frees up a spot closer for someone who needs it – or doesn't mind paying a little more. Kudos to Mayor Walsh. The city is on the right track with a pilot project like this one. Boston is home to an innovation economy. We should be pushing for more pilot projects to change how our streets and curbside spaces are allocated. Read More
Boston Globe   |  Jan 6, 2017   |  By Andrew Ryan
New South Boston zoning could mean more parking and slow down development “They should be reducing these parking minimums,” said Brendan Kearney, communications manager for the pedestrian advocacy group WalkBoston. “The city of Buffalo just removed parking requirements entirely. You don’t think of Buffalo as a paragon of forward urban thinking, but if Buffalo can do it, why not Boston.” Read More
The Bulletin Newspapers   |  Dec 14, 2016   |  By Jeff Sullivan
Pedestrian safety hot topic at transportation policy briefing The Boston City Council Committee on Parks, Recreation and Transportation met last week to hold a transportation policy briefing that focused on pedestrian services and safety. The meeting was focused on decreasing traffic collisions and fatalities involving pedestrians in the city. Wendy Landman, executive director for WalkBoston, said the most critical factor in pedestrian collisions is that of speed. She said that a pedestrian’s chance of survivability in a crash at 20 miles per hour (mph) is 90 percent, while at 40 mph, it’s 10 percent. “That difference, bringing speed down from 40 mph to 20 mph, or thereabouts, is critically important to making a safe walking environment,” she said. “It’s something we’re seeing actually around the world. City planners and transportation planners are thinking very hard about transportation speed because that’s what is the most basic element of a safe walking environment.” Read More
7 News: Hank Investigates   |  Nov 16, 2016   |  By Hank Phillippi Ryan
Crosswalk Confusion And woe to those who try to obey the law… Brendan Kearney: “Let’s see how long it is before people start honking their horns for the right turn… Ah, there we go.” Driver peer pressure forces them to break it. [video at link.] Read More
SouthCoast Today   |  Nov 6, 2016   |  By Paige L. Jones
Community members seek to make New Bedford South End more walkable The New Bedford walk was led by WalkBoston, along with the United Way of Greater New Bedford. Their South End Engaged initiative included 40 stakeholders whose efforts were guided by the vision statement: “All residents of the South End of New Bedford are safe, healthy, and have the knowledge and skills to thrive.” Read More
WBUR   |  Oct 3, 2016   |  By Simón Rios
Boston Launches App-Based Competition To Encourage Safe Driving Brendan Kearney of the pro-pedestrian group WalkBoston says the app won't be a silver bullet, but it's another tool to use in the Vision Zero program. "If this helps get the word out about Vision Zero and reducing fatalities and serious crashes by being more courteous about how you get around the roads, it's great," Kearney said. Read More
Salem Patch   |  Sep 30, 2016   |  By Joe Lipovich
Salem to Hold Group Walks for Elementary Students WalkBoston, a nonprofit pedestrian advocacy organization that has conducted walking audits of the downtown and South Salem neighborhoods, offers a walking map of the City... Read More
Boston Globe   |  Sep 30, 2016   |  By Meghan E. Irons
Bike, pedestrian advocates to press mayor on road safety At least 13 people have died in traffic crashes this year, said Brendan Kearney, spokesman for the pedestrian advocacy organization WalkBoston. Last year, there were 23 fatalities, according to data on the Vision Zero website. Kearney said the city needs to devote more funding for improvements and hire additional staff to make them happen. “They have a great staff right now,’’ he said. “But they don’t have the capacity to tackle all of the needs.” Read More
Beacon Hill Times   |  Sep 29, 2016   |  By Beacon Hill Times Report
MassDOT installs two pedestrian hybrid beacons to improve pedestrian safety Brendan Kearney of WalkBoston added, “WalkBoston is pleased that walking and running safety measures have now been added in the project area, instead of waiting until the end of the construction process.” Read More
Dorchester Reporter   |  Sep 22, 2016   |  By Brianne Garrett
‘Vision Zero’ to outline traffic calming plans for Talbot-Norfolk “People are looking forward to being part of this pilot,” said Seskin. “They want to be able to feel comfortable going outside and walking with their kids or their pets, no matter what age they are.” According to the City of Boston’s Vision Zero crash map, Boston had a total of 512 bicyclist injuries and three bicyclist fatalities in 2015. Two of these three fatalities occurred in Dorchester. The TNT neighborhood has already made efforts to reduce this number. Activists have previously worked with local non-profits such as WalkBoston and have even developed their own report based on “a walking audit of the neighborhood,” says Seskin. Read More
WBUR CommonHealth   |  Sep 16, 2016   |  By Carey Goldberg
Magic Pill, Episode #17: Location, Location, Location: It Can Impact Your Exercise Habits Too. This is a tough one: What do you do if where you live and work gets in the way of moving more? No gym nearby, streets that don’t feel safe, bad air. It makes getting out there all that much harder. But from biking to walking groups to special programs, there are ways around those barriers. Read More
Boston Globe   |  Sep 2, 2016   |  Letter to the Editor
Leaders must make safer streets a priority We desperately need the state, cities, and towns to invest in infrastructure. The status quo is not working. Leaders must prioritize safer options for people to walk, bike, and take transit. Read More
Boston Magazine   |  Aug 18, 2016   |  By Spencer Buell
Car Strikes Pedestrians on Freedom Trail in Downtown Crossing Witnesses say the suspect, a woman, tried to leave the scene of the crash, according to Brendan Kearney, communications director for the nonprofit advocacy group WalkBoston, who rushed over to the intersection when he saw reports about it on Twitter. He didn’t see it himself, he says, but witnesses told him a crowd of people, including a man in a Minuteman costume, helped subdue the driver and came to the aid of the victims. “It’s scary. I’m still a little stunned that something like this can happen,” Kearney says. “It happened at, like, noon. This place is slammed with people on a normal day and this is August, midweek. This is the height of tourist season on the Freedom Trail.” Read More
Metro Boston   |  Aug 2, 2016   |  By Chris Caesar
Jaywalkers have little to fear in Boston — at least from the law Brendan Kearney, a spokesperson for WalkBoston, said the concept of jaywalking and laws prohibiting the practice first emerged in the early 20th century, as the automobile industry engaged in a widespread marketing campaign to redefine the public road as the domain of vehicles — not walkers. “If you look at the term ‘jay,’ [in the early 20th century] it meant kind of like a hick, a country bumpkin that doesn’t know what’s going on,” Kearney said. “There was a lot of marketing ... to make this a real [patriotic] sort of thing: ‘Don’t be a jaywalker.’” Kearney said lawmakers have more effective means at their disposal to cut back on pedestrian deaths, rather than punishing pedestrians: increase fines and enforcement for speeding, paint more crosswalks in the city, and employ shorter times for light signal changes to cut down on the time pedestrians wait at the curb. Read More
Wicked Local Weymouth   |  Jul 22, 2016   |  By Ed Baker
Weymouth planners look to improve Columbian Square's village appeal Columbian Square could be a marquee attraction in South Weymouth for visitors to dine at a sidewalk café or shop at an open air market if traffic can be slowed down at the busy intersection, says Wendy Landman, executive director of WalkBoston, a non-profit pedestrian advocacy organization. Read More
Boston Globe   |  Jul 10, 2016   |  By Jan Ransom, Trisha Thadani and Nicole Fleming
After 2nd duck boat crash this year, a renewed call for change Brendan Kearney, a spokesman for Walk Boston, a nonprofit that advocates for pedestrian safety, said duck boats are not suitable to urban environments where people are walking, biking, and driving. “I’ve never sat in the driver’s seat of a duck boat, but I’m sure they are very difficult to drive,” he said. “They are vehicles that were meant to storm the beaches of Normandy. They were designed to do a very different thing than they are used for today.” Read More
Boston Globe   |  May 18, 2016   |  By Steve Annear
"Would closing Newbury Street to cars be a good idea?" WalkBoston, a pedestrian advocacy group, tweeted that “we’re certainly in favor of trying things out!” In a follow up e-mail, Brendan Kearney, the group’s spokesman, said sections of the Back Bay near Newbury Street could be a great choice. “WalkBoston is supportive of open streets programs to allow people to be more active and engaged in their community, while also giving residents and visitors the opportunity to safely use one of the city’s largest assets, our streets, in a way they normally are unable to,” he said. “The City of Boston has mentioned that they’re considering pilot locations; we’d love to see this done!” Read More
CBS Boston   |  May 18, 2016   |  By Louisa Moller
"Boston Considering Pedestrian Only Streets During Summer" Is Boston making strides towards walking-only streets? Watch this interview with WalkBoston board president Matt Lawlor from CBS Boston. Read More
Fox 25 Boston   |  Mar 21, 2016   |  By Kerry Kavanaugh
Driver crashes Bentley while drag racing in Back Bay On Monday, FOX25 met with a number of safety advocacy groups that say the latest accident highlights the need to slow traffic down. Read More
Scout Somerville   |  Mar 17, 2016   |  By Emily Cassel
Somerville Road Runners Make A Plea For The Community Path Extension Ultimately, Kearney says that extending the Community Path and making the city safer for runners and pedestrians actually makes this a better, safer place for all of Somerville’s residents—whether or not they’ve ever strapped on a pair of running shoes. Read More