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WGBH   |  Feb 22, 2015   |  By Rupa Shenoy
Boston's Snowed-Over Sidewalks Create A Mess For Pedestrians Kearney’s point is the situation isn’t safe for the guy with the stroller, or really any pedestrians these days. Unshoveled or half-shoveled sidewalks and tall mounds of snow blocking sidewalks from intersections make difficult obstacle courses for the most able-bodied. Everyone from walkers to people in wheelchairs are forced out onto the streets, and then forced to scatter when cars appear. Read More   |  Feb 6, 2015   |  By Adam Vaccaro
Six Takeaways From Boston’s First Community Meeting on 2024 Olympic Bid Transit improvement is a hot topic. Perhaps this was exacerbated by the horrible week on the T, but many members of the audience focused on the opportunity for improved infrastructure. Davey, whose last job was as the state’s secretary of transportation, eagerly took most of those questions on. At least two people at the meeting suggested Boston 2024’s transportation plans don’t go far enough, and that the group should utilize the Olympics bid to connect North and South stations by rail—long on the wishlist of transit activists. Another person said that officials should consider working new track for the Green Line into the bid. Others spoke for the potential added water transportation should the games come, and pedestrian improvements. Davey at one point suggested that a representative from WalkBoston, which focuses on making Boston more walkable, get in touch after the meeting lest he “nerd out” for too long on the topic. Read More
The Boston Globe   |  Feb 5, 2015   |  Editorial Staff
Get it right for pedestrians after big snowfalls BOSTON PRIDES itself on being a walkable city, but if that’s to be true in the winter, City Hall needs to pay more attention to getting the pedestrian details right. With more bad weather looming, that should be one big takeaway from this winter’s first two big storms. At times when the MBTA is turning in another of its late and lamentable storm performances and driving in the city is nightmarish, foot travel is an alternative the city should work hard to enable. But there City Hall has fallen down on the job. For those on foot, the last week has proved almost as frustrating as it has been for motorists and public-transit-takers. One problem has been the uncleared median islands. Those areas, which divide traffic lanes and frequently sit between sections of crosswalk, have been neglected across wide swaths of the city. That has left walkers to make their way, single file, through a narrow, sometimes icy, sometimes slushy rut tramped down by other pedestrians. Read More
Boston Globe   |  Feb 4, 2015   |  By Megan Johnson
Northern Avenue bridge closure felt by businesses, residents For Seaport-area bars and restaurants that relied on the Old Northern Avenue Bridge for a constant stream of patrons on foot, the bridge’s shutdown in December has put something of a damper on things. Read More
Boston Globe   |  Feb 3, 2015   |  By Meghan E. Irons and Andrew Ryan
As complaints mount, Walsh firm on Patriots parade Brendan Kearney, communications manager for WalkBoston, a nonprofit group dedicated to improving walking conditions, urged parade spectators to use caution. “It’s going to be difficult for pedestrians to even walk down the sidewalks, let alone try to see over giant snow mounds,’’ Kearney said. Read More
Boston Globe   |  Feb 2, 2015   |  By Steve Annear
Snow-covered sidewalks, cleanup complicate parade plans As if it wasn’t enough to clear Boston’s streets after two major snow storms, municipal workers now must prepare a parade route to bring the champion New England Patriots on a victory ride through the city — an undertaking that has some worried about pedestrian safety. Read More
Living on Earth   |  Nov 28, 2014   |  By Jake Lucas
Building Complete Streets On a bright Tuesday morning, in Boston’s western neighborhood of Allston, a small group of locals with picket signs crowds onto a little wedge of concrete. They’re standing on Cambridge Street, right where a highway on-ramp splits off from the fiercely busy six-lane road that has been a sore point for years. Read More
The Herald News   |  Oct 27, 2014   |  By Herald News Editorial Board
Our View: Fixing Fall River's sidewalks The senior champions program is a good community partnership aimed at addressing a big problem in clear view that has been neglected as people zip by in their cars. No road maintenance program in the city can be complete without also ensuring safer pedestrian travel. Read More
Fall River Herald   |  Oct 25, 2014   |  By Deborah Allard
Pounding the Pavement, Seniors study city's sidewalk conditions Drivers whizzing through intersections and over city streets may complain of potholes, but some of Fall River's sidwalks could rival even the deepest of road craters. Walkers, especially the elderly and disabled, can attest to the sometimes deplorable conditions of city sidewalks. "There's nothing like getting out of the car and walking," said Julie Kelly, coordinator of Mass in Motion, who implemented a project to audit city neighborhoods that get the most foot traffic.
Brookline Tab   |  Oct 20, 2014   |  By Staff
Teens, seniors wanted to measure traffic speeds in Brookline Seniors and teens walk more than other people, according to WalkBoston. Many teens walk because they are too young to drive or don’t have access to cars. Read More
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 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   |  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
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