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MetroWest Daily News   |  May 13, 2012   |  By Brian Benson/Daily News Staff
Communities want you to break out your walking shoes “A lot of the work we do in more urban communities is utilitarian walking … geared toward walking as a practical, inexpensive form of transportation,” said Joseph Cutrufo, walkBoston’s program coordinator. “In MetroWest, it’s a little harder to do that. Most people own cars. It’s hard to fit walking into your day to do anything besides exercise.” Read More
BelmontPatch   |  May 9, 2012   |  By Frank Tucker
Start Walking: WalkBoston Belmont Map Now Available "Grab a map and start walking," said Jay Szklut, Belmont's planning and economic development manager, at the conclusion of the public unveiling of walkBoston's map of walking routes around Belmont. Read More
Prevention Magazine   |  May 1, 2012   |  By Bari Nan Cohen
The 25 Best Cities for Walking Boston has seriously stepped up its efforts to create a citywide walker's paradise. To wit, WalkBoston—an initiative to make the city safer, easier to navigate on foot, greener, and more community-based, which they do by encouraging businesses and individuals to create a pro-walking atmosphere. Read More
The Atlantic Cities   |  Apr 13, 2012   |  By Kaid Benfield
A Data-Driven Case for Walkability Good stuff, and important, too. WalkBoston’s website is chock-full of more information on the group’s activities, policy issues, and even maps of great walking routes in and around Boston. Read More
Everett Independent   |  Apr 4, 2012   |  By Independent Staff
Health Department, Energize Everett Get High Honors from U.S. Surgeon General The Energize Everett program was chosen for the WalkBoston Golden Shoe Award for its work to increase access to healthier foods and lifestyles.Energize Everett has been working with area grocery stores, restaurants and convenience stores to improve access to healthier food. Incorporating the WalkBoston map will show residents that the nearest grocery store, or park, or corner store is only a few minutes walk and will encourage walking to a destination rather than driving. Read More
Green Streets Initiative   |  Mar 24, 2012   |  By Green Streets Initiative
Our friends at WalkBoston This year, WalkBoston came across the Charles River to Cambridge for their annual meeting, and we were really happy to attend. It was exciting to see so many walkers of all ages turn out with their walking shoes on. Read More
Patriot Ledger   |  Feb 8, 2012   |  By Jack Encarnacao
Quincy officials look to change pedestrians' habits amid high accident numbers The Jan. 31 accident, one of two fatal accidents this year in Quincy, highlights pedestrian habits that police, the mayor and city officials are seeking to break through a forthcoming public education campaign Read More
The New York Times   |  Feb 8, 2012   |  By Jennifer Cutraro and Holly Epstein Ojalvo
Walk in the Park: Encouraging Physical Activity in Communities How can people be encouraged to be more physically active? In this lesson, students read about ways to make streets safer for pedestrians and bicyclists. Read More
The Somerville News   |  Jan 13, 2012   |  By Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone
Winter commences January 11 was the first morning since October 31 that we woke up to enough snow that we had to scrape off our windshields. And even then, it was only dusting. Still, it's only a matter of time. Like every other New England community, we need to be to face the elements as safely and efficiently as possible. Read More
The Boston Globe   |  Oct 27, 2011   |  By Johanna Seltz
Paving the way Pedestrians trying to get from one part of Hanover to another - or even from one mall to the next - quickly find that the sidewalk ends before they reach their destination.
The Tufts Daily   |  Oct 27, 2011   |   By Alex Kaufma
Somerville named 10th−most walkable city in the nation Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone has over the past several years spearheaded large−scale projects designed to make Somerville more walkable with the aim of improving the health, safety and economy of the city.
The Boston Globe   |  Jul 31, 2011   |  By Katheleen Conti
The Center Steps Up Winchester is taking a look at how to revitalize its town center. Major grants are funding several planning endeavors alongside the redevelopment of the Winchester commuter rail station, including a partnership with WalkBoston to improve pedestrian accessibility in the town center area. Read More
Belmont Patch   |  Jun 10, 2011   |  By Natalie Trusso Cafarello
Leave the Car - Take the Alternative Belmont's Energy Committee is supporting a spectrum of alternative transportation modes including a new walking guide.
Jamaica Plain Gazette   |  May 27, 2011   |  By Rebeca Oliveira
Casey team revises traffic projections MassDOT reports new projections for traffic on the Casey Overpass that may affect upcoming design debate.
Smart Growth America   |  May 20, 2011   |  By Wendy Landman
WalkBoston: Good Walking is Good Business WalkBoston, Massachusetts’ main pedestrian advocacy organization, is working to reach beyond active transportation and smart growth partners to recruit allies in the retail, employer and real estate worlds to promote walkable communities. WalkBoston’s latest publication, Good Walking is Good Business (PDF), presents a wide array of research that shows how walking benefits many elements of the economy. Read More
Washington Monthly   |  Jan 12, 2010   |  By Chris Leinberger and Patrick Doherty
The Next Real Estate Boom: How Housing (yes, housing) can Turn the Economy Around Chris Leinberger and Patrick Doherty make the case to rewrite national policies to encourage the construction of walkable urban places. The demand for residences in mixed-use walkable neighborhoods is growing while demand for McMansions has slowed. They also suggest taht this is a great opportunity to get the real estate industry back to work and could help bring an end to the Great Recession. Read More
CEOs for Cities   |  Aug 1, 2009   |  By Joe Cortright
Walking the Walk: How Walkability Raises Home Values in U.S. Cities More than just a pleasant amenity, the walkability of cities translates directly into increases in home values. Homes located in more walkable neighborhoods—those with a mix of common daily shopping and social destinations within a short distance—command a price premium over otherwise similar homes in less walkable areas. Read More
Victoria Policy Institute   |  Dec 7, 1999   |  By Todd Litman
Traffic Calming Benefits, Costs and Equity Impacts This paper describes a framework for evaluating traffic calming programs. Potential benefits include road safety, increased comfort and mobility for non-motorized travel, reduced environmental impacts, increased neighborhood interaction, and increased property values. Traffic calming can help create more livable communities and reduce suburban sprawl. Traffic calming costs can include project expenses, liability claims, vehicle delay, traffic spillover, problems for emergency and service vehicles, driver frustration, and problems for bicyclists and visually impaired pedestrians. Read More