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Announcing this year’s Golden Shoe Winners

Announcing this year’s Golden Shoe Winners

PRESS ADVISORY – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Brendan Kearney, bkearney@walkboston.org or 617-367-9255

FALL RIVER AND SPRINGFIELD GROUPS HONORED WITH GOLDEN SHOE AWARDS FOR MAKING STRIDES TO IMPROVE WALKING IN THEIR COMMUNITIES

BOSTON: Tuesday, March 12, 2019 – WalkBoston will present Golden Shoe Awards to groups from Fall River and Springfield at WalkBoston’s 29th Annual Celebration on March 18, 2019 to celebrate and reward those who have bettered the walking environment and exemplify the ideals that guide WalkBoston’s work. Golden Shoes are awarded each year to individuals, agencies, municipalities and companies. This year’s Golden Shoe Award winners:

Fall River

Fall River Walking Champions | Friends of the Quequechan River Rail Trail: Janice Velozo and many others | Bike Fall River: Al Lima and many others | Partners for a Healthier Community: David Weed, Marcia Picard | Fall River School Dept: Letourneau School Vice Principal, David Assad, Fonseca School Principal, Alicia Lisi | Fall River Dept of Community Maintenance: John Perry, Laura Ferreira and others | Fall River Dept of Health and SSTAR, Mass in Motion and 1422: Julianne Kelly, Eric Andrade, and Paula Beaulieu | Fall River City Planners and Engineers: Bill Roth | Fall River Police Dept: Officer Rick Saraiva | Fall River Fire Dept: Chief John Lynch | Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD): Jackie Jones

This diverse group of people and organizations from across Fall River have joined forces to create wonderful new walking opportunities and establish a base of activists who will ensure that Fall River is even more walkable in the years to come. A long-anticipated dream of residents to reconnect a City split by the building of Interstate 195 was realized with the planning and construction of the beautiful and well-loved Quequechan River Rail Trail (QRRT). It was then determined that a collaboration of City departments and volunteers was essential to promote, protect, and preserve the Trail.

Since 2016, the Friends of the Quequechan Trail have conducted clean-ups, maintained gardens, placed wayfinding signs, and organized events to keep the Trail a welcoming and safe resource for all residents and visitors to the City. In other locations around the City, all ages got involved: senior champions led walks around Senior Centers and worked to secure improvements for sidewalks and crosswalks, and a Safe Routes to School grant was awarded to protect the youngest pedestrians. Resident activists led the passage of the Community Preservation Act, and partnered with city staff for the adoption of a Complete Streets Policy.

Springfield

Springfield Walking Champions | City of Springfield Dept of Health and Human Services: Helen Caulton-Harris, Commissioner, Benjamin Bland, Mass in Motion Coordinator, Kiah McAndrew-Davis, 1422 Grant Manager | City of Springfield Dept of Public Works: Matt Sokop, Chief Engineer | Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Catherine Ratté | LiveWell Springfield, Jessica Collins | Wayfinders, Beatrice Dewberry | WalkBike Springfield, Betsy Johnson

This persistent, resourceful, and courageous group of walking champions shows the power of layering the efforts of local advocates, public health professionals, and city staff with resources from regional and state agencies. Their dedication to improving Springfield’s walking environment has resulted in real changes to the built environment stretching across the City. These changes took time and could not have happened without true, undying commitment.

Policies now exist to sustain these efforts – a crosswalk standard, pedestrian safety curriculum for elementary students, and a complete streets policy that looks to expand the biking and walking network in Springfield. The work of these champions has led to more students walking to school along safer routes, and neighborhood residents crossing streets in brightly painted, prominent crosswalks.

Keynote speaker

Eric Fleegler, MD, MPH, is a pediatric emergency physician and heath resources researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Fleegler has researched safety for pedestrians as a public health priority and will address ways of thinking about the many aspects and determinants of health from education to economics to the built environment. He will discuss ways to engage the health care community in the effort to make local streets safer, similar to his efforts to deal with gun violence as a major issue of street safety in our communities.

Event Details

WalkBoston’s 29th Annual Celebration & Golden Shoe Awards
March 18th, 2019 from 5-8pm
Fort Point Room – Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210

Schedule

5 – 6:15pm food & drinks
6:15pm speaking program & awards

  • Welcome | Emma Yashar, Board President
  • Year in Review | Wendy Landman, Executive Director
  • 1 Minute Project Highlights | WalkBoston Staff
  • Golden Shoe Presentations | Fall River & Springfield
  • Keynote Speaker | Eric Fleegler, MD, MPH

Organizer: WalkBoston
Contact: Brendan Kearney bkearney@walkboston.org 617-367-9255

Registration is open on Eventbrite at wbmarch18th.eventbrite.com

WalkBoston makes walking safer and easier in Massachusetts to encourage better health, a cleaner environment and more vibrant communities. Find out more at walkboston.org

Comments delivered at MBTA Fare Proposal Public Hearing on Feb 27, 2019

Comments delivered at MBTA Fare Proposal Public Hearing on Feb 27, 2019

WalkBoston is greatly concerned that the MBTA’s proposal to increase fares will reduce public transit ridership and increase driving, congestion, and greenhouse gas emissions. This is the wrong direction for the Greater Boston area and for Massachusetts as a whole. We need more people riding transit, not fewer, if we are to meet our climate change goals as a Commonwealth.

We are further concerned that the proposed fare increase will disproportionately impact low-income riders, who often lack other means of transportation. Paired with walkable streets and neighborhoods, a reliable, consistent public transportation system is a lifeline for many people. It is an important element of good quality of life, as well as economic and social mobility, for many Greater Boston and Massachusetts residents.

The debate over increasing MBTA fares is a symptom of a much larger problem: how we fund transportation in Massachusetts is broken, and we fail to consider our transportation system as a whole. MBTA riders are asked to pay more time and time again, yet the gas tax has only been increased once since 1991 (in 2013, by just 3 cents). Meanwhile our Regional Transit Authorities continue to struggle and our roads and bridges face significant funding gaps. We need to raise revenue across all travel modes to support the infrastructure needed for all travel modes.

Massachusetts is not short on ideas for increasing transportation funding. This problem has been studied extensively and solutions are within reach. What is lacking is political will. We encourage the MBTA to work with MassDOT and other stakeholders to find new sources of revenue to equitably invest in the 21st-century transportation system we all deserve.

Thank you.

WalkBoston Is Hiring!

WalkBoston Is Hiring!

WalkBoston is looking for a Development Manager to become a core member of our team. Please submit your resume and a cover letter to jobs@walkboston.org by March 15, 2018. Details below:

Development Manager for WalkBoston

WalkBoston, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) advocacy organization, makes walking safer and easier in Massachusetts to encourage better health, a cleaner environment and more vibrant communities. We know that walking improves personal, economic, environmental and civic health. Working on walking takes us across Massachusetts to empower people with knowledge and proven strategies to make their own communities more walkable.

The Development Manager will implement a  fundraising strategy for WalkBoston with the help of Board members and staff.  Reporting to the Executive Director, the Development Manager will build on and reinforce individual and corporate fundraising programs.

Responsibilities:

  • Implement annual development plan to reach and increase number and dollar amount of individual and corporate donors. Establish fundraising goals and develop metrics to track progress.
  • Manage prospect research process
  • Manage and maintain the Salesforce development database. Take the lead on ensuring quality control, consistent data entry procedures, and optimizing database functionality.
  • Provide administrative and operational support to Executive Director and Board members for ongoing relationships and solicitation strategies
  • Support grant writing efforts
  • Provide strategic and technical support to Board Development Committee
  • Collaborate closely with Communications Director and Accountant

Qualifications:

  • College degree with at least five years of professional development experience, preferably at a nonprofit organization.
  • Advanced working knowledge of Salesforce or similar fundraising database
  • Superior communication skills. Ability to write and speak clearly and persuasively in diverse settings to articulate the impacts of WalkBoston’s work and the benefits of walkable communities.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively with WalkBoston staff, board of directors, donors, and volunteers
  • Self starter, entrepreneurial, flexible, and well organized
  • Commitment to WalkBoston’s mission to create more walkable communities across the state.

Benefits:

  • Compensation based upon prior work experience
  • Flexible schedule (2.5 days/week or 3-4 short days).

This is a part-time position (20-25 hours/week). Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by sending a resume and cover letter with salary expectations (no phone calls please). WalkBoston is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Wendy Landman, Executive Director

jobs@walkboston.org

WalkBoston board appoints Stacey Beuttell as next Executive Director

WalkBoston board appoints Stacey Beuttell as next Executive Director

The WalkBoston Board is pleased to announce that Stacey Beuttell will be the organization’s next Executive Director. Stacey, who is WalkBoston’s Deputy Director, will succeed Wendy Landman, who has led the charge to make Massachusetts more walkable for the past 15 years.

Wendy will continue with her policy and advocacy efforts for the organization after she steps down as Executive Director in September 2019. “Since I started almost 15 years ago, we have moved beyond explaining the need for walkability to pushing for, and seeing the implementation of, changes in the built environment to support people walking,” said Wendy.  “Stacey’s passion for WalkBoston’s mission and her skill at drawing new people and communities into walking advocacy make her a perfect new leader. I am thrilled that she will lead WalkBoston to even bigger and better successes across Massachusetts.”

Stacey has worked closely with Wendy over the last six years, advocating for complete streets programs, rural walking, sidewalk snow removal policies, safe routes to schools, age-friendly communities, and safe walking connections to transit. Together, they aligned WalkBoston’s efforts with public health professionals to promote access to safe, walkable neighborhoods, and with transportation and police organizations to reduce speeds and crashes between people driving and people walking.

Stacey came to WalkBoston well-equipped for the position. Prior to joining the organization in 2013, Stacey was a Senior Associate at Sasaki Associates, where she practiced as a landscape designer and planner for over thirteen years. She holds a Master in Landscape Architecture degree from the University of Michigan and Bachelor of Arts in American Studies/Environmental Studies from Dickinson College.

Shortly after joining the staff, Stacey focused her efforts on broadening WalkBoston’s reach. Her work with the Department of Public Health’s Mass in Motion program, MassDOT’s Bicycle and Safety Awareness and Enforcement Program, and the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s Pedestrian Safety Planning Initiative has taken her across the state building municipal staff and community awareness around walkable design.

In December, Stacey led the launch of the organization’s WalkMassachusetts Network, an initiative designed to connect and support local groups working on walking.  The Network helps groups share advocacy techniques, approaches for securing improvements to the walking environment, and methods of building constituencies to improve local walking.  “WalkBoston covers a lot of ground, but there are 351 municipalities in Massachusetts,” said Stacey. “By connecting people working on walking with us and with each other, we build the walking movement at the local level — that’s where real change happens.”

As part of her statewide outreach, Stacey has worked extensively with neighborhood residents and schools in Springfield. Many of the recommendations she put forth in walk audits became priorities for complete streets projects and community-led efforts to improve sidewalks and street crossings. “Wendy Landman is synonymous with WalkBoston in the Boston area,” said board member Betsy Johnson of Springfield, “but outside 495, WalkBoston has been known to municipal staff as ‘Stacey’s organization’ for years.”

Wendy assumed the role of WalkBoston Executive Director in 2004. In her first major advocacy effort, she galvanized support to ensure that the Charles River North Bank pedestrian bridge was built. The highly publicized walk she led with community and agency leaders showed that riverside trails to the new parks would dead-end without a bridge over the rail tracks. Globe and Herald editorials followed and revitalized widespread interest in the bridge, which encouraged the state to seek funding. The bridge was completed in 2012.

Since joining WalkBoston, Wendy has collaborated with the City of Boston to promote safer walking. These efforts include helping to shape the award-winning Complete Streets Guidelines and Vision Zero and Go Boston 2030 initiatives. During her tenure, Wendy transformed WalkBoston into a fully staffed, professionally-run statewide organization recognized nationally for its pedestrian advocacy efforts and technical expertise. WalkBoston was a strong supporter of statewide legislation that allowed cities and towns to lower the default speed limit in the fall of 2016. She is on the Board of Directors of America Walks, a national advocacy organization, and represents WalkBoston on the Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board, the executive committee of Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA), and the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative.

“Wendy Landman has worked tirelessly to promote safety and accessibility for the thousands of people who choose to make their way around Boston on foot each day,” said City of Boston Transportation Commissioner Gina N. Fiandaca. “We admire the work that Wendy has accomplished at WalkBoston and appreciate the positive impact that she has made on our local streets. Wendy’s advocacy has contributed to helping Boston maintain its title as America’s Walking City, and we look forward to continuing to work with WalkBoston on our shared transportation goals.”    

This fall, WalkBoston will celebrate Wendy Landman’s 15 years of service.

WalkMassachusetts Network at StreetTalks 10-in-1

WalkMassachusetts Network at StreetTalks 10-in-1

Stacey Beuttell recently promoted the WalkBoston’s newest statewide program, the WalkMassachusetts Network, at the Livable Streets Alliance StreetTalk 10-in-1 event. Launched at last year’s WalkBoston annual meeting, the Network aims to connect advocacy organizations, municipal committees, and community groups working on walking. Stacey summarizes the benefits of joining the Network and shares the results of our first Network forum held in December 2018  in this video.