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Road Race: the Alarming Increase in Speeding on Massachusetts Roadways

Road Race: the Alarming Increase in Speeding on Massachusetts Roadways

 

Join WalkBoston tomorrow, June 4th, for a virtual AAA Northeast Town Hall to discuss the increase in speeding during the COVID-19 pandemic, making the roads more dangerous for all users at a time when walking outside is especially important for health.

Take part in the conversation tomorrow, June 4th from 11am-noon ET.

Register for the webinar here.

Learn more about the event and the panelists:

Excessive speeds have grave implications for motorists, cyclists, and pedestrians. We’ll discuss this alarming trend and consider approaches for getting people to slow down and prioritize safety.

Moderators: Mary Maguire and Mark Schieldrop

Panelists:

Colonel Christopher Mason, MA State Police

Jonathan Gulliver, MassDOT Highway Administrator

Jeff Larason, MA Director of Highway Safety

Galen Mook, Executive Director, MA Bicycle Coalition

Stacey Beuttell, Executive Director, WalkBoston

 

We’re hiring!

We’re hiring!

We’re hiring a development manager – come join our team! Full description and application details are below. Please apply by June 26th by emailing a resume and cover letter with salary expectations to jobs@walkboston.org


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 help develop and implement a comprehensive 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, and assist in developing fundraising strategies for virtual and live WalkBoston events.

Responsibilities:

Grant-writing

  • Manage all aspects of the grant research, writing, and reporting process.
  • Identify potential grant opportunities and coordinate strategy.
  • Draft and edit grant applications and reports.
  • Maintain calendar of grant proposal and reporting deadlines.

Corporate & Individual Giving

  • Identify and cultivate relationships with potential corporate and foundation funders.
  • Steward existing relationships with corporate, foundation, and individuals donors.
  • Develop and execute a major donor strategy in partnership with the Executive Director and the Board Development Committee.

Development Administration & Communications

  • Manage fundraising administrative tasks including gift processing and donor acknowledgements.
  • Manage and maintain the Salesforce database.
  • Identify and research new prospects.
  • Provide administrative and operational support to Executive Director and Board members for ongoing relationships and solicitation strategies.
  • Lead and oversee the Board Development Committee.
  • Collaborate with Graphic Designer to lead the design, development, and production of annual appeals, event collateral, and other communications materials.

 Event Support & Management

  • Support the execution of at least one fundraising event per year.
  • Help to identify, solicit, and steward corporate sponsorship for events and for maximizing individual sponsorship and ticket purchases.
  • Support the planning of WalkBoston’s Annual Meeting.

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, program participants 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 possessing the above experience and skills are encouraged to apply by sending a resume and cover letter with salary expectations. WalkBoston is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Stacey Beuttell, Executive Director

jobs@walkboston.org

“Walkability and Main Street Resilience” Virtual Event

“Walkability and Main Street Resilience” Virtual Event

This panel already happened, but you can view the recording of it here!

One of the hallmarks of a successful walkable community is a thriving town center or downtown district. These districts are where people can shop, eat, get a haircut, mail a letter, or just sit with a friend on a bench. When these nearby destinations and people-focused places suffer economically, the walkability of the community can also decline. Without a destination to walk to, fewer people will venture out. WalkBoston recognizes how important local businesses are to its core mission – making Massachusetts more walkable – and is concerned about the devastating effects of COVID-19 on local business’ resilience. 

Join WalkBoston, main streets and municipal representatives on June 24th at 1pm EST to discuss how small, local businesses influence walkability. Through the panel, you will also learn how you can support local businesses to secure long-term neighborhood walkability during and after COVID-19. 

This virtual panel discussion will: 

  1. Illustrate the importance of vital business districts for walkable communities
  2. Elevate creative strategies in which individual businesses, their host municipalities, and customer communities can collaborate to help mitigate the impacts of COVID.

Meet our speakers: 

Che Anderson, Deputy Cultural Development Officer, City of Worcester

Che Anderson is the Deputy Cultural Development Officer for the City of Worcester, and has worked in city government for over 6 years. He founded POW! WOW! Worcester, part of a global mural festival. He is passionate about supporting local businesses and special events programming in the Greater Worcester region. In recognition of his work, Anderson was named a member of the Power 50 by the Worcester Business Journal in 2019.

Alia Hamada Forrest, Executive Director, Roslindale Village Main Street 

Alia Hamada Forrest is the Executive Director of Roslindale Village Main Street and has lived in Boston since 2003. She grew up in a family that values hospitality, food, and the restaurant industry — her dad was an executive chef at several restaurants in Phoenix, Arizona and her mom manages banquets and events at a resort in Scottsdale. A first-generation American, Alia brings compassion to the immigrant experience and small business. 

Contact MEPA about Northern Avenue Bridge Project (Due June 9th)

Contact MEPA about Northern Avenue Bridge Project (Due June 9th)

On Wednesday, May 20th, WalkBoston participated in a MEPA “Virtual Site Visit” for the Northern Avenue Bridge in Boston. MEPA is accepting public comment on this project, and announced they have extended the deadline until June 9th. We encourage you to voice your opinion.

WalkBoston, LivableStreets, and the Boston Cyclists Union asked earlier this month on a Zoom Public Meeting that the City commit to a bridge design that is only open to pedestrians, bicycles, and emergency vehicles. Following that meeting, we testified at the Boston Transportation / Public Works Budget Hearing and asked the City Council to not approve the Northern Ave Bridge project in the budget until this commitment has been made. The scale of funding for safety projects throughout the city pale in comparison to the estimated dollars for the current iteration of this proposed bridge.

WalkBoston is working on a detailed comment letter on the project, but you can read some of our concerns in this post from earlier this month, “Speak Up for a People First Northern Avenue Bridge.”

Major issues: 

  • Bridge is being overbuilt for the stated purpose/need. 
  • Unclear how Harborwalk is integrated into bridge design.
  • Current plan has private shuttles directly adjacent to people walking/biking; paint is not appropriate separation or protection on a new bridge.

How to submit feedback:

More information:

Brooks Elementary’s Safe Routes to School Project in Medford

Brooks Elementary’s Safe Routes to School Project in Medford

Our partners at WalkMedford recently reported that the Medford City Council unanimously supported the ​Brooks Elementary School Safe Routes to School Safety Project. The project will bring enhanced safety for children walking and bicycling to the Brooks School from nearby neighborhoods, as well as improve the accessibility and safety for the thousands of other people who use High Street every day. Speeding cars pose a real threat to children as well as other pedestrians on High Street.

On May 12, the City Council approved 12 easements that will allow the project to move forward and that will entail removing several on-street parking spaces.  Studies by the state and city have shown that there is plenty of parking in the area at all times of day, and that all of the affected houses have ample driveways to accommodate resident cars.

The project includes: rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFBs) at several pedestrian crossings; bump outs that will shorten crossing distances; accessible curb ramps and narrowed travel lanes; several new crosswalks; construction of a splitter island to reduce crossing distances; and, the installation of an uphill bike lane and downhill “sharrows” on High Street.

Congratulations Medford!