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Event: Beat the Bay State Team Challenge

Event: Beat the Bay State Team Challenge

More people than ever are taking to the sidewalks to stay healthy, get to work, and safely connect with people during COVID 19. Starting November 1st, we’re challenging you to compete in the Beat the Bay State Challenge!

Register today on RunSignUp

Log miles on foot to virtually trace the perimeter of Massachusetts in 30 days. Your participation will support WalkBoston’s work to advocate for wider sidewalks, support main street businesses and make streets safer for all!

WalkBoston is celebrating 30 years of statewide work to make Massachusetts more walkable. Combine efforts with a group of friends, co-workers, or family to cover the distance (900 miles) by walking or running. Your combined miles will add up through the challenge platform and move you along a virtual route that traces the outline of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

This November, circle the Commonwealth with the “Beat the Bay State” team challenge. The set up is simple:

  • Month-long challenge (Nov 1st-30th)
  • $20 entry per person
  • No limits on team size, you can tackle the Challenge by yourself or with 100 friends!
  • Walk/run wherever you are
  • As you log miles, your team will move along a route of the 900 mile perimeter of Massachusetts
  • Earn fun badges showing your progress as you travel around the state
  • Compete against other teams to see who can:
    • Build the biggest team!
    • Raise the most money!
    • Finish the Challenge first!
  • Prizes for top performers
  • Raise money for a fantastic organization!
  • Event swag available: hats and buffs

Want to get involved but not able to field a team on your own?

Sponsorship opportunities may be available! Please contact our Development Director, Althea Wong-Achorn, at awong-achorn@walkboston.org if you would like to apply.

We hope you’ll join us!

One Minute, One Slide: Using Data to Storytell & Move towards Action

One Minute, One Slide: Using Data to Storytell & Move towards Action

Below is a “One Minute, One Slide” presentation shared by a member of the WalkBoston staff.
Text provided is as prepared for this year’s annual event on September 23, 2020 on Zoom.

Jenny Choi 

As a data analyst intern at WalkBoston this past summer, I had the incredible opportunity to work on several projects involving pedestrian crash data.

The first project is designing town-specific pedestrian crash profiles for Mass in Motion communities, shown on the left. By organizing key data in an accessible, concise way, these profiles aim to help towns and cities better understand how and why these crashes happen in their communities.

The second project is conducting spatial analysis with an age-friendly focus, shown on the right. We looked at pedestrian crashes involving older adults and how they spatially related to relevant demographic, geographic, and built environment factors. By translating data into compelling visualizations, our analysis can encourage lively community discussions around pedestrian safety and age-friendly walking.

Moving forward, we hope to continue using data to tell important stories and make informed decisions that can help us all strive towards safer, healthier, and more equitable communities.

One Minute, One Slide: September 2020 Presentations & Video

One Minute, One Slide: September 2020 Presentations & Video

Presented as part of the #WalkBoston30th Annual Meeting, September 23, 2020 on Zoom. As we have done in past years, WalkBoston staff members each gave a one minute, one slide presentation. Video segment below. We’ve included the text as prepared for each person’s presentation at the links underneath the video.

Brendan Kearney – Walking & Communicating in the time of COVID

One Minute, One Slide: Walking & Communicating in the time of COVID

LeighAnne Taylor – WalkMA & Framingham Youth Walking Advocates

One Minute, One Slide: WalkMA & Framingham Youth Walking Advocates

Wendy Landman – Age-Friendly Walking in Boston and Beyond 

One Minute, One Slide: Age-Friendly Walking in Boston and Beyond

Jenny Choi – Using Data to Storytell & Move towards Action

One Minute, One Slide: Using Data to Storytell & Move towards Action

Ayesha Mehrotra – Racial Inequities in Walking & Gateway Cities Walkable TOD 

One Minute, One Slide: Racial Inequities in Walking & Gateway Cities Walkable TOD

Bob Sloane – Allston I90: The Saga Continues 

One Minute, One Slide: Allston I90 – The Saga Continues

Althea Wong-Achorn – Intro & Beat the Bay State Team Challenge

One Minute, One Slide: Althea Wong-Achorn Intro & Beat the Bay State Challenge

 

Golden Shoe Award Winners For September 2020 Annual Meeting

Golden Shoe Award Winners For September 2020 Annual Meeting

As presented at this year’s annual event on Zoom, September 23, 2020.

Boston Public Library
Boston Public Library: David Leonard; Eamon Shelton; Michael Colford; Laura Irmscher; Ellen Donaghey; Beth Prindle; Boston Public Facilities Dept.: Patrick Brophy (Mayor’s Office); Tricia Lyons; Jim McQueen; Maureen Anderson; William Rawn Associates: Bill Rawn; Cliff Gayley; Sindu Meier; Elizabeth Bondaryk; Andy Jonic; Reed Hilderbrand: Doug Reed; Adrian Nial; Consigli Construction: Jim Hervol; Phil Brault; PMA: Chris Carroll.

This year the award goes to the Boston Public Library Central Library Renovation Team – for imagining and redesigning the landmark public space as a sidewalk-level, open, accessible place that welcomes people of all backgrounds and abilities.

 

Coalition for a Better Acre Walking Champions
Aurora Erickson (CBA program leader), Maria Claudio, Laura Diaz, Destiny Gath, Billy Heath, Michael Heath, Nandi Munson, Marianne Staid, Luz Vasudevan, and Ediana and Angel Williams.

This group met with us regularly for over a year to make changes to the walking conditions in their neighborhood. The Coalition for a Better Acre was a true partner in this effort. So the award goes to the Lowell Walking Champions for your persistence in voicing the need for safer walking in your neighborhood, and effecting lasting changes that advance walkability for all Lowell residents.

Tufts Health Plan Foundation & Boston Age Strong Commission
Tufts Health Plan Foundation: Nora Moreno-Cargie; Phillip Gonzalez; Kimberly Blakemore; Boston Age Strong Commission: Emily Shea; Andrea Burns; Nicole Chandler.

 

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation gave WalkBoston its start in age-friendly work by supporting our Boston Age-Friendly Walking program. This program yielded many successes including new benches and senior-focused, open streets events.With your continued support, we have expanded our age-friendly walking efforts across the state to make walking safer for people of all ages in rural towns and gateway cities. Tonight we honor you for embracing and advancing the age-friendly walking movement supporting healthy aging in communities across the Commonwealth.

The Age Strong Commission was an early and enthusiastic adopter of the idea that an age-friendly community must include age-friendly walking, and that the City must focus its energy on the streets and sidewalks that serve seniors with the highest need. Tonight we honor you with a Golden Shoe award for ensuring that Boston’s streets and sidewalks safely serve seniors so that all can continue to walk and age strong.

Keynote Speaker Mark Fenton

Mark Fenton is an adjunct associate professor at Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, a nationally recognized public health, planning, and transportation consultant, an advocate for active transportation, and former host of the “America’s Walking” series on PBS television. Mark is a longtime friend of WalkBoston, and in fact, the one and only honorary lifetime WalkBoston member. I’m going to stop here and let those who really know Mark well introduce him.