Category: Event

Great Day of Action for Road Safety on Beacon Hill

Great Day of Action for Road Safety on Beacon Hill

Thank you so much to everyone who joined us at the Statehouse for the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition’s Road Safety Day of Action! Thank you to Governor Baker & Lt. Governor Polito for also filing legislation focused on road safety and getting the conversation started.

A packed room heard from Governor Baker, Text Less Live More, Children’s Hospital, AAA, SADD, and co-sponsors of three important bills:

  1. The Hands-Free Bill(s)

    • Chairman Wagner & Representative Donato are sponsoring HD1534
    • Chairman Straus is sponsoring HD1420
    • Representative Provost is sponsoring HD1346
    • Senator Montigny is sponsoring SD1383
    • Senators Creem & Brownsberger are sponsoring SD897
  2. Automated Enforcement Bill

    • Senator William Brownsberger is sponsoring SD1461
  3. An Act to Reduce Traffic Fatalities

    • Senator William Brownsberger is sponsoring SD847
    • Representative Hecht and Representative Rogers are sponsoring HD1653
WalkBoston Executive Director Wendy Landman explains an aspect of the bill.

The morning was organized by the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition (WalkBoston, Safe Roads Alliance, MassBike, LivableStreets Alliance, Boston Cyclists Union, Transportation for Massachusetts & more) & Text Less Live More. After info packets were distributed, people were off to meet with their legislators and talk about why these efforts would make MA roads safer in their own communities. Thank you to everyone who came together today to work towards safer streets, and thank you to all of the legislators and staff that attended and listened throughout the day!


Were you unable to make it to Beacon Hill, but want to get involved with WalkBoston’s efforts?

Event: Save the Date for Annual Party, March 18th 5-8pm

Event: Save the Date for Annual Party, March 18th 5-8pm

Come join us on March 18th from 5-8PM for our annual party! This year’s keynote speaker is Eric Fleegler, MD, MPH, a pediatric emergency physician and health services researcher at Boston Children’s Hospital. His research includes articles that identify pedestrian road safety as a public health priority and ways to address racial/ethnic health disparities in pediatric asthma outcomes.

This year’s celebration will recognize Walking Champions from Fall River & Springfield with Golden Shoe Awards. Learn more about all of our previous award winners.

What: WalkBoston Annual Party
When: March 18, 2019 5-8PM
Where: Fort Point Room / Atlantic Wharf, 290 Congress St, Boston, MA (same venue as last year!)
Cost: $30 – Beer, wine + food included with your ticket

Hope to see you on March 18th!

“Step On It!” Sidewalk Scavenger Hunt a success!

“Step On It!” Sidewalk Scavenger Hunt a success!

On a Nov. 3rd, sightseers, residents, friends, and families ventured out and braved the forecast of rain and wind to gather at Old City Hall and participate in WalkBoston’s scavenger hunt.  Teams and individuals alike grabbed their clues and eagerly set off within the Downtown Boston area to search the sidewalks and uncover embedded images/phrases.  Fun wrapped up with a bit of history sums it up as participants hunted for over a dozen items: the lyrics to the “Tea Tax,” a plaque commemorating the building of the first subway in America, and many more.  The two-hour hunt ended with a celebration of food, drinks and announcement of four winning teams: Ali’s Alley Explorers, Lovely Ladies, Spark, and The Sidewalk Raptors.

The winners: Ali’s Alley Explorers!

Thanks to our staff, board members, and volunteers who put this event together and our co-sponsors MP Boston and the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District, who generously invested their resources promoting our event.

Lastly, we thank all the local businesses that donated prizes for the event: Synergy Investments, Hyatt/Downtown Boston, Zipcar, Roche Bros., Sweet Bakery, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Serafina Boston, Boston By Foot, Freedom Trail Foundation, Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, and Zoo New England.

See our album of pictures on Facebook

Results

TeamScore
Ali’s Alley Explorers37
lovely ladies34
Spark34
The Sidewalk Raptors34
Schuerhoff Team29
Allsfair27
Codd Squad25
Fish-ionaries25
Scooby Doo25
Tech Networks of Boston24
Ladies who Lunch23
Team Ahearn23
Diego13
Clueless12
Event: MassDOT Design Public Hearing – Cypher Street Improvements, 11/13, 6:30pm

Event: MassDOT Design Public Hearing – Cypher Street Improvements, 11/13, 6:30pm

Cypher Street

We led a walk two years ago in November 2016 from near the Broadway T Station (meeting at Dorchester Ave & W 2nd Street) that walked toward the Fort Point area. The route went by the proposed GE Headquarters site and highlighted gaps in the pedestrian network at Cypher Street that neighbors in the area have been trying to shine a light on. One of our guest speakers on the walk described a project that would include improvements for Cypher Street that was proceeding toward 25% design.

There is now a public hearing scheduled to take place at the Condon School on November 13 at 6:30pm:

“The proposed work includes new sidewalks and pavement, street lighting, traffic signal systems, improved drainage, accessibility ramps and crosswalks, separated bike lanes, new pavement markings, signing and landscaping in accordance with current state and federal standards.”

Corner of Haul Road & Cypher Street

The full announcement from MassDOT can be found below. We encourage you to go and speak up for safe walking!


The Commonwealth of Massachusetts – Department of Transportation Highway Division – Notice of Public Hearing

Project File No. 608807
(search for this number on MassDOT project tracking system)

A Design Public Hearing will be held by MassDOT to discuss the new Cypher Street Improvements, including Richards Street, E Street and Fargo Street in the Seaport District of Boston, MA.

WHERE:

Condon School, 200 D Street, Boston, MA 02127

WHEN:

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 6:30 PM

PURPOSE:

The purpose of this hearing is to provide the public with the opportunity to become fully acquainted with the proposed improvements to the streets listed above. All views and comments made at the hearing will be reviewed and considered to the maximum extent possible.

PROPOSAL:

The project will include improvements for truck access to Massport’s Conley Terminal, and expand/improve multi-modal transportation connections through the corridor. The proposed work includes new sidewalks and pavement, street lighting, traffic signal systems, improved drainage, accessibility ramps and crosswalks, separated bike lanes, new pavement markings, signing and landscaping in accordance with current state and federal standards.

A secure right-of-way is necessary for this project. Acquisitions in fee and permanent or temporary easements may be required. MassDOT is responsible for acquiring all needed rights in private or public lands. MassDOT’s policy concerning land acquisitions will be discussed at this hearing.

Written views received by MassDOT subsequent to the date of this notice and up to five (5) days prior to the date of the hearing shall be displayed for public inspection and copying at the time and date listed above. Plans will be on display one-half hour before the hearing begins, with an engineer in attendance to answer questions regarding this project. A project handout will be made available on the MassDOT website listed below.

Written statements and other exhibits in place of, or in addition to, oral statements made at the Public Hearing regarding the proposed undertaking are to be submitted to Patricia A. Leavenworth, P.E., Chief Engineer, MassDOT, 10 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, Attention: Roadway Project Management, Project File No. 608807. Such submissions will also be accepted at the hearing. Mailed statements and exhibits intended for inclusion in the public hearing transcript must be postmarked within ten (10) business days of this Public Hearing.

Project inquiries may be emailed to dot.feedback.highway@state.ma.us

This location is accessible to people with disabilities. MassDOT provides reasonable accommodations and/or language assistance free of charge upon request (including but not limited to interpreters in American Sign Language and languages other than English, open or closed captioning for videos, assistive listening devices and alternate material formats, such as audio tapes, Braille and large print), as available.  For accommodation or language assistance, please contact MassDOT’s Chief Diversity and Civil Rights Officer by phone (857-368-8580), fax (857-368-0602), TTD/TTY (857-368-0603) or by email (MassDOT.CivilRights@dot.state.ma.us).

Requests should be made as soon as possible prior to the meeting, and for more difficult to arrange services including sign-language, CART or language translation or interpretation, requests should be made at least ten (10) business days before the meeting.

In case of inclement weather, hearing cancellation announcements will be posted on the internet at
http://www.massdot.state.ma.us/Highway/
JONATHAN GULLIVER PATRICIA A. LEAVENWORTH, P.E.
HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATOR CHIEF ENGINEER

Event: WalkMassachusetts Network 1st Meeting, 12/1 in Worcester

Event: WalkMassachusetts Network 1st Meeting, 12/1 in Worcester

RSVP now and save the date – December 1, 2018, for our first in-person gathering of the WalkMassachusetts Network at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, MA. This event is open to any local organizations working on walking!

WalkMassachusetts Network is a free statewide network of advocacy organizations, municipal committees, and community groups working on walking. WalkBoston has established the Network to amplify our collective efforts by strengthening local voices. 

This Network is a way for WalkBoston to:

  • be a resource to you & your community,
  • give support to grassroots organizations,
  • make connections between organizations working on similar issues, or in similar parts of the Commonwealth.

We’re launching an online forum as part of this effort to be able to better answer questions & crowdsource other ideas. We’ve started to gather ideas from many of you about what you’re hoping to get out of it. Thank you for your help. Look for it soon!

Sign up on Eventbrite to join us on December 1st & share the event on Facebook

Learn more about the WalkMassachusetts Network

Add your group to our map of Network organizations