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Somerville Times: “Denise Provost leaves State House after 15 years”

Somerville Times: “Denise Provost leaves State House after 15 years”

Somerville Times: “Denise Provost leaves State House after 15 years

As Provost was cleaning out her office, she was reminded of battles fought and efforts made over the years. Also, memorable awards given to her in the past 15 years, such as Legislator of the Year in 2018 from the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association and the Thomas Menino Award for Public Service from Disability Policy Consortium. WalkBoston’s Golden Shoe Award that includes a framed award and a tiny golden shoe on a wooden plaque holds special significance for Provost, as traffic, pedestrian, and bicycle safety was important to her as a legislator. Many awards she was given are meaningful to her with stories and the people connected to them.

Posted January 20, 2021

Boston 25 News: “Downtown shopping districts face challenges in 2021”

Boston 25 News: “Downtown shopping districts face challenges in 2021”

Boston 25 News: “Downtown shopping districts face challenges in 2021

In recent years the push has been to create more walkable communities, to improve both public health and the environment. Stacey Beuttell of WalkBoston is worried about losing momentum. “We know that lively, walkable communities that have destinations, and places for people to go, promote volunteerism, it promotes community engagement, and really a sense of belonging.”

Posted January 13, 2021

Daily Hampshire Gazette: “Grant to support walkability in Hilltowns”

Daily Hampshire Gazette: “Grant to support walkability in Hilltowns”

Daily Hampshire Gazette: “Grant to support walkability in Hilltowns

The Hilltown CDC applied for the grant in partnership with the Northern Hilltowns Councils on Aging, Walk Boston and Healthy Hampshire…

A walk audit under the program would be conducted by Walk Boston, and involves walking an area with town leadership and other interested parties to experience what the streets are like.

Posted January 14, 2021

Boston Herald: “Horror in Charlestown: Pedestrian killed after getting struck, dragged for a mile by vehicle”

Boston Herald: “Horror in Charlestown: Pedestrian killed after getting struck, dragged for a mile by vehicle”

Boston Herald: “Horror in Charlestown: Pedestrian killed after getting struck, dragged for a mile by vehicle

During the first five days of the new year, there have already been multiple fatal pedestrian crashes in Massachusetts, including a hit-and-run in Springfield over the weekend, said Brendan Kearney of the WalkBoston advocacy group.

“The number of large vehicles involved with fatal crashes, especially involving people walking or biking, is a huge concern,” he said. “And that’s not just in Boston, but across the state and across the country.

“There are bad sight lines on these vehicles,” Kearney added. “And it’s putting everyone in a bad situation when we have large vehicles and streets where people can drive fast.”

During the coronavirus pandemic, there have been fewer cars on the roads but drivers are speeding at a higher clip, he said.

“That’s something we’ve seen across the state,” Kearney said.

Posted January 5, 2021

Boston Globe: “We asked some of Boston’s leaders (who aren’t running for mayor) what the city’s next mayor should do. Here are their answers”

Boston Globe: “We asked some of Boston’s leaders (who aren’t running for mayor) what the city’s next mayor should do. Here are their answers”

Boston Globe: “We asked some of Boston’s leaders (who aren’t running for mayor) what the city’s next mayor should do. Here are their answers

Stacey Beuttell, executive director of WalkBoston, said one of the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic is that streets and sidewalks can have many uses, from dining to art to providing a place to gather. The Walsh administration expanded outdoor dining this summer and fall but she’d like to see the next mayor do more, to make those sort of street closures and sidewalk activations permanent and push more of them into the neighborhoods where most Bostonians live. “So many different walking spaces have been loved again, as places where people can simply be and exist, as opposed to parked cars,” she said.

Posted January 10, 2021