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Call for public input in the Cape Cod Bridge Replacement process

Call for public input in the Cape Cod Bridge Replacement process

Bob Sloane, who calls the Cape home for much of the summer, recently published an opinion piece in the Cape Cod Times describing the replacement of the Cape Cod bridges as a “big, expensive once-in-a-lifetime event.” For those of you who know Bob’s commitment to the Allston multi-modal project, these adjectives sound eerily familiar. Read about Bob’s latest call for public input here.

Allston I-90 – early August 2020 update

Allston I-90 – early August 2020 update

Following an announcement of the potential alternatives to be included in the upcoming FHWA/MassDOT studies for a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS), 10+ organizations including WalkBoston sent in a letter that we hoped would help guide the writing that was to be included in a scope for the DEIS. The letter was not well-received by MassDOT and a response came quickly outlining why our letter was not going to have an effect on state/federal plans.

Shortly after these communications, the DEIS full document was distributed. It  has three alternatives for the Throat area, each of which will fail to meet the standards that are prescribed in the options MassDOT proposed to develop.

The two options our groups favor fail immediately because they cannot be constructed without either temporary or permanent fill in the Charles River, and the State’s Secretary of Environmental Affairs has stated that if any option stays out of the river it will necessarily become the chosen approach.

This isn’t just an Allston thing: the Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce is also concerned about transit access along the corridor. The Boston Globe editorial board weighed in over the weekend, saying “The state and activists should compromise on a solution that is not a throwback to 1960s transportation projects but a vision for a thriving waterfront and transit corridor.”

We’ll make sure to keep you in the loop as things continue to move forward.
Streetsblog Mass: Safe Streets Advocacy Groups Join Growing Movement to Cut Police Spending

Streetsblog Mass: Safe Streets Advocacy Groups Join Growing Movement to Cut Police Spending

Streetsblog Mass: “Safe Streets Advocacy Groups Join Growing Movement to Cut Police Spending

“In a letter sent yesterday to Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, three large advocacy groups for safer streets – the LivableStreets AllianceBoston Cyclists Union, and WalkBoston – called on the City of Boston to remove the Boston Police Department (BPD) from the city’s Vision Zero Task Force, reduce the BPD’s annual budget, and ‘reallocate resources for social programs designed to strengthen communities​.'”

Streetsblog Mass: MassDOT Begins Reexamining Deadly Speed Limit Policies

Streetsblog Mass: MassDOT Begins Reexamining Deadly Speed Limit Policies

Streetsblog Mass: “MassDOT Begins Reexamining Deadly Speed Limit Policies

“We often hear from residents and advocates that want to lower speed limits, and they ask us, ‘what’s the process?’ And we tell them, ‘honestly, if you do a speed study, they may actually raise the speed limit,'” said Beuttell. “Speed studies rule the day, and they shouldn’t. It should be context-specific. If there’s a school, or heavy foot traffic, or seniors living nearby, all that should be taken into consideration.”

MassDOT Blog – MassDOT on April Roadway Fatal Crashes: Drivers Urged to Slow Down

MassDOT Blog – MassDOT on April Roadway Fatal Crashes: Drivers Urged to Slow Down

MassDOT Blog: “MassDOT on April Roadway Fatal Crashes: Drivers Urged to Slow Down

Stacey Beuttell, Executive Director of WalkBoston, added, “With the stay-at-home advisory still in place, everyone should expect to see more neighbors walking, rolling, or running in the street as they try to maintain six feet of physical distance on narrow sidewalks. If you are driving, be prepared to yield to people walking and drive slowly. Empty streets are not a license to drive faster. Please consider every street a shared street and stay safe.”

MassDOT’s public education program, “Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet,” underscores the need for greater awareness on the road…MassDOT has been pleased to work collaboratively on this public safety initiative with the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston Vision Zero, WalkBoston, MassBike, and the Safe Roads Alliance.

This important story has been covered in a number of news outlets: