Category: Statewide Efforts

Walkable school campus design is back!

Walkable school campus design is back!

photo courtesy of MA SRTS

With the design and construction of many new schools in Massachusetts, WalkBoston is busy once again working to ensure that the proposed site plans prioritize students walking to school. We just met with HMFH Architects and Crosby|Schlessinger|Smallridge to discuss the Arlington High School Building project this week at the request of some of our Arlington supporters.

Just a reminder that we published Walk to School? But how do I find the front door?: Strategies for designing a walkable school campus a couple of years ago. It’s as relevant as ever. Download your copy today.

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?

Join us on Jan 23rd for a Day of Action at the State House

Join us on Jan 23rd for a Day of Action at the State House

Please join us and other members of the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition for a Day of Action at the State House on the morning of WednesdayJanuary 23rd.

We’ll go door-to-door and ask our representatives and senators to support traffic safety legislation around three key issues. This legislation will save lives, reduce injuries, and bring us closer to Vision Zero. Read more about these issues below.

Event Details:
Day of Action at the State House
WednesdayJanuary 23, 2019, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
@ Massachusetts State House, Room 437
24 Beacon Street, Boston

9:30 – 10:00 am | Arrive, check in, enjoy coffee + light breakfast
10:00 – 10:30 am | Program (speakers TBA)
10:30 am – 12 pm | Meetings with legislative offices

Training materials and talking points will be provided day of. Even if you can’t commit to the full morning, you are welcome to join us for any part of the schedule! Please RSVP here.

Priorities for Traffic Safety Legislation:

  1. Hands-free — improve the current law against texting-while-driving, which is difficult for officers to enforce, by requiring any use of mobile devices while driving to be hands-free.
  2. Automated enforcement — allow red light cameras and speed cameras to be placed in certain locations in the Commonwealth. When enacted in other states, automated enforcement has reduced speeding and serious crashes.
  3. Truck safety — equip state-contracted trucks with safety side-guards, mirrors, and back-up cameras to reduce the number of fatalities of people walking and biking.

Traffic fatalities are unacceptably high in Massachusetts, and we know that crashes are not accidents – they’re the tragic, preventable results of inadequate planning, policy, and unsafe behavior.

Help us spread the word about the Day of Action to your contacts by sharing this post, and via social media before and during the event using these hashtags: #crashnotaccident #visionzero #textlesslivemore

Please RSVP here. For more information, contact Emily Stein at emily@saferoadsalliance.org.

We hope to see you there!

BU School of Public Health students create WalkMassachusetts Network video

BU School of Public Health students create WalkMassachusetts Network video

This past semester, Boston University School of Public Health students in Professor Kim Kronenberg’s class SB833: “Designing and Implementing a Health Communication Campaign,” engaged WalkBoston as a client to create a video to promote the WalkMassachusetts Network. The goal of the course is to give students health communication background and hands-on experience. The video was the tool they used to learn about the health communication process.

Thanks to MPH students Sharon, Shweta, TraciAnn & Benji for their work on this effort, Professor Kronenberg for inviting us to participate — and thanks to everyone who contributed constructive feedback to their questions along the way!

Check out the video they produced below with the help of Lynn Weissman, Videography and technology instructor, and get involved with the WalkMassachusetts Network.

First WalkMassachusetts Network Forum in the books!

First WalkMassachusetts Network Forum in the books!

Photo by Price Armstrong, Holyoke Bicycle Pedestrian Committee

Thank you for your lively conversations, your questions, your suggestions, and for taking part in the first WalkMassachusetts Network gathering in Worcester. Stacey had the opportunity to present the successful results of our meeting last night at the 10 in 1 StreetTalks event put on by LivableStreets. So we bet participation in the Network will grow to include even more groups working on walking throughout the Commonwealth.

As promised, we are launching the WalkMassachusetts Network online forum. Below is a link to sign into the forum; once logged in, there is an automated helper that can walk you through different features. Additional info is pinned as a banner at the top of the page, which includes instructions on how to modify your email preferences. After poking around a bit, please let us know if you any issues using the online forum. We have already added the slides from Saturday and the notes from each breakout group to help get things started.

Create your account on the forum here

We can’t wait to read about your successes and challenges as you work to make your communities more walkable. We look forward to witnessing the peer-to-peer learning that will surely flourish as this Network continues to grow – both online and in person. If you haven’t yet, check out the list of participating groups/communities and add your group.

Thanks for all that you do and your support of WalkBoston.