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Category: Walk Audit

Brighton Walk Audit Examines Pedestrian Challenges on Washington

Brighton Walk Audit Examines Pedestrian Challenges on Washington

On Friday, January 24th, WalkBoston met with City Councilor Liz Breadon and representatives of the Office of Neighborhood Services and Age Strong Commission at the B’nai B’rith Housing’s Covenant House & Patricia White Apartments to conduct a walk audit of the surrounding area. Attendees shared that drivers speed along Washington Street mainly during non-rush hour times of day as they come down the hill on Washington away from Commonwealth Avenue, which leads to dangerous conditions for pedestrians trying to use this crosswalk. During our walk, Eversource was on site doing construction in the middle of the road with a police detail. As a result, there was slower moving traffic – we referred to it as a traffic calming pilot project. Despite the construction, participants noted that many drivers failed to yield for pedestrians in the following crosswalks along Washington near Whole Foods. In addition, walk audit participants recorded vehicle speeds at over 25 mph even though they were coming through a work zone. 

Attendees shared that lighting at night along this corridor can also be a challenge for people walking, and especially for people with low vision. The walk audit was a great opportunity to look at both built-environment assets as well as opportunities to improve pedestrian safety in the area, which WalkBoston looks forward to synthesizing in a report that will be available soon. Many thanks to all of the participants who spent their morning with us!

Walk audit participants notice most drivers fail to yield for pedestrians at a crosswalk.
Ware Age-Friendly Walk Audit – Report

Ware Age-Friendly Walk Audit – Report

On Friday, November 15th, WalkBoston conducted a walk audit in Ware, MA. The town of Ware is currently in the process of developing a Bike and Pedestrian plan and a Complete Streets Prioritization plan. The town requested this walk audit to help inform these processes. The audit focused on the walkability of Ware’s low-income, environmental justice neighborhood and of the connectivity of this neighborhood and senior housing complexes to areas of town with a high density of goods and services. This walk audit was completed as part of WalkBoston’s Age-Friendly Walking initiative, which is a three year, statewide initiative to improve walking conditions for people of all ages in rural and gateway communities of Massachusetts through policy implementation and built environment change.

To learn more about this walk audit you can read the report here:
WalkBoston – WARE walk audit report FINAL

 

Walking Around South Boston’s Andrew Square

Walking Around South Boston’s Andrew Square

Spurred by engaged citizens and Councilor Ed Flynn’s office, WalkBoston led a pedestrian safety walk around the Andrew Square neighborhood of South Boston on Wednesday, December 4th. Area residents, Andrew Square Civic Association members, Councilor Flynn and staffers engaged in a lively discussion about current threats to pedestrian safety and a history of pedestrian injuries in and along Andrew Square, Old Colony Ave, Preble Street, Dorchester Street and Dorchester Avenue. The area has seen a number of development projects, with a significant amount yet to come in the future along Dorchester Avenue guided by PLAN: South Boston Dot Ave. Walking through the neighborhood, residents and WalkBoston staff noted various safety concerns driven by augmented traffic volume that has negatively impacted people walking or biking within the neighborhood and to the T station.

Attendees offered many potential solutions, including speed reduction, new crosswalks and restriping, road diets, bike lanes, and improved pedestrian signaling. After a snow storm, the walk also provided an opportunity to observe snow removal practices in action and areas of improvement. WalkBoston looks forward to supporting Andrew Square residents in advocating for policies and improvement measures that result in safer streets for everyone.

Development projects in the area impact pedestrian routes.
Parking close to crosswalks reduces visibility and pedestrian safety.
Snow and ice produce new challenges for walkers.
Williamstown Walk Audit – Age-Friendly Walking

Williamstown Walk Audit – Age-Friendly Walking

On Friday, November 22nd, WalkBoston conducted a walk audit in Williamstown, MA. This walk audit focused on recommendations to improve the safety of several high-volume, low-visibility crosswalks near the Williams College campus and of the walkability and connectivity of the main shopping plaza at the edge of town. The group also discussed recommendations for Age-Friendly walking features to improve the safety and comfort of people walking of all ages, such as benches and wayfinding signage. This walk audit was completed as part of WalkBoston’s Age-Friendly Walking initiative, which is a three year, statewide initiative to improve walking conditions for people of all ages in rural and gateway communities of Massachusetts through policy implementation and built environment change.

Ware Walk Audit – Age-Friendly Walking

Ware Walk Audit – Age-Friendly Walking

On Friday, November 15th, WalkBoston conducted a walk audit in Ware, MA. The town of Ware is currently in the process of developing a Bike and Pedestrian plan and a Complete Streets Prioritization plan. The town requested this walk audit to help inform these processes. The audit focused on the walkability of Ware’s low-income, environmental justice neighborhood and of the connectivity of this neighborhood and senior housing complexes to areas of town with a high density of goods and services. This walk audit was completed as part of WalkBoston’s Age-Friendly Walking initiative, which is a three year, statewide initiative to improve walking conditions for people of all ages in rural and gateway communities of Massachusetts through policy implementation and built environment change.