Golden Shoe Awards

Golden Shoe Awards

WalkBoston presents the Golden Shoe Awards at our annual meeting each March to celebrate and reward those who have bettered the walking environment and who exemplify the ideals that guide WalkBoston. Golden Shoes are awarded to individuals, agencies, municipalities and companies.

2019 – Read about the winners
Fall River Walking Champions | Friends of the Quequechan River Rail Trail: Janice Velozo and many others | Bike Fall River: Brian Pearson and many others | Fall River School Dept: David Assad | Fall River Dept of Community Maintenance: John Perry, Laura Ferreira | Fall River Dept of Health, Mass in Motion: Julianne Kelly, Eric Andrade | Fall River Engineer (retired): Byron Holmes | Fall River Police Dept: Officer Rick Saraiva | Fall River Fire Dept: Chief John Lynch | Southeastern Regional Planning and Economic Development District (SRPEDD): Jackie Jones
Springfield Walking Champions | City of Springfield Dept of Health and Human Services: Helen Caulton-Harris, Commissioner, Benjamin Bland, Mass in Motion Coordinator, Kiah McAndrew-Davis, 1422 Grant Manager | City of Springfield Dept of Public Works: Matt Sokop, Chief Engineer | Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, Catherine Ratté | LiveWell Springfield, Jessica Collins | Wayfinders, Beatrice Dewberry | WalkBike Springfield, Betsy Johnson |
Keynote speaker 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.

2018 – Read about the winners 
Underground at Ink Block Team | MassDOT, National Development, Landing Studio, Street Theory, KP Strategies, Visual Dialogue, VHB
Laura Brelsford, Kathryn Quigley, Chris Hart, Melissa Dullea, Erik Scheier |  MBTA Plan for Accessible Transit Infrastructure (PATI) Project Team
Matt Lawlor & Hillary Borcherding | WalkBoston Board Members
Jeff Speck
 | Walkable City author, TED speaker

2017 – Read about the winners
Alison Pultinas | Persistent, effective Mission Hill/Roxbury citizen activist
Sarah Bankert, Healthy Hampshire | Rural walking advocate in Western Massachusetts
Caitlin Marquis, Healthy Hampshire | Rural walking advocate in Western Massachusetts
Dillon Sussman, Pioneer Valley Planning Commission | Rural walking advocate in Western Massachusetts
Michelle Wu, Boston City Council President

2016 – Read about the winners
Charlotte Fleetwood | City of Boston
Paul Malkemes, The Boston Project Ministries / Talbot-Norfolk Triangle Neighbors United & David Queeley, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation | Grassroots “Slow Zone” Pioneers
Maggie Sachs-Mahmood | Codman Academy

Tom DiPaolo | MassDOT
Bonnie Polin | MassDOT
City of Somerville – Mayor Joe Curtatone and Community Partners | Shape Up Somerville, Health Department: Erica Satin Hernandez; Department of Strategic Planning and Community Development: Michael F. Glavin; Hayes Morrison; Human Rights Commission: Sonja Darai; East Somerville Main Streets: Renee Polcaro; Union Square Main Streets: Suzanne Bremer; STEP (Somerville Transportation Equity Partnership): Ellin Reisner; Friends of the Community Path: Lynn Weissman, Alan Moore; Groundwork Somerville: Chris Mancini; School Committee, Adam Sweeting; School Department, Tony Pierantozzi; Friends of the Healey School

Sarah Freeman | Jamaica Plain walking advocate
Mayor Gary Christenson, Sharon Santillo & Frank Stella | Malden ped activists
Revere Walk to School Champions  |
Karin Valentine Goins  | WalkBike Worcester co-founder

City of Gloucester | Creatively getting Gloucester walking | Mayor Carolyn Kirk, Steve Winslow
Madison Park Development Corp. | Training Complete Streets advocates | Angela Kelly
The Barr Foundation  | Innovative and nurturing environmental funder | Mary Skelton Roberts

Dr. Regina Benjamin  | United States Surgeon General
Energize Everett  | Creatively getting Everett moving and eating well | Kathleen O’Brien
Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan Foundation   | Innovative funder and childhood obesity advocate | Karen Voci
Vicki Danberg  | Newton Alderman and sidewalk snow clearing champion
Joyce DiBona  | WalkBoston board member

Alan French  |  Bay Circuit Alliance 200-mile walking trail creator
Doug Johnson  |  Persistent and persuasive advocate
Brockton Public Schools  |  Schools, principles, kids, parents – a success story | Jane Feroli
Denise Provost  |  Somerville legislator and walking promoter

Polly Flansburgh | Founder of Boston By Foot
Jeff Rosenblum | President and Co-Founded of LiveableStreets
Mary Jane Williams | Leader, innovator, and pro-walking advocate
Myron Miller | Trustee of the progressive Herman and Frieda L. Miller Foundation

Four Corners Main Street | Creating a vital/walkable business district | Shelly Goehring
Liz Levin | Leader, advocate, inspiration
Lea Susan Ojamaa | MA Dept. of Public Health, healthy communities leader
Jim Rooney | MA Convention Center Authority, bringing walking to conventioneers

Paul Grogan | The Boston Foundation
Susan Bregman | WalkBoston volunteer webmaster
Nancy Caruso | North End and CA/T community activisit
Patrick Healy | Nutritionist, walking advocate, and leader
Uphams Corner Health Center | Walking Prescriptions Program


Joseph Curtatone | Mayor of Somerville
Bill Gasper | BU Medical Center
Paul Drew | Boston Medical Center
Rob Tuchmann | Artery Business Committee
Jorge Martinez | Project Right
Shape Up Somerville
Ken Krause 
| WalkBoston communications committee 

Ken Kruckemeyer | Transportation Strategist
Chris Hart | Adaptive Environments
Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center
South Cove Community Health Center
Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act (MEPA) Office

Thomas M. Menino 
| Mayor of Boston | Walk to the Democratic National Convention and city staff support of walking
Vineet Gupta | Boston Transportation Department | Rose Kennedy Greenway guidelines
John DeBenedictis | Boston Transportation Department | Boston’s walk light policy
Anne McHugh | Boston Public Health Commission | STEPS

Beth Larkin 
| HNTB Corporation
William “Buzz” Constable
City of Cambridge Health Department
Ann Hershfang 
| WalkBoston | Outgoing 15-year president

Matthew J. Amorello
 | Massachusetts Turnpike Authority Chairman
Karilyn Crockett | MYTOWN
Cathy Hill | Newburyport Schools
Jane Holtz Kay | Author
Massachusetts Highway Dept., CARAVAN for Commuters, National Park Service | Safe Routes to Schools funders
Betsy Boveroux | WalkBoston | Fundraising

Drs. JoAnn Manson & I-Min Lee 
| Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Jim Monahan | Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority
Pat Moscaritolo | Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau
Judy Wagner | WalkBoston | Strategic plan
Erik Scheier | WalkBoston

Project Place
 | Clean Corners, Bright Hopes
Peter Wallace | The Boston Globe | cartoonist – Harry Fig’s Neighborhood
Nina Garfinkle | WalkBoston | Graphic design
Bob Sloane | WalkBoston | Walking tours

Save the Old Northern Avenue Bridge Coalition 
| Mike Tyrell, Paul Farrell, Albert Rex, Sean McDonnell
Hyde Square Traffic Calming Coalition
Artery Business Committee 
| Rick Dimino
Anne Fanton | Central Artery Environmental Oversight Committee

The Bailey Family 
| George, Lucy, Leonie, Gus
Arnie Soolman | Central Transportation Planning Staff
Ken Dumas | WalkBoston | Cartography
John Casagrande | WalkBoston

Ronny Sydney and John Harris 
| Town of Brookline | Harvard Street traffic calming
Arlene Mattison | Friends of Leverett Pond
Salisbury Road/Corey Farm Neighborhood Association
Jon Seward
 | WalkBoston
Don Eunson | WalkBoston

State Representative Anne Paulsen
 | Pedestrian legislation and general support
Charles Bahne | WalkBoston
Sonia Hamel | Executive Office of Environmental Affairs | Founder, Golden Shoe inventor and major force in our early years

Dan Wasserman
 | The Boston Globe | editorial cartoons
Nelleen Knight | WalkBoston
Karla Karash | WalkBoston
Astrid Dodds | WalkBoston
City of Cambridge | Central Square Neighborhood Coalition and Central Square Business Association | George Metzger
Methunion Manor Corp. | Sidewalk snow removal

Bob O’Brien
 | Downtown North Association
The New England | Redesign of facades in Back Bay
Sheila Cheimetz | Massachusetts Avenue underpass
Thomas Lisco | Central Transportation Planning Staff
Sharon Tramer | WalkBoston

Edwin Sidman
 | The Beacon Companies | Post Office Square Park and Rowes Wharf
Susan Quateman | WalkBoston | Newsletter and Shawmut map creator
Stephen Falbel | WalkBoston | Newsletter writing and production

Malcolm Davis 
| WalkBoston
Howard Taub | WalkBoston

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority 
| Southwest Corridor Project
Ted Monacelli | Cambridge Redevelopment Authority and Monacelli Associates | Kendall Square
Laurel Siegel | WalkBoston

Dorothea Hass
 | WalkBoston | Advocacy and founding efforts
Ann Hershfang | WalkBoston | Advocacy and founding efforts