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Improving Snow and Ice Clearance to promote Age-Friendly Walking in the Berkshires

Improving Snow and Ice Clearance to promote Age-Friendly Walking in the Berkshires

Snow and ice present challenges to walkers. Cleared sidewalks are critical for people to access everyday goods and services, and are particularly vital to seniors. Icy sidewalks and snow-piled curb ramps can further isolate seniors in the winter months. As part of our Age-Friendly Walking initiative, WalkBoston is working with communities across the Commonwealth to improve their sidewalk snow and ice clearance to improve year-round walking conditions for people of all ages.

WalkBoston worked the Dalton Traffic Commission chairman and Dalton Council on Aging Director to identify priority sidewalks for snow and ice clearance that would help connect older adults walking from senior housing complexes to the Dalton Council on Aging in winter months. We are excited to work with towns like Dalton to set priorities for sidewalk snow clearance that identify the most critical sidewalks – such as those near schools, transit stations or senior centers – to ensure that enforcement and public snow clearance are focused on the most important locations.

For more information about how cities and towns can improve sidewalk snow and ice clearance see WalkBoston’s Keep it Clear snow clearance report.

 

 

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.

Age-Friendly Walking in Quincy

Age-Friendly Walking in Quincy

WalkBoston is partnering with Community Health Network Area 20 (CHNA 20) and the City of Quincy as part of WalkBoston’s three-year initiative to promote Age-Friendly Walking across the Commonwealth. With funding provided by the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, WalkBoston is working with communities to encourage built environment changes and promote policies that will support safe, comfortable walking for people of all ages. We are partnering with Quincy city officials and CHNA 20 leaders to conduct a series of walk audits that will inform Quincy’s Age-Friendly City needs assessment and action plan. We are excited to be supporting walkability as part the Age-Friendly Cities movement in Massachusetts and look forward to working in Quincy.

Austin St Pop-up and Safe Access to Parks

Austin St Pop-up and Safe Access to Parks

On Wednesday, July 17, 2019, WalkBoston joined many departments from the City of Boston for a Sidewalk Series/Austin St Pop-up in Thompson Square in Charlestown. 

Safe access to parks is an important part of creating a safe and walkable neighborhood. We encouraged attendees to add a green sticker to a map for places that felt safe for pedestrians, and a red sticker for areas that needed improvement. Many people then explained why it didn’t feel safe, and how they would fix things to make it better. We also heard great ideas about this section of Austin Street being something other than an extra slip lane for vehicles, all because it was opened up for a few hours to help people see the possibilities. We’ll be sharing all of the feedback we received with the city.

Thank you to the Age Strong Commission, New Urban Mechanics, Office of Neighborhood Services & Public Works for asking us to participate & making the day a success – and thanks to everyone that stopped by at the pop-up and shared your feedback (or just played with the bubble machine for a while)!

Age-Friendly Walking in the Berkshires

Age-Friendly Walking in the Berkshires

 

This week, we headed west to the Berkshires! We shared Age-Friendly walking presentations in Cheshire and Great Barrington as part a grant from the Tufts Health Plan Foundation to expand our Age-Friendly efforts across the commonwealth. Thank you to representatives from Councils on Aging in Adams, Dalton, Egremont, Pittsfield, and Williamstown for participating, and thank you to Age Friendly Berkshires and Be Well Berkshires for helping spread the word. We look forward to working together more in the coming months.