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Age-Friendly Walking in your community: WalkBoston guidance for taking action

Age-Friendly Walking in your community: WalkBoston guidance for taking action

Age-Friendly Walking is a framework for planning and building cities and towns that are walkable for people of all ages. Walkability is key to ensuring that older adults can age in community, access goods and services, and maintain physical, mental, and social health.

To guide Age-Friendly Walking efforts for communities across Massachusetts, WalkBoston has developed a list of 8 policy actions and 8 infrastructure improvements that will help make communities more walkable. We hope these guidance documents can assist residents and municipal staff to take actions that will create accessible sidewalks and streets that are safe and welcoming for people of all ages.

If you would like to learn more about how WalkBoston can support Age-Friendly Walking in your community please email us at agefriendly@walkboston.org

These guidance documents can be downloaded here:
8 Age-Friendly Policy Actions
8 Age-Friendly Infrastructure Improvements

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

 

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.

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.

Transportation and Mobility Guide from Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative and MassMobility

Transportation and Mobility Guide from Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative and MassMobility

The Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative and MassMobility are partnering to help municipalities and organizations overcome transportation barriers – starting by recognizing the creative and effective work already underway in communities across the Commonwealth.

A goal of the Healthy Aging Collaborative is to help connect communities and stakeholders to resources, information, and funding opportunities that can help them become more Age- and Dementia Friendly. MassMobility is one of the many MHAC partners that provides incredible expertise and information for Age-Friendly communities looking to improve transportation and mobility options.

Check out this Transportation and Mobility Guide for examples of replicable and resourceful approaches underway in rural, suburban, and urban areas of Massachusetts, as well as tools and resources for enhancing local mobility and integrating dementia-friendly transportation into your community. WalkBoston is featured in the guide as a resource for those who are interested in Age-Friendly Walking in their communities.