Tag: pedestrian safety

Pedestrian Safety Discussion in Randolph

Pedestrian Safety Discussion in Randolph

On September 25, 2018, WalkBoston and municipal staff from the Town of Randolph met to discuss pedestrian safety in Randolph as part of the EOPSS Pedestrian Safety Planning Initiative. The main concerns expressed in our discussion included safety at specific locations/corridors, pedestrian safety at bus stops, and the safety of school children (particularly high school students) walking, biking and riding transit to school.

Read the meeting notes here:

WalkBoston-RandolphMtgReport

Dennison Crossing Walk Audit – Framingham, MA

Dennison Crossing Walk Audit – Framingham, MA

On Thursday, September 13, 2018, WalkBoston conducted a walk audit at Dennison Crossing in Framingham as part of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s (EOPSS) Pedestrian Safety Planning Initiative for High-Fatality Communities. The EOPSS Pedestrian Safety Planning Initiative builds municipal staff understanding and awareness of the components of a safe walking environment. WalkBoston is working in partnership with EOPSS to address walking safety concerns in Massachusetts communities with high pedestrian crash rates, with the goal of reducing pedestrian fatalities and serious injuries in the Commonwealth. According to data provided to WalkBoston by EOPSS, Framingham has seen 3 pedestrian fatalities and 128 serious pedestrian injury crashes between 2012 – 2017.

Read the full report here:

WalkBoston-DennisonCrossing-Final

Barnstable Route 132 Walk Audit

Barnstable Route 132 Walk Audit

On Thursday, August 9, 2018, WalkBoston conducted a walk audit along Route 132 in Hyannis (a village in the Town of Barnstable) as part of the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security’s (EOPSS) Pedestrian Safety Planning Initiative for High-Fatality Communities. According to pedestrian crash data provided to WalkBoston from EOPSS, there have been 3 pedestrian fatalities and 122 pedestrian injuries in Barnstable between 2012-2017. These data qualified Barnstable for this initiative. The EOPSS Pedestrian Safety Planning Initiative builds municipal staff understanding and awareness of the components of a safe walking environment.

Read the full report here:

WalkBoston-WalkAudit-Route132-Final

Still waiting in Framingham

Still waiting in Framingham

WalkBoston conducted a walk audit yesterday at Dennison Crossing in Framingham where we waited over 5 minutes for a WALK signal at one of the crosswalks. Whether due to signal preemption or a faulty signal, participants experienced firsthand how long it takes to walk about 500 feet (over 10 minutes!).

Thanks to representatives from the Framingham Dept. of Public Works and Dept. of Community and Economic Development, Downtown Framingham Inc, MetroWest Regional Transit Authority (MWRTA), South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC), and the Council on Aging for their patience as we followed the rules and waited for the WALK signal (at least most of the time) on this EOPSS-funded walk audit in this growing area of Framingham.

The Third Session of Streets for People in Lowell

The Third Session of Streets for People in Lowell

WalkBoston conducted its third Streets for People training session in Lowell with the Coalition for a Better Acre and Acre neighborhood residents on Thursday, July 31. City Transportation staff joined us and presented three street-redesign projects near our study area in the Acre neighborhood that will make walking safer. The designs include enhanced crosswalks, dedicated green buffers for sidewalks, and pedestrian signals. It was great to hear about the City’s commitment to walkability and interest in resident concerns regarding safer streets. The group then visited the two most dangerous intersections based on WalkBoston’s pedestrian crash data analysis, and measured vehicle speed and pedestrian signal timing. We already came up with recommendations that the City will consider. We look forward to continuing our conversations with the City as our training program continues. Streets for People is funded by the Cummings Foundation.

A group of participants measuring the pedestrian signal timing