Tag: Roxbury

South End Patch – “Pedestrian Killed In Crash On Mass Ave Connector, Prompts Delays

South End Patch – “Pedestrian Killed In Crash On Mass Ave Connector, Prompts Delays

South End Patch: “Pedestrian Killed In Crash On Mass Ave Connector, Prompts Delays

“There are multiple jurisdictions at this intersection, which complicates Boston being able to do something to fix it,” said Brendan Kearney communication director at WalkBoston.

And that’s a problem all across the state. Some of the most dangerous intersections are not actually controlled by the local jurisdiction, he said.

Although MassDOT gives Complete Streets funding for communities to make fixes to problem areas within their communities, and more than 200 communities have come up with plans on how to improve roadways, that money can’t go toward fixing areas under MassDOT or DCR jurisdiction.

“It’s not like MassDOT or DCR doesn’t make changes, they do,” said Kearney. “But the question is how can they do it quicker and not have to wait for a fatal crash to get it done?”

June 24, 2019

Event: Roxbury Safe Streets for Kids: What if streets were designed with children as the focus? 

Event: Roxbury Safe Streets for Kids: What if streets were designed with children as the focus? 

Roxbury Safe Streets for Kids:
What if streets were designed with children as the focus? 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 6:30-8PM
Crispus Attucks Children’s Center, 105 Crawford St, Dorchester, MA

Join the Roxbury Slow Streets-Safe Schools Coalition to learn how to make streets more walkable and friendly for children walking to school. Presentation by Northeastern University Civil Engineering Capstone as they help to mitigate safety concerns around walkability in the Garrison Trotter Neighborhood focusing on Safe Routes to Schools. Schools included: Ellis, Higginson, Higginson-Lewis, Trotter, BLA, Bridge Boston & Crispus Attucks Children’s Center. Comments, question and answer session will follow.

Download a flyer

Light snacks & refreshments provided. Questions, please contact:

#PutABradyOnIt links

#PutABradyOnIt links

We list all media clips on our website, but on this post we consolidated some of the media coverage this particular project received. Please let us know if we missed any others that you’ve seen and we can try and keep this current.


Teacher Sam Balto added a photo of Tom Brady to an in-street pedestrian sign that kept getting hit outside a school in Roxbury. Would drivers on Walnut Ave slow down in respect to beloved Patriots QB more than the normal school zone “yield to pedestrian” sign? First covered by Steve Annear in the Boston Globe, the photos and story of a teacher trying to improve safety on the street for students and family walking or biking to school took off! The story was picked up quickly by other local outlets, and then by the Associated Press and United Press International – and even the New England Patriots! Thanks in part to this effort, the City of Boston is now looking at making improvements to Walnut Avenue.

From the Boston Globe article, Teacher uses Tom Brady cutouts to get cars to slow down in school zone:

Balto launched the experiment on Walnut Avenue with the help of Brendan Kearney, a spokesman for WalkBoston, an advocacy group that works to make streets safer for pedestrians around the city.

“People really fly down Walnut Avenue or use it as a cut through, and that’s not right on any neighborhood street — let alone one with so many kids walking down it,” said Kearney. “I’m glad Sam has taken this step. He’s looking at a way to call attention to the crosswalk. . . . If Tom Brady can make that happen it’s great.”

NECN / NBC Boston: This Famous Face was attached to a sign to battle speeding

CBS WBZ: ‘Cars Will Have To Slow Down For Him’: Teacher Uses Tom Brady Face On Crosswalk Signs 

WBZ / iheartradio: Teacher Puts Tom Brady Photo on Crossing Walk Sign 

WCVB: Teacher uses Tom Brady’s famous face to slow down drivers

Universalhub: No Bostonian would sack Tom Brady, right?

ESPN: Tom Brady photos help slow down drivers in Boston school zone

Boston Herald: Tom Brady photos slow down drivers in school zone 

Associated Press: Tom Brady photos slow down drivers in school zone 

Fox News: Tom Brady photos slow down drivers in school zone 

Boston.com: Teacher uses Tom Brady photos to slow down drivers in school zone 

UPI: Boston teacher seeks to deter speeders with Tom Brady photo

Sports Illustrated: A Massachusetts Teacher Used a Picture of Tom Brady to Get Cars to Slow Down

Patriots.com: Before crossing the street: Stop, look, Tom Brady 

USA Today – For the Win: Brilliant teacher uses Tom Brady’s beautiful face to slow down school traffic


DailyMail: ‘He is so good looking. Cars will have to slow down for him’: Teacher puts Tom Brady’s face on pedestrian crossing signs to stop speeding outside Boston elementary school 

ESPN Radio: Golic & Wingo radio show 

Boston 25 News: #PutABradyOnIt: Organization uses Tom Brady’s face on yield signs to slow drivers down 

WDJX: Teacher Uses Tom Brady To Get People To Slow Down

ACQ5: Boston teacher seeks to deter speeders with Tom Brady photo

Newsline: Boston teacher seeks to deter speeders with Tom Brady photo

Safety Sign dot com: Don’t Sack the Sign 

Off the Monster Sports: Local School Puts Picture of Tom Brady on Crosswalk to Slow Down Drivers 

International Business Times: Boston Teacher Uses Tom Brady’s Face To Slow Cars For His Students

Crosswalk Crisis: Dangerous Intersections in Boston

Crosswalk Crisis: Dangerous Intersections in Boston

NBC10 Boston: “Crosswalk Crisis: Dangerous Intersections in Boston

Two Boston high school students were hit by a car as they crossed the street at the intersection of Tremont Street and Malcolm X Boulevard in Roxbury on Tuesday. Safety advocates say the intersection is a hazard and that changes need to be made to make sure tragedy doesn’t happen again. NBC10 Boston Investigator Ally Donnelly has been tracking dangerous intersections across the city for months. She discovered there were at least 772 pedestrian crashes throughout the city last year, 12 of which were fatal. That number was down from the year before after the city lowered the speed limit, and installed bike lanes, speed bumps and lights in some neighborhoods, but even the mayor has admitted more needs to be done. Ally Donnelly has more.

Posted February 13, 2018

Ellis School Walk Audit

Ellis School Walk Audit

The Ellis School is concerned about the safety of children walking to school. Students at the Ellis are encouraged to walk to school through Walking School Buses and events such as Walk-to-School Day. However, WalkBoston observed that cross- ing the streets, especially Walnut Avenue, where drivers regularly go 35 mph and over, is unsafe for children. This Walk Audit recommends street changes to slow traffic.

Read the full report here: