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  • Lead a Jane's Walk this May

    Jane’s Walk is a movement of free, locally organized walking tours, in which people get together to explore, talk about and celebrate their neighborhoods. Where more traditional tours are a bit like walking lectures, a Jane’s Walk is more of a walking conversation. Leaders share their knowledge, but also encourage discussion and participation among the walkers. Jane’s Walk is happening the first weekend of May (5th-6th-7th). Last year, 1,000+ walks happened all over the globe. You should lead one! read more
  • Transit-Walkability Collaborative Established

    America Walks announced today the formation of the Transit-Walkability Collaborative, whose purpose is to expand safe, healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities by harnessing the synergy between walkability and quality public transit service. The Transit-Walkability Collaborative consists of national, state-level, and local leaders in the walkability and public transit advocacy movements who recognize the synergies between these two transportation modes and the benefits of collaboration. read more
  • WalkBoston in BostInno

    Communications Manager Brendan Kearney wrote a post for BostInno about pilot projects: "Let’s not be afraid to try out new solutions on our streets, which may just be new to us, of course; many cities around the United States have been trying out pilot projects to improve transportation. The goal shouldn’t be innovation for innovation’s sake, but to find ways to make our cities a better place for more people to work, live and play – no matter how they are getting around." read more
  • Ann Hershfang

    WalkBoston board member (and co-founder) featured in Commonwealth Magazine

    "Gov. Sargent first took a hammer to the glass ceiling when he appointed Ann Hershfang to the Port Authority board in 1974. Hershfang, who became the first woman appointed to a Massachusetts authority board, was a leader in the League of Women Voters and a community activist committed to progressive mobility policies. She was smart and soft-spoken, with a steely determination to advance causes and policies that she believed in." read more
  • Walk…Don’t Walk: Pedestrian Safety Awareness for MA Law Enforcement

    Screening for the first time at MassDOT's Moving Together 2016 conference is our video "Walk…Don’t Walk: Pedestrian Safety Awareness for MA Law Enforcement." This project is a collaboration between the Boston Police Academy's E-Learning Team, MassDOT, WalkBoston, and other public agencies from across Massachusetts. read more
  • Ped101 - Learn how to advocate for change in your own community

    In 2016, WalkBoston is rolling out free, beginner advocacy trainings called "Ped 101" - and we'd love you to come! Sessions are small group conversation over lunch or drinks and are hosted in our conference room - so please make sure to sign up in advance! This session is helpful if you're interested in learning about: walkability, urbanism & the associated lingo (what's a "tight turning radius"?), making neighborhoods safer for people walking & running, how you can advocate for change in your own community - and more! read more
  • Report: Strategies for improving pedestrian safety through walkable campus design

    Final report issued April 2016: Walking rarely enters the conversation when new schools are planned. In fact, the regulatory and approval processes focus on facilitating bus and automobile access to schools, and ensuring that there is sufficient parking. Public meetings are usually dominated by those who complain about traffic volumes or inadequate parking – not by those who seek a safe walking route to school. It happens in wealthy communities and low-income communities alike. In most cases, it’s not that drivers are given priority over walkers, it’s that nobody is thinking about walking. And that needs to change. read more
  • WalkBoston Supports Surgeon General’s Call To Action on Walking

    “We are thrilled that the Surgeon General is calling attention to the importance of walking and walkability to the health and well-being of Americans. We look forward to using the Call to Action as a stepping stone to making Massachusetts a safer, more convenient and more attractive place to walk,” said Wendy Landman, Executive Director of WalkBoston, Massachusetts' leading pedestrian advocacy organization. read more
  • Report: Strategies for improving pedestrian safety through low-cost traffic calming

    Low cost fixes to calm traffic and enhance safety on municipal streets and state roads can be a great place to start, as they are likely to be adopted and completed sooner than more expensive projects, and can serve as catalysts for long-term change. read more
  • The positive impact we have in communities is due to your support!

    Your contributions throughout the years have helped WalkBoston expand our programs to over 103 communities in order to meet the growing demand for safe and attractive walking conditions across the Commonwealth. Learn more about what we're planning! read more
  • MassDOT Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Program

    MassDOT has recently launched a multi-disciplined project to improve pedestrian and bicyclist safety in Massachusetts (April/May 2014). While fatalities and incapacitating injuries among motorists have been decreasing in Massachusetts over the past few years, pedestrian and bicycle crashes have not followed this trend. Through MassDOT, the Massachusetts Dept of Public Health, WalkBoston and MassBike are assisting in the development and implementation of this critical pedestrian and bicyclist safety strategy aimed at achieving the Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) goal of reducing fatalities and injuries among bicyclists and pedestrians by 20% in the next 5 years. read more
  • Walk Your Way To Health

    Regular activity, like walking, is hard to beat when it comes to keeping yourself healthy. It lowers the risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, arthritis and osteoporosis, helps keep weight in check and boosts your mood. As the first and most fundamental form of transportation and physical activity, walking is fun and easy for people of every age, income, or ability. At WalkBoston, we’re dedicated to promoting walking for health, transportation, and recreation in all cities across Massachusetts. read more
  • Good walking good business

    Good Walking Is Good Business

    WalkBoston is spreading the message to cities and towns that for businesses, supporting improved walking conditions is a sound but sometimes overlooked investment. Dollar for dollar, the returns are impressive; from more customers to healthier, more productive employees. read more
  • WalkBoston rally

    Making Massachusetts more walkable.

    WalkBoston makes walking safer and easier to encourage better health, a cleaner environment and vibrant communities. We advocate for policies that produce walking friendly environments, with special emphasis on providing for those who depend on walking the most – children, seniors, people with disabilities, and transit riders. read more
  • Safe Routes To School kid

    Safe Routes to School

    WalkBoston has worked to successfully to develop lasting Safe Routes to School (SRTS) programs that increase walking and engage students, teachers, parents and community members. Starting in 2012, WalkBoston embarked upon a multi-year SRTS effort in three Massachusetts cities to implement SRTS programs that benefit student health and benefit the environment with the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) over time. read more