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About Walking  Laws, factoids, quotes, and reasons to walk.

Driver Complaint Form  This Registry of Motor Vehicles form can be used to report drivers who are improperly operating their vehicles (going through ped crossings, mowing you down, etc.

Good Walking is Good Business  Data, statistics, and reasons why an investment to improve the walking conditions around your place of business is a good business investment.

This toolkit is intended to provide guidance to the individual who will plan and lead pedestirian safety training at a school. For most communities, walking as a way to get to and from places has become less frequent, while vehicle travel has increased. This means that many children may not have a lot of walking experience or have not learned walking safety lessons at home.

Implementing Pedestrian Wayfinding Systems in Massachusetts  One potential strategy to increase everyday walking is the installation of wayfinding signs, which can give local residents clear information about walking routes and walking times to get to and from key destinations. With funding from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH), WalkBoston has now worked with seven communities to create systems of wayfinding signage, in efforts to advance our common goals of shifting towards non-vehicular modes of travel and promoting physical activity. Snapshot of work to date and follow up evaluations (June 2017).

Intersection Form This form provides a diagram and space to record observations and recommendations about a four-way intersection, often a perilous location for walkers.

Join Us  Our Individual membership brochure: Who we are, what we do, why we do it, how we can help. Includes membership application listing the various individual levels of support and benefits.

Low Cost Pedestrian Improvements  Pedestrian Infrastructure: Strategies for improving pedestrian safety through low-cost traffic calming. August 2015. Prepared for Mass in Motion, an initiative of the MA Department of Public Health.

Making A More Walkable Community  This brochure includes: (1) Tips for quick (relatively speaking) fixes for crosswalks, WALK signals, sidewalks and streets; (2) Other basic tools for creating safe streets, intersections, and great sidewalks; and (3) Guidelines for program implementation.

Making Streets Safe  This brochure includes: (1) Policies and overall guidelines to facilitate safer streets; (2) Other techniques for creating safer streets and intersections; and (3) Massachusetts Governor's Highway Safety Bureau programs to increase safety.

MAPC Planning - Speed Limits & Safety Zones  Fall 2016 Guidance from MAPC on the newly signed Municipal Modernization Bill. The Municipal Modernization Act amends Chapter 90 of the Massachusetts General Laws to allow municipalities to reduce speed limits on specified roadways in the interest of public safety.

Public Participation [walk-by visioning] and [one-on-one merchant interviews]  WalkBoston received a grant from the Federal Transit Administration in 2009 to explore ways to find new tools to increase the number and diversity of people and merchants participating in community planning. This research developed anew method of public participation we call Walk-by visioning, as well as use of one-on-one merchant interviews. 

Reporting Form  This form is designed to make it easier to report your observations to local government officials and advocate for improvements.

Rural Walking ToolKit  WalkBoston, sponsored by the state Department of Public Health, has been challenged to explore the possibility of improving walking conditions for residents of the state's rural or semi-rural areas. (more info about this toolkit).

Safe Routes to School Toolkit for Communities  A how-to manual about starting a local walk to school program in your community.

Simple Fixes for Walkable Streets  Communities can make real change to the safety and quality of their streets without spending a lot of money. Featured here are nearly two dozen proven low-cost ways to create safe, dynamic, accessible spaces for all people who use them - and many require only some paint. Each tool falls in one of four categories: create relationships, paint with a purpose, add signs or make streets lively. These solutions help create clear and safer behaviors for everyone. 

If you're interested in learning more info, check out the report that helped shape this brochure: 
"Pedestrian Infrastructure: Strategies for improving pedestrian safety through low-cost traffic calming"

Walk Audit Example - Gardner, MA  Downtown Gardner Walk Audit Workshop, December 2013.

Walk Audit Example - Springfield, MA - Rebecca Johnson Elementary School Walk Audit, Springfield, MA, March 4, 2015

Walk Audit Form  Makes it easy to identify and note issues or problems with sidewalks, intersections, signals and crosswalks, then bring them to the attention of your public works or transportation department

"Walk to school? But how do I find the front door?" Strategies for improving pedestrian safety through walkable campus design. Final report issued April 2016. Prepared for Mass in Motion, an initiative of the MA Department of Public Health.

Walk Your Way to Health  'walking is the closest thing to a magic bullet for health.' Learn how walking lowers your risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes, stroke, arthritis and more.

WalkBoston 2016 Annual Report  Our 2016 Annual Report, as prepared for 27th Annual Celebration (March 29th, 2017).

Walking for Health & the Environment Curriculum.  This curriculum was created for Massachusetts teachers who want to help children learn about the connections between walking, health, and environmental quality, whether or not their school is operating a walk-to-school pro- gram. The curriculum consists of fifteen hands-on, easy-to-implement lesson plans for Grades K-5. Each lesson meets Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks standards. The lessons typically meet several Curriculum Frameworks standards concurrently, such as Science, Math, Social Science, and Comprehensive Health.

We Connect People To Walking  Since 1990 when WalkBoston became the first pedestrian advocacy group in the country, people have looked to us to lead the way on walkability issues in Massachusetts and nationally. Here is a look at WalkBoston's work "by the numbers."


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WalkBoston: Walking Tours of Boston's Unique Neighborhoods  A book of 30 urban walking tours created by WalkBoston members, in and around Boston. Detailed maps, directions and transit connections. Published with the Appalachian Mountain Club. Also available on or in local bookstores.

Price: $17