Standing on a little triangle of raised asphalt with around 30 other people at a WalkBoston and Livable Streets Alliance rally Tuesday morning, one became conscious that the only "protection" from the cars and trucks rushing by at over 35 mph was a bit of paint on the pavement. The rally was held where the on ramp for the Massachusetts Turnpike peels off from Cambridge Street. There's a stop for the 64 bus from Oak Square to Kendall Square and a 26 year-old man, whose name has not been released, was hit and killed crossing the Pike entrance trying to get to it on July 17.
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“Because we’re a state that had a lot of development in colonial and post-colonial times, cities and towns grew up around walkable, higher density town centers,” said Wendy Landman, senior project manager at Walk Boston. “In some cases, these cores lost a lot of people, but they didn’t lose their framework. Now, they are ripe for being reinvigorated.”
A new report released by an urban planning group found the Greater Boston region to be the safest in the country.
The report, released by the group Smart Growth America, contends that the street design of many Boston roads and places has drastically reduced the number of pedestrian deaths in the area while improving the experience of walking.
Smart Growth America calculated that Boston's pedestrian danger index was the lowest in the country, effectively ranking Boston ahead of other northeast urban centers like New York and Washington, D.C.
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The, uh, quirky design of our city streets here in Boston elicits a lot of complaints from a lot of groups: tourists trying to find their way around, drivers who don’t want to share the road with cyclists, cyclists who want things like protected bike lanes, etc. But the city of paved cow paths is good for one group: pedestrians.
People may not consider Boston one of the most pedestrian-friendly cities in the country, and for good reason. The streets are narrow, windy and difficult to navigate via any means of transportation. The drivers have something of a spotty reputation, and some people will do anything to avoid public transportation. A new study, though, alludes that these actually work in Boston's favor, and make it one of the best cities for walking.