The Boston metro area is the safest place in the country for pedestrians, according to a report out Tuesday from the advocacy group Smart Growth America.
Among the 51 largest U.S. metropolitan areas, the Boston region — which stretches from Quincy to southern New Hampshire — had the lowest number of pedestrian deaths relative to the number of people who walk to work.
The report says there were 476 pedestrian fatalities between 2003 and 2012. WalkBoston, an organization that aims to make walking safer and easier in Massachusetts, says that while the region is ranked No.
QUINCY – A dozen communities with high rates of car accidents involving pedestrians and bicyclists are getting federal funding for a new safety campaign.
“It’s really exciting that Massachusetts is doing this,” said Wendy Landman, executive director of WalkBoston, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving pedestrian conditions throughout the state.
A new program announced this week by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation seeks to raise awareness about bike and pedestrian safety in 12 Massachusetts towns by training police in laws related to cyclists and those on foot. That training will help them regulate commuters of all modes who violate the rules of the road.
In an effort to reduce the number of accidents involving bikers and pedestrians, the Massachusetts Department of Transportation is launching a new safety awareness and enforcement program. The Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Awareness and Enforcement Program will provide $461,851 in federal highway safety funding, which will support partnerships with local officials, police departments, MassBike and WalkBoston. These funds will go to getting police officers more involved in pedestrian and bicycle issues and an awareness campaign.