The event was organized by Emmy Hahn from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and Alice Boyd of Bailey Boyd associates. The panel included Dennis town planner Dan Fortier, Oak Bluffs SSA terminal architect and urban planner Steven Cecil; Wendy Landman, the executive director of WalkBoston; Elizabeth Worthbain, executive director of the Hyannis Business Improvement District; and David Colombo, president of the Hyannis Main Street Business Improvement District.
The WalkBoston annual celebration is held to celebrate our achievements and to recognize the contributions from our board members, individual and corporate members, and supporters. The festive gathering provides an opportunity for walkers to mingle with the leaders in pedestrian advocacy, while the formal program includes remarks from the WalkBoston Executive Director followed by a featured guest speaker. The presentation of Golden Shoe Awards is an integral part of the annual meeting.
Despite their name, WalkBoston is not limited to Massachusetts’ biggest metropolis. The organization’s work extends to communities throughout the state, permeates state policy, and influences the national walking movement. At the community level, WalkBoston advocates work with public officials across Massachusetts to evaluate the walking environment, improve walking conditions, and engage local residents in walking.
Walking advocacy carries its own set of needs around communications and marketing. What works for messaging bike-friendliness may not work for messaging walkability. From touting vibrant main streets to elevating the health benefits of regular exercise, a unique set of messages can be best for effective walking advocacy.
On a recent Alliance Mutual Aid Call, leading walking advocates discussed their hardest-learned lessons about effective messages to communicate the urgent need to boost walkability (Lisa Quinn - Feet First, Tony Dang - California Walks, Brendan Kearney - WalkBoston).
SUNDAY’S WONDERFUL big ideas for our “new new Boston,” whether a rejuvenated night life, 21st-century bus service, third-graders ready for learning, or a new mecca for art, will all be better with one key ingredient: walking.
A great walking environment is the secret sauce.
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).
Boston Parks Commissioner Antonia M. Pollak hosts an open space panel and discussion entitled “The Future We Want – Exploring Uses and Values of Public Open Space in Boston” on Wednesday, Nov. 13, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Commonwealth Room at the Boston Public Library Central Library in Copley Square.