New England Transportation Conference - Turning the Corner: Celebrating TDM Successes

This year’s conference will feature presentations by professionals from a wide range of organizations that are embracing multiple forms of successful commuter initiatives. Special guests will include: State Sen. John Keenan, Zipcar President and COO Mark Norman, and Boston Bikes Director Nicole Freedman.

Belchertown group eyes pedestrian access in town

BELCHERTOWN – Participants at a workshop Thursday about improving the Belchertown walk experience recommended more sidewalks and better markings at existing crosswalks. Specific recommendations included refreshing the paint at crosswalks and extending the sidewalk beyond Chestnut Hill school to the courthouse.

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.

Newton Center pedestrians feel less safe

Dorothea Hass, senior project manager for the pedestrian advocacy group, Walk Boston, said that her group often supports concurrent signalization because it shortens the pedestrian wait for traffic, but never at the expense of safety. “I think this intersection is unsafe and the [designer’s] primary concern has been vehicular movement,” said Hass. “I’m shocked that they haven’t given more consideration to pedestrian safety.”

Packed transportation forum touches on the T, parking, and ‘cycle tracks’

Who knew transportation fanatics could pack a house? At a Tuesday night candidate forum at Boston Public Library on transportation and livable streets, more than 450 people filled an auditorium — and more were turned away from the overflow room — to watch eight of the race’s 12 candidates spar on issues ranging from the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, minimum parking requirements, Seaport District traffic, speed limits, bus lanes, the state’s transportation finance plan, and, of course, the oft-discussed separated bike facility known as the “cycle track” — perhaps the most popul

Beachmont Urban Trail Opening

Help celebrate the opening of the Beachmont Urban Trail. The Beachmont Improvement Committee recently established the 2-mile “urban walking trail,” a designated route along city sidewalks — some of which run along Short Beach — that is marked with signs and painted footprints. Next Saturday the group is holding an official kick-off ceremony for the trail at 10 a.m. outside the Beachmont School, 15 Everard Ave.

Guided Walking Tour - Markey Footbridge & Plaza, Revere

Guided Walking Tour of the new Christina and John Markey Memorial Pedestrian Bridge & Plaza, Revere, MA.

We'll start at the Revere Beach Station at 5pm, walk along the beachfront and end at the bridge/Wonderland Station. 
Tour will be led by Miguel Rosales, the lead Bridge Architect & President of Rosales + Partners.

Building Boston

This week, You Are Here explores the city of Boston with an eye on development. Between 1630 and 1880, the city of Boston tripled in size. Its location, prime territory on a harbor, allowed it to attract trade, immigrants and resources. It used these resources to establish itself as a port town, a trading center. From there, it went on to be one of the nation’s industrial hubs. And from there- to a college town, with districts known for the arts and sciences. The city has never really stopped growing.

Summer Fellows Present Research on Union Square

Presentation on Urban Design Strategies for Union Square
Thursday, August 15, 2013
6 pm
Union Square Main Streets, 66-70 Union Square

Walking the Walk: How Walkability Raises Home Values in U.S. Cities

More than just a pleasant amenity, the walkability of cities translates directly into increases in home values. Homes located in more walkable neighborhoods—those with a mix of common daily shopping and social destinations within a short distance—command a price premium over otherwise similar homes in less walkable areas.

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