The New Bedford walk was led by WalkBoston, along with the United Way of Greater New Bedford. Their South End Engaged initiative included 40 stakeholders whose efforts were guided by the vision statement: “All residents of the South End of New Bedford are safe, healthy, and have the knowledge and skills to thrive.”
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.
Witnesses say the suspect, a woman, tried to leave the scene of the crash, according to Brendan Kearney, communications director for the nonprofit advocacy group WalkBoston, who rushed over to the intersection when he saw reports about it on Twitter.
He didn’t see it himself, he says, but witnesses told him a crowd of people, including a man in a Minuteman costume, helped subdue the driver and came to the aid of the victims.
“It’s scary. I’m still a little stunned that something like this can happen,” Kearney says. “It happened at, like, noon.
At least 13 people have died in traffic crashes this year, said Brendan Kearney, spokesman for the pedestrian advocacy organization WalkBoston. Last year, there were 23 fatalities, according to data on the Vision Zero website.
Kearney said the city needs to devote more funding for improvements and hire additional staff to make them happen.
“They have a great staff right now,’’ he said. “But they don’t have the capacity to tackle all of the needs.”