In 2016, WalkBoston is rolling out free, beginner pedestrian advocacy trainings we’ve titled "Ped 101,” and we'd love you to come! Our goal is to help build the constituency of people that are comfortable to speak up for walking in their own community.
Ultimately, Kearney says that extending the Community Path and making the city safer for runners and pedestrians actually makes this a better, safer place for all of Somerville’s residents—whether or not they’ve ever strapped on a pair of running shoes.
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I spoke with Thompson and Kearney at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and Beacon Street, a notoriously dangerous spot. A young surgeon was killed on a bicycle here last year when a truck turned into her. The city made some quick changes like placing flexible posts in the ground to mark off the bike lane.
Submitted by WalkBoston on Thu, 01/14/2016 - 3:48pm
In 2016, WalkBoston is rolling out free, beginner advocacy trainings called "Ped 101" - and we'd love you to come! Sessions are small group conversation over lunch or drinks and are hosted in our conference room - so please make sure to sign up in advance! This session is helpful if you're interested in learning about: walkability, urbanism & the associated lingo (what's a "tight turning radius"?), making neighborhoods safer for people walking & running, how you can advocate for change in your own community - and more!
With so many users sharing the roads in the dark, drivers and exercisers can each be tempted to blame the other. Like the vision scientists, Brendan Kearney, communications manager for the nonprofit WalkBoston, takes no sides, but he offers practical advice to runners as they leave the relative safety of sidewalks.
“Just make sure as you approach the crosswalk that you see that [drivers] acknowledge you have the right of way,” he said. “You have much more to lose than the cars. They have airbags and you don’t.”
Submitted by WalkBoston on Tue, 10/27/2015 - 7:07pm
Final report issued April 2016: Walking rarely enters the conversation when new schools are planned. In fact, the regulatory and approval processes focus on facilitating bus and automobile access to schools, and ensuring that there is sufficient parking. Public meetings are usually dominated by those who complain about traffic volumes or inadequate parking – not by those who seek a safe walking route to school. It happens in wealthy communities and low-income communities alike. In most cases, it’s not that drivers are given priority over walkers, it’s that nobody is thinking about walking.
"Walk to school? But how do I find the front door?" Strategies for improving pedestrian safety through walkable campus design. Final report issued April 2016. Prepared for Mass in Motion, an initiative of the MA Department of Public Health.