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.
Join us for our annual Fall Walking Tour held in cooperation with the Old Schwamb Mill. We will tour the Arlington Heights Business District and “Little Scotland”, which gets its name from the fact that nearly all the streets in the subdivision are named for places in Scotland. The walk will led by noted local historian Edward W. Gordon on Saturday, October 24, 2015, setting off at 9am. We hope you can join us. Registration in advance is necessary.
One of the main components of the grant was to recruit senior “champions.” These champions would go out, and, with training from WalkBoston, a statewide pedestrian advocacy group, conduct walk audits of various areas of the city. Six walk audits were conducted, and through this effort, the city started painting more noticeable striped crosswalks. They also installed in-street crosswalk signs, many of them specifically requested at dangerous intersections.