Helpful Links


MassHighway Project & Development Design Guide: The most progressive state manual in he U.S., governs design of highway, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, 2006

Governor’s Highway Safety Bureau The Bureau’s mission is to reduce fatalities, injuries, and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle crashes on Massachusetts’ roadways.

Bicycle and Pedestrian Program A Federal Highway Administration program that is responsible for promoting bicycle and pedestrian transportation use and safety. 

Complete Streets Certification Program: Incentivizing Complete Streets on local roads.  legislative summary & implementation recommendations slideshow (November 2014) and recorded webinar (25minutes).  

Boston Area

Institute for Human Centered Design Boston-based non-profit that promotes human-centered or universal design through various mediums and disciplines.

Boston Complete Streets The new Complete Streets approach puts pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users on equal footing with motor-vehicle drivers. The initiative aims to improve the quality of life in Boston by creating streets that are both great public spaces and sustainable transportation networks. It embraces innovation to address climate change and promote healthy living.

Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition MassBike promotes bike usage and protects the interests of the bicycling public. 

Boston MPO Pedestrian Signal Phasing Study (June 2015) 

National Organizations

Steps to a Walkable Community This resource features tactics and case studies in multiple disciplines and integrates them with other emerging ideas. 

Pedestrian Safer Journey An interactive website to teach fun pedestrian saftey to children and young adults.

Walking Booklist A collection of great titles about walking and road saftey for kids of all ages.

America Walks A national coalition of advocacy groups dedicated to promoting walkable communities.

National Center for Bicycling and Walking Its mission is to create bicycle-friendly and walkable communities across North America.

Partnership for a Walkable America A national coalition working to improve the walking conditions in America and to increase the number of Americans who walk regularly.

Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) A clearinghouse for information about health and safety, engineering, advocacy, education, enforcement, access, and mobility.

Pedestrian and Pedaling Network (PedNet) A mailing list covering issues for walkers, pedestrian activists, urban planners and designers, and pedestrians with disabilities.

PEDS A member-based advocacy organization dedicated to making metro Atlanta safe and accessible for all pedestrians.

Perils for Pedestrians A monthly television series promoting awareness of issues affecting the safety of people who walk.

Rails-To-Trails Conservancy A non-profit organization that works with communities to preserve unused former rail lines by changing them into trails.

The National Center for Safe Routes The Center assists communities in enabling and encouraging children to safely walk and bike to school.

Safe Routes to School National Partnership The Partnership includes more than 200 groups working on Safe Routes to School across the country.

Shape Up America! A national initiative to promote healthy weight and increased physical activity in America.

Street Films Streetfilms produces short films showing how smart transportation design and policy can result in better places to live, work and play.

Surface Transportation Policy Project  STTP emphasizes the needs of people, rather than vehicles, in assuring access to jobs, services, and recreational opportunities.

Walkable Commmunities A non-profit corporation organized to help whole communities become more walkable and pedestrian friendly.

Zipcar is a car-sharing network found in several US and Canadian cities and even in London, UK.  Zipcar offers a $25 drive credit for WalkBoston members who join Zipcar.  Zipcar members can use any Zipcar in any of the Zipcar cities

Walks and Tours

Boston By Foot Boston by Foot presents regularly scheduled walking tours that Highlight Boston’s rich heritage of architecture and history

Urban AdvenTours Urban AdvenTours was founded on the belief that the best way to explore Boston is by bike. 

Bay Circuit Trail and Greenway A recreational trail and greenway corridor extending through 21 Eastern Massachusetts towns and linking the parks and open spaces surrounding metropolitan Boston. 

Walking Tours of the Back Bay and Fens led by Max Grinnell, The Urbanologist. Max's walking tours offer a unique perspective on Boston's art, design, architecture & people.

Freedom Trail Run the active way to tour Boston's historic Freedom Trail! A unique running tour will show you the sites in an up-close and detailed way.

Hancock Cemetery Walking Trail The City of Quincy offers an interactive Google map detailing the Hancock Cemetery walking trails.

Quincy Historical Walking Map The City of Quincy highlights some of the City’s most important heritage

Good Walking is Good Business

Walk Score Search by location for a measurment of walkability where you live.

EPA Small Business Portal Environmental information and resources for small businesses.

CEOs for Cities An organization dedicated to connecting urban centers through business innovation.

Project for Public Spaces A non-profit active in helping build and sustain stronger communities through education and design services.

Planetizen News hub for information and updates in the urban planning and design world. 

U.S. Chamber of Commerce Tools and information for small businesses. 

Brookings Institution Brookings conducts research in economics, metropolitan policy, governance, foreign policy, as well as global economy and development, and this article discusses real estate and the growing demand for walkable neighborhoods.

Center for Neighborhood Technology Housing + Transportation. The H+T Affordability Index developed by CNT explores the impact that transportation costs associated with the location of the housing have on a household’s economic bottom line.

MA Department of Public Health: Wellness in the Community, School, and Workplace Grant program to stimulate collaborative approaches to improving wellness and health outcomes.

American Independent Business Alliance Organization helping communities organize Independent Buisness Alliances.

Smart Growth is Smart Business A publication by the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals and the Smart Growth Leadership Institute about creating thriving communties around business, 2004. 

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