Livable Streets Update (And Job Posting)

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 14

From Livable Streets:


StreetTalk: 10 in 1 Request for Proposal submission period open

Ever wanted to present at a LivableStreets StreetTalk? Do you have a transportation advocacy story you want to tell? Are you doing transportation or land use research you want to share? Are you a part of the next hot transportation start-up? Then we want to hear from you!

The 2nd Annual StreetTalk: 10 in 1 is Tuesday, December 11thand the RFP submission period is open now until November 23rd at midnight. Be one of 10 people presenting to fellow community members, advocates, LivableStreets members, and transportation leaders at our last StreetTalk of 2012.


400 volunteers – Thank you! 


Did you know that LivableStreets has over 400 current volunteers that we call on for any given project on any given day? Our volunteers are students, mothers, planners, architects, biologists, bakers, marathon runners, shop owners, cyclists, swimmers, and designers, all working to make streets safer and our communities more livable for you.

Whenever I see a bunch of folks standing on a corner in bright orange shirts I know they are fighting the good fight and getting stuff done.” – LivableStreets volunteer

Our volunteers are out in the neighborhoods, sharing the latest news with residents, giving out information and collecting thousands of postcards to send to our city and state transportation leaders. Daily, they are speaking at public meetings, submitting comments and getting letters to the editor published to advocate for safer streets in the Boston region for you.


 “Volunteering with LivableStreets has been a great experience. It’s wonderful to be part of an organization that is really making a difference in the lives of those in the community. I’ve also learned a great deal about outreach, advocacy, and how non-profits such as LivableStreets function – knowledge that will help me in my future work.” – LivableStreets volunteer


We want to say THANK YOU to every volunteer who has ever helped us with a campaign, work in the office, and/or an event. Thanks to you, LivableStreets is where it is today.

US Cities Gather to Rethink Street Design   


“It’s like our city streets have been in a suspended state of animation for decades… they are designed for a different era.”

                                      – Janette Sadik-Kahn, NYCDOT Commissioner


Jackie Douglas (E.D of LivableStreets) Ray LaHood (Secretary of US. DOT) and Jeffrey Rosenblum (Co-founder of LivableStreets) at the NACTO Conference in New York City.

Why did hundreds of elected officials, transportation leaders, and key stakeholders from US cities gather for a three-day Designing Cities conference last month hosted by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)? Cities recognize the shortcomings of traditional street design guidelines and are leading an innovative agenda to invest in sustainable transportation projects that re-imagine and reinvent our streets.


LivableStreets Executive Director Jackie Douglas moderated a panel “Safer Streets” with leaders from across the US. Though every year over 5,000 pedestrians and cyclists are killed in traffic nationwide (worldwide, 145 people die per hour in all road collisions- that’s more than 2 per minute!), most collisions in US cities are preventable. Design is critical. But design doesn’t have to be long-term and expensive capital projects. Cities are being creative with quick cheaper fixes and using in-house crews to keep costs low and increase impact.


LivableStreets Co-founder Jeff Rosenblum moderated a panel “Traffic signals: integrating space and time,” challenging the conventional wisdom of traditional designs based solely on car throughput at the hour. New transparent design criteria are starting to be used that address mobility of walking, biking, and transit, recognizing that street design is more than just technical number crunching but incorporates policy and social values into the decision making process.

StreetTalk: How Cambridge made mode-shift a reality

Wednesday, November 28, 7:00-9:00pm

@ Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, 301 Binney St, Cambridge

Open to the public, $5-$15 suggested donation   


Register here   


The statistics look like a mistake. In July, the Globe highlighted a successful mode-shift policy in Kendall Square. Kendall Square has managed to add 4.6 million square feet of new spaces (a 40% increase since 2000) while reducing car trips by as much as 14% in the last decade.

What is the City of Cambridge doing that made it possible to bring new development without bringing new drivers? Stephanie Groll, Parking and Transportation Demand Management Officer, and Geoff Hewer-Candee, Graphic Designer for the City of Cambridge, will share insight about two programs that change travel behavior – one aimed at commuters and the other aimed at residents. Highlighting Kendall Square, learn how Cambridge has made it a priority to reduce car use among its workers, and what the city’s innovative CitySmart program has done for residents’ non-work trips to put Cambridge on the social marketing map.


Hosted by LivableStreets Alliance with WalkBoston.

Sponsored by Ironwood Pharmaceuticals 

For more information:  [email protected] / 

Networking Night rescheduled to December 13th

Thursday, December 13, 2012, 6:00pm-9:00pm   

@ Lir Irish Pub, 903 Boylston St, Boston 

Sponsored by New England Institute of Transportation Engineers


Register here 


Think that transportation has the power to make our city more connected and more livable? Want to meet local organizations working to make this happen? Please join us at our second annual Networking Night. Come schmooze with us and take advantage of this event to expand your social and professional network. Light appetizers will be provided and drink specials will be available.


Interested in getting involved, co-hosting, or sponsoring this event? Email [email protected] for more information.


We are hiring!

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Join the LivableStreets growing team as a Campaign Coordinator

LivableStreets is searching for a Campaign Coordinator to play a critical part in our growing non-profit organization. We challenge people, government, and businesses to think differently about the role of transportation in our daily lives. We’re working to create a system that better balances transit, walking, and biking with automobiles to make the Boston region more connected and livable. We inspire a vision, build partnerships, empower communities, and create change.

As a Campaign Coordinator, you will be responsible for coordinating LivableStreets’

Help make this happen.

advocacy campaigns. On any given day, you might:

  • Develop and implement campaign tactics and strategies
  • Track transportation projects and policies in the Boston region, and from around the world to introduce best practices here.
  • Interact with city and state agency staff, legislators, and partner organizations and articulate our policy and engineering recommendations.
  • Coordinate production of campaign materials, including, print, email, web and social media communications.
  • Represent LivableStreets at public events, meetings, and with the press.
  • Activate and train volunteers
  • Build partnerships with organizations and key stakeholders.

For more information about the position and how to apply, see full job description here>>  


Attend and speak up at one of the “Future of Transportation in MA” public meetings


Future of Transportation in MA, MassDOT Public Meetings
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is holding a series of statewide public meetings, engaging with residents, community leaders and business owners to discuss the future of transportation in the Commonwealth.


“Every person in the Commonwealth has a stake in our transportation system,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. “Whether someone drives, walks, takes public transit or rides their bike, there is rarely a day that goes by that they don’t interact with the system.


These statewide discussions are intended to allow you to share your ideas, thoughts and proposals for improving and paying for our transportation network for many years to come. Representatives from each division of MassDOT – RMV, Highway, Aeronautics and MBTA/Rail and Transit – will be available to answer questions and provide information.


Framingham: tonight, Wednesday, November 14, 6:00pm-8:00pm
@ Memorial Building -Nevins Hall, 150 Concord Street, Framingham
Click here for more info>>

Mattapan: tomorrow, Thursday, November 15,
@ Mattapan Branch Library, Community Room, 1350 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan
Click here for more info>>

Boston: Thursday, November 29
, 6:00pm-8:00pm
@ MA Transportation Building, conference rooms 1, 2, 3, 10 Park Plaza, Boston
Click here for more info>>

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