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The Future Of Boston Is In Your Hands

Written by Boston Biker on Mar 08

From Livable Streets:

After two years of outreach, dozens of workshops, and thousands of comments from people like you, the City of Boston has released its GoBoston 2030 Vision & Action Plan, an unprecedented roadmap for the region’s mobility future.

We are proud that this ambitious plan is a reflection of our vision for a Boston where streets are safe, equitable, and vibrant places for people to live, work, and play.

Now the future of Boston is in your hands. Will you help us make this plan a reality? 

Volunteer as a Street Ambassador to help us build support for Go Boston 2030 projects and policies. We’re holding two training sessions this spring and will be deploying Street Ambassadors throughout the year. Click here to learn more.

Other ways you can support us include joining our Advocacy Committee, becoming a LivableStreets member, or making a donation.

You can review the Go Boston 2030 Vision and Action Plan here. Here are some key proposals LivableStreets is especially excited to see included:

Better Buses

  • Overall bus service reliability improvements on 30 busiest routes

  • Rapid bus service along Washington St in Roslindale, Mass Ave, between North Station and the South Boston Waterfront, between Mattapan and the LMA, and more!

  • Transit signal priority along key bus and Green Line routes

  • Implementing a network of neighborhood mobility hubs

Emerald Network

  • All three of our Boston Greenway Partners’ projects are part of the Action Plan, including Roxbury to Fenway, Arboretum to Roslindale, and the American Legion Parkway

  • Improving Columbia Road so that it better serves the surrounding community and completes Olmsted’s vision of the Emerald Necklace

  • Southwest Corridor extension to Back Bay and MGH via Charles St

Vision Zero

  • Expansion of Neighborhood Slow Streets program

  • Complete streets overhauls for Dorchester Ave in South Boston, Washington St/Columbus Ave in JP & Roxbury

  • Implementing better bike corridors by rebuilding streets with protected, low-stress bicycling facilities


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Livable Streets Update

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 02

From the email:

What’s happening

Ask your legislators to support safe streets

Omnibus_bill_.jpgWe need your help to make sweeping, effective improvements to street safety throughout Massachusetts. LivableStreets and our Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition partners have been working closely with Senator Brownsberger and Representatives Hecht and Rogers to file a bill that will prevent crashes and make the Commonwealth safer for all. To ensure its success, we need as many co-sponsors for the bill as we can get by Friday, February 3. Will you do your part and contact your legislators? It’s easy with this simple form that allows you to reach out to your state representative and senator directly. If you’ve already done your part – thanks! Please help us spread the word.


Stand with community members at Allston I-90 meeting

Allston_I90.jpgIn response to MassDOT’s latest proposalfor the Allston I-90 Interchange project, the Task Force is convening a meeting to communicate shared community goals to state and local officials in advance of the draft environmental impact report. We need as many advocates in attendance as possible to send a clear message to MassDOT. Join the community in advocating for a project that reconnects Allston while providing necessary biking, walking, and transit infrastructure.

Event Details:
Allston I-90 Interchange Community Meeting
Tuesday, February 7th, 6:30-8pm
@Jackson-Mann Community Center


Join us at the Longwood Area Cyclists Summit

Longwood_Area_Cyclists_Logo.pngLivableStreets has been working closely with the Longwood Area Cyclists to address transportation and safety issues in the Longwood area. This event is a great opportunity to learn more about biking improvements coming soon. Also, we’ll be kicking off our public engagement that we’ll be leading in Longwood throughout 2017. Attend the Summit to learn more about this exciting project. Speakers include Rick Corsi of DCR, Sarah Hamilton of MASCO, and Professor Peter Furth of Northeastern University.

If you’re planning on attending, please RSVP soon as space is limited!

Event Details:
Longwood Area Cyclists Summit
Wednesday, February 15th, 12-1pm
@Jimmy Fund Auditorium


Wins

LivableStreets in the news

bostonglobe.pngThis year we’ll be ramping up our Better Buses work, which was recently featured on the front page of The Boston Globe. Unfortunately, a few days later, the City of Boston witnessed 9 pedestrian crashes in a single day. See our response to this uptick in this WCVB Channel 5 report. Redesigning dangerous streets and intersections is crucial to Vision Zero‘s success. Streetsblog USA covered our call for more Vision Zero funding in Boston in order to improve safety along Beacon St and other corridors seeing high crash rates.


Above & beyond: $33,000 in 33 Days challenge

LivableStreetsvolunteerphoto.jpgWe were blown away by the outpouring of support we received during our $33,000 in 33 Days challenge at the end of 2016. With your help, we surpassed our goal, providing us with funding to expand our programming as we continue to advocate for safer streets throughout the Boston area. If you’re interested in helping us mobilize these efforts, sign up as a volunteer. We’ll be rebooting our Street Ambassador program this spring! 


Opportunities

Apply for a Neighborhood Slow Streets Zone

slowstreets.pngWant to see safer streets in your neighborhood? The City of Boston is now accepting applications for Neighborhood Slow Streets Zones, a program related to Vision Zero that aims to calm traffic in residential areas by redesigning them. Interested? Feel free to reach out to us if you’d like help applying. The deadline is March 24, 2017.


Save the date for the release of Go Boston 2030

goboston.pngAfter considerable input and support from LivableStreets advocates, the City of Boston will release its Go Boston 2030 Action Plan on March 7th. Be the first to learn what bold steps Boston will be taking to improve and expand its transportation system in the next 5, 10, and 15 years. The release will comprise of an announcement, a day-long interactive exhibit, and an evening discussion panel. Learn more on the Go Boston 2030 website.

Event Details: 
Go Boston 2030 Action Plan Release Panel
Tuesday, March 7th, 6-8pm
@Boston Public Library


MA Smart Growth Alliance is hiring

MA_SMART_GROWTH.jpgThe Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance is looking to hire a Director of Local Leadership, a senior-level position charged with leading outreach with local & regional decision-makers. Sounds like you or someone you know? Check out the job posting and apply here.


Boston City Council Talks Transportation Policy

furthflyer.jpgThe Boston City Council’s Committee on Parks, Recreation & Transportation, in partnership with Northeastern University Professor Peter Furth, is leading a monthly discussion series on transportation policy. Please be sure to attend the final two panels in the series. The February one will be addressing transit signal priority, and the following will be focused on parking management.

Event Details:
Boston City Council Transportation Policy Talk
Thursday, February 2nd, 4-5:30pm
@Boston City Hall

Event Details:
Boston City Council Transportation Policy Talk
Thursday, March 2nd, 4-5:30pm
@Boston City Hall


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Support The Vision Zero Bill!

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 01

From Boston Cyclists Union:

The Bike Union, along with our partners in the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition including MassBike, Livable Streets Alliance and WalkBoston, have been working with State Legislators, led by Senator Brownsberger and others, to file a road safety omnibus bill!

The bill, An Act to Reduce Traffic Fatalities, would take a number of steps to improve safety for people biking, walking and driving.  We’re thrilled that two policies that the Bike Union championed at the local level that have been adopted by the City of Boston – side guards and truck safety measures as well as improved bicycle crash reporting – have been elevated to be adopted state-wide in this legislation. The numerous other pieces of this omnibus bill make this the most impactful step towards bike safety since the last Bike Safety Omnibus Bill was passed in 2008!
 
In order for this bill to move forward it needs co-sponsors! Our friends at MassBike have a list of current co-sponsors that you can see here. You can click here to generate a letter that you can send to your State Legislators! The linked form will also allow you to figure out who your Legislators are by entering your address.
It only takes a few minutes! Help us make our streets safer for everyone! 

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Share Your #VisionZero Vision With State Senators! (Online And In Person This Tuesday 1/31, )

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 30

From DotBike:

Hi Dot Bikers,

If you’re free this Tuesday night, I encourage you to go to this event at 6pm at Suffolk to share your #VisionZero vision with State Senators.  Commonwealth Conversations provide as chance for state senators to hear directly from residents, and what they hear helps shape the Senate’s policy agenda for this term, which runs through the end of 2018.

Details:

Not sure what to say? Here are some ideas:
-Tell them where you live and that you want the legislature to prioritize steps to achieve Vision Zero (zero street related deaths)
-Low-stress bicycling options are sorely lacking in your area
-If we want to help more people get out of cars (ie mode shift), have healthier communities (ie cleaner air, less obesity, heart disease, diabetes), and provide flexible, cost effective, climate-friendly ways for people to get around, then passing “An Act to reduce traffic fatalities” is the way to go!
Don’t forget to use #MAConvos and #BosConvos if you’re on social media.
SPREAD THE WORD! There are other Commonwealth Conversations taking place over the next several weeks in other parts of the state. Let’s make sure Vision Zero is a theme across the state, because safer streets aren’t just needed in Greater Boston, but all across the state.
also from Livable Streets:

We need your help to make sweeping, effective improvements to street safety throughout Massachusetts. LivableStreets and our Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition partners have been working closely with Senator Brownsberger and Representatives Hecht and Rogers to file a bill that will prevent crashes and make the Commonwealth safer for all.

To ensure its success, we need as many co-sponsors for the bill as we can get by Friday, February 3Will you do your part and contact your legislators? It’s easy with this simple form that allows you to reach out to your state representative and senator directly.

This omnibus bill would ensure basic, but necessary traffic regulations to guarantee that everyone on our streets can expect to get from point A to point B safely. The bill includes, among other provisions:

  • Lowering default speed limit on state highways and parkways in thickly settled areas from 30mph to 25mph
  • Allowing municipalities to install limited traffic safety cameras exclusively for speeding and red light & right turn violations
  • A statewide biking & pedestrian safety curriculum for elementary school students
  • Equipping state contracted trucks with safety side-guards to reduce pedestrian & bicyclist fatalities
  • Common sense safety regulations for biking with on-street traffic
  • And much more!

Please fill out the form and help us spread the word! Together we can make Massachusetts streets safer.

LivableStreets Alliance
http://www.livablestreets.info/


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Rally For Safer Streets Sept 29th!

Written by Boston Biker on Sep 28

From Livable Streets:


The program will start at 6pm sharp with City Council President Michelle Wu and Chief of Streets Chris Osgood. Show up early to meet with Councilor Wu and share your street safety concerns!

Streets are For People Rally
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6-7pm
@ City Hall Plaza, Boston
**rally will go on rain or shine

Many of you have been helping us to spread the word via social media, thank you! Keep the momentum going so we can get the biggest crowd possible!

Together we can urge our leaders to prioritize safer options for people who walk, bike, and take transit. 

What you can do:

  1. Share this email with your friends and neighbors and encourage them to join you on September 29th!

  2. Invite 5 friends to the event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/1590398451256994/

  3. Wear yellow to the rally. Yellow is a color of solidarity for those killed or seriously injured in crashes.

  4. Spread the word via social media before and during the rally using #visionzero and #crashnotaccident

By participating in this rally you can show your continued support for Vision Zero efforts and making Boston’s streets safer to navigate — no matter how people get around.

We know that Vision Zero can save lives. We hope to see you at City Hall Plaza this Thursday!

Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition

Event Co-Hosts: WalkBoston, T4MA, TransitMatters, USPIRG, Safe Roads Alliance, MassBike, LivableStreets Alliance, DotBike, Boston Cyclists Union, StreetsPAC Boston, Walk UP Rozzie, Green Streets Initiative, Cambridge Bicycle Safety, Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition


Dear Boston City Council,

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition invited Mayor Walsh to speak at a Vision Zero rally taking place on September 29th at 6pm at City Hall Plaza. (We’ve included the invite below). We would like to invite City Council President Wu to speak at the rally, and invite all of you to be there to show your continued support for Vision Zero efforts and making Boston’s streets safer to navigate — no matter how people are getting around.

Sincerely,

Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition

WalkBoston, T4MA, TransitMatters, USPIRG, Safe Roads Alliance, MassBike, LivableStreets Alliance, DotBike, Boston Cyclists Union, StreetsPAC Boston


September 14, 2016

Mayor Martin J. Walsh
1 City Hall Square, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02201-2013

Dear Mayor Walsh,

On behalf of the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition we would like to invite you to speak at a rally on September 29th at 6pm at City Hall Plaza, where we will gather with our friends and neighbors in solidarity with those who have been killed in traffic crashes to call for swifter action to prevent these tragedies in the future.

Specifically, we hope you will recommit to Vision Zero, the pledge to eliminate fatal and serious traffic crashes in the city by 2030, and share what actions the City will take before the end of the year to achieve the goals it set forth in the Vision Zero Action Plan released in December of 2015. Additionally, we hope that you will commit more financial resources for additional staff and capital projects to ensure that the Transportation Department has the support it needs to reach these important goals.

Committing to Vision Zero was an important first step in improving safety on our streets. Unfortunately, in the wake of a series of tragic and preventable crashes, injuries, and fatalities, including 13 pedestrians who have died so far this year in the City of Boston, it is more important than ever to focus the priority of transportation policies and projects on safety.

The status quo is not working. We desperately need to invest in the infrastructure of Boston’s streets and sidewalks — and we need your leadership to show it is the mandate of city government to prioritize safer options for people to walk, bike, take transit and drive.

Thank you for considering this invitation. We hope to see you on September 29th and look forward to working with you to accelerate progress toward achieving Vision Zero in the City of Boston.

Sincerely,

Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition

WalkBoston, T4MA, TransitMatters, USPIRG, Safe Roads Alliance, MassBike, LivableStreets Alliance, DotBike, Boston Cyclists Union, StreetsPAC Boston

The Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition advocates for the implementation of Vision Zero in Boston and for the adoption of Vision Zero throughout the metro area and state of Massachusetts. The growing coalition includes community-based organizations, nonprofits, businesses, civic groups and individuals representing communities across the state.

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