Issue #107 - September 2016

Your support helped make Tour de Streets a huge success! We welcomed over 200 participants, raising over $65,000 toward our $75,000 goal! Our fundraising isn't over yet - you can still donate through the end of the month to help us meet our goal. Whether it is $5 or $500, you can increase your impact today!

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From all of us at LivableStreets, thank you for your continued support.


Stacy Thompson
Executive Director, LivableStreets 


In this issue:

  • Better Buses Week
  • Streets are for People Rally
  • North Washington Street Replacement Project Update
  • Town of Brookline Recruiting members for Several Advisory Committees
  • Employment and Internship Opportunities

What's happening

 

Better Buses Week 

We are excited to announce that we will be devoting an entire week to buses in October. We hope you'll join us for one or more of the events below to explore the possibilities for buses in Metro Boston. 

StreetTalk: Making Buses Sexy
 

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StreetTalks are back and we are talking about buses! Imagine saving two weeks on your commute every year. . . Dedicated bus lanes, signal priority, and other techniques that prioritize people on buses are essential ingredients to making this a reality. 

Join us for a conversation with transportation experts on improvements already being planned for our bus system as well as an exploration of bus innovations being implemented globally. 

Speakers will be announced in a few days. In the meantime, space is limited, so reserve your spot today

Event Details
StreetTalk: Making Buses Sexy
Tuesday, October 11, 6-9pm
Roxbury Innovation Center, 2300 Washington Street, Boston

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CoAXs: A Transit Tool for Engagement Workshop 

Screen_Shot_2016-09-21_at_09.55.55.pngLivableStreets is partnering with MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning to test a customized version of CoAXs - a tool designed to support efforts to engage community members and key decision-makers around transit improvements.

This two hour workshop will give participants the opportunity to test CoAXs and to explore how it can apply to our work to improve bus service in Metro Boston. Each session is limited to 15 participants, so you'll have the opportunity to work directly with the tool in a small group setting.

Will you join us in exploring how this tool can support our efforts to make transit better for everyone in Metro Boston?

Space is limited so be sure to RSVP for one of the workshop sessions below!

Event Details
CoAXs Development Workshops
Wednesday, October 12, 6-8pm
Friday, October 14, 6-8pm
Saturday, October 15, 1-3pm
Monday, October 17, 6-8pm
@ MIT Building 9, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 9-255, Cambridge

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Focus40 Open House

Focus40.jpgJoin MassDOT at an interactive open house to share your ideas for the MBTA's future. MassDOT wants to hear from you, their customers, about how to improve your commute.

Event Details
Focus40 Open House
Thursday, October 13, 5-8pm
@ Bolling Building, 2300 Washington Street, Roxbury

Focus40 is MassDOT's 25 year strategic vision for MBTA investments, currently in the "idea generation" phase. This open house is a great opportunity to share your innovative ideas with MassDOT!


Streets are for People Rally

Streets_are_for_People..jpgThe status quo is not working. An estimated 179 people were killed in traffic crashes in Massachusetts during the first half of this year, including 13 pedestrians in the City of Boston.

It’s time to rally and call for safer streets. Will you join us?

Event Details
'Streets are for People' Vision Zero Rally
Thursday, September 29, 6-7pm
@ City Hall Plaza, Boston

Gather with 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. We know that Vision Zero can save lives. We hope to see you at City Hall Plaza on September 29.


Wins 

 

North Washington Street Replacement Project Update 

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MassDOT unveiled the latest plan for the new North Washington Street Bridge. The design features wide sidewalks with trees, two separated protected bike lanes and an inbound lane dedicated to buses only! This is a huge change that will make traveling across the bridge safer and more efficient - for everyone. 

Comments on the proposal can be submitted until September 24th (more info here) — we encourage you to send thanks to MassDOT for this truly multi-modal design!


Opportunities

 

Town of Brookline Recruiting Members for Several Advisory Committees

Brookline_seal.jpgInterested Brookline cyclists are encouraged to apply to the Bicycle Advisory Committee by sending a short statement explaining your interest and experience to Chair Cynthia Snow at csnow2@verizon.net.

There are also three open seats on Brookline's Public Transportation Advisory Committee - if you're interested in learning more, please get in touch with Abby Swaine at abby.swaine@gmail.com.

And speaking of transportation-related committees in Brookline, there is a seat on Brookline's Transportation Board opening up soon. This position would be for a three-year term. For more information, please get in touch with Todd Kirrane at tkirrane@brooklinema.gov.


Employment and Internship Opportunities

 

Town of Belmont hiring Staff Planner

Mass_seal.pngThe Town of Belmont is seeking applicants for the position of Staff Planner for the Office of Community Development. Applications are due by October 10th. For more information, click here

City of Salem hiring a Director of Traffic

The City of Salem is hiring a new Director of Traffic and Parking. They are especially looking for candidates with Complete Streets experience. For more information, click here

Commonwealth of Massachusetts hiring a GIS Analyst

The Massachusetts Office of Geographic Information (MassGIS) is seeking a GIS Analyst to join their team. For more information and to apply, click here

Fairmount Greenway Task Force Seeking Intern

The Fairmount Greenway Task Force is looking for an intern this fall to work on mostly communications-related work. The ideal candidate is in grad school. Please find the internship description here