Issue #110 - December 2016

In this issue:

  • Show your support: $33,000 in 33 Days Challenge
  • Explore the Vision Zero Progress Report
  • Thanks for attending the StreetTalk 10-in-1
  • Celebrate statewide safer streets win: Duck Boat law
  • Check out Mass Ave pop-up bike lane in Cambridge
  • Join us in slowing down this New Year
  • Vision Zero Network is hiring
  • Submit your ideas to Imagine Boston 2030 & Focus40
  • Attend Boston City Council Talks Transportation Policy

What's happening

 

Show your support: $33,000 in 33 Days Challenge

OtherWaysToDonate.jpgWith less than $10,000 and ten days to go, we are in the homestretch for our $33,000 in 33 Days Challenge. There are many ways to give to LivableStreets. Here are a few ways we can reach our $33,000 goal by New Year's: 

Will you support us today? We’re gearing up for our busiest year yet, but we need your help to make 2017 a success.
donate_button_tour.pngIf you've already given, thank you! Please help us spread the word and share this email with a friend. 



Explore the Vision Zero Progress Report 

Screenshot_vz-progress-dashboard-v9-6dec16.jpgThe Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition's first Progress Report for Boston has been making waves. According to WBUR's coverage, "the report says the city needs to accelerate efforts to proactively redesign 'hot spots' — areas in the city that are known to have higher incidences of traffic crashes." If you haven’t yet, explore the report and help us spread the word: 


Thanks for attending the StreetTalk 10-in-1

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Thank you to everyone who made our 6th Annual StreetTalk 10-in-1 our biggest and most successful one yet. If you weren't able to attend, check out our event photos on Facebook and be on the look-out for footage of the talks compliments of WGBH Forum Network in the new year. We would like to offer a special thanks our host, the Old South Meeting House, our event sponsor, Harpoon! 


Wins 

 

Celebrate statewide safer streets win: Duck Boat law

29051294474_8c38c16914_m.jpgOn December 8th, Governor Baker signed into law new safety regulations for Duck Boats and other amphibious tour vehicles across Massachusetts. Duck Boats will now need to be equipped with blindspot sensors and cameras. This law is a major win for the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition, which worked with lawmakers to draft and pass legislation in the aftermath of a fatal crash by Boston Common in the spring.  


Check out Mass Ave pop-up bike lane in Cambridge

31497413656_57e98dfbf4_z.jpgAfter months of advocacy, the City of Cambridge has launched a pop-up protected bike lane pilot on a stretch of Mass Ave near Sidney Street. This is part of a series of pop-up bike lanes Cambridge is implementing this winter in the wake recent fatal crashes. Try out the lane for yourself and let the City of Cambridge know what you think! 

Join us in slowing down this New Year

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To celebrate and raise awareness about speed limit reductions in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, we're asking our supporters to sign onto a new year's resolution for 2017: driving slower. Starting in January, we're asking you to keep an eye open for new 25 mph signs popping up across the metro area. If you see one, take a photo and share it on social media to thank local governments and help spread the word. Be sure to tag LivableStreets (@StreetsBoston)! In the past few months, Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, have all committed to lowering their default citywide speed limits from 30 mph to 25 mph. Speed matters, and driving at 25 mph (or lower) can mean the difference between life and death in a crash. 


Opportunities 

 

Vision Zero Network is Hiring

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Our friends at the Vision Zero Network are looking for a Policy & Communications Director. This position has a nationwide focus and can work remotely. Learn more here


Imagine Boston 2030 & Focus40 - Submit your ideas!  

ImagineBoston2030.jpgThere's still time to weigh in on two important planning processes. Make sure you review the City of Boston's Imagine Boston 2030 Draft Plan and provide feedback. Also, MassDOT's Focus40 campaign has been hard at work talking to transit riders throughout the region. If you haven't bumped into them at bus stops or T stations near you, you can still submit your ideas for a better transportation system for 2040. 


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. The next discussion will be on Thursday, January 5th, on the topic of systematic safety.

Event Details: 
Boston City Council Transportation Policy Talk
Thursday, January 5th, 4-5:30pm
@Boston City Hall