Issue #112 - March 2017

In this issue:

  • Become a Street Ambassador
  • Take our Longwood Area survey
  • Celebrate the release of the Go Boston 2030 Action Plan 
  • LivableStreets in the news
  • Join us at Focus40's "Ideas of March" event
  • Apply for a Neighborhood Slow Streets Zone
  • Join us at WalkBoston’s Annual Celebration
  • Submit your BRT station design proposals
  • Participate in Green Streets Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge

What's happening

Become_a_Street_Ambassador.jpgBecome a Street Ambassador

We are launching our Street Ambassador program for 2017 to directly engage the public in our Better Buses and Longwood Area campaigns. We need volunteers who are passionate about improving transportation and are willing to help us collect feedback from the public. This is a great experience for anyone interested in grassroots organizing. RSVP with us for one of the following trainings: 
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Event Details: 
Street Ambassador Info Session I
Wednesday, March 29, 6-7pm
@LivableStreets Alliance 

Event Details: 
Street Ambassador Info Session II
Wednesday, April 5th, 12-1pm 
@Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 

Take our Longwood Area survey

Take_our_Longwood_Area_multimodal_survey.jpgWe recently launched a new initiative in the Longwood Area in partnership with the Longwood Area Cyclists. Throughout 2017, we’ll be collecting feedback from the public while working with area institutions and partners to identify key problems and implement solutions. Please help us by taking the survey and spreading the word!


Wins 

Celebrate the release of the Go Boston 2030 Action Plan 

Go_Boston_2030_release.jpgAfter two years of outreach and dozens of workshops, the City of Boston has released its Go Boston 2030 Vision and Action Plan, an unprecedented roadmap for the region’s mobility future. LivableStreets has been involved in this process since the beginning, and this ambitious plan encapsulates our vision for a Boston where streets are safe, equitable, and vibrant places for people. From Better Buses to the Emerald Network and Vision Zero, the proposed projects and policies directly impact our programs. Check out our overview of the plan here.

Now the hard work begins. Sign up as a Street Ambassador or join our Advocacy Committee to help us make this plan a reality. 


LivableStreets in the news

images.jpgOver the past month, our Better Buses and Go Boston 2030 advocacy has been featured in national and local media. Read CityLab's piece about Everett's pop-up bus lane and Boston's efforts to roll-out similar bus priority measures. Also, be sure to check out what our executive director had to say about the Go Boston 2030 Action Plan in this WGBH News piece. Review all of our recent press coverage here.  

Opportunities 

Join us at Focus40's "Ideas of March" event 

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MassDOT's Focus40 Team has received more than 3,000 ideas from the public about where they want to see our transit system go by 2040. Join us for the "Ideas of March" to explore these crowd-sourced concepts and learn how they'll influence the T's planning and future. 

Event Details: 
Focus40 "Ideas of March" Open House
Wednesday, March 15th, 5:30-7pm
@MIT Media Lab


Apply for a Neighborhood Slow Streets Zone

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Want 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.


Join us at WalkBoston's Annual Celebration

WalkBoston.jpgWe hope to see you at WalkBoston's Annual Celebration to thank the organization's for its over 27 years of incredible advocacy! Golden Shoe Awards will be given to City Council President Michelle Wu, Mission Hill/Roxbury activist Alison Pultinas, and Sarah Bankert, Caitlin Marquis & Dillon Sussman for their rural walking advocacy in Western Massachusetts. You won't want to miss it! Register for the celebration here

Event Details: 
WalkBoston's Annual Celebration
Wednesday, March 29th, 5-8pm
@Microsoft NERD Center 


Submit your BRT station design proposals

brt_station_competition1.jpgHave you always wanted to redesign your local bus stop? Now's your chance. BostonBRT is teaming up with The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) to find creative visions for what bus rapid transit stations could look like in Boston. Winners will receive cash prizes and a travel package to ITDP’s global Mobilize Conference in Santiago, Chile. Registration for the competition is April 5th, and the submission deadline is due April 12th. Check out the Boston BRT competition webpage for more important dates and guidelines.


Participate in Green Streets Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge

GreenStreetsFlyer_top-no_year-lt.jpgThe annual Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge is a competition among employers to determine which organizations are the green commuting champions. Encourage your employer to register for the 2017 Walk/Ride Day Challenge to participate (and win prizes!) by checking in online on the last Friday of each month from April through October when you walk, bike, take mass transit, or carpool to work!