Issue #119 - October 2017

StreetLife

Issue #119 - October 2017

In this issue:

  • Call for Street Ambassadors
  • Mayor Marty Walsh to attend World Day of Remembrance
  • 2017 Election: Do you know who you’re voting for?
  • Beacon Street Vision Zero redesign
  • Sign the petition to support Great Neighborhoods
  • Learn, network, and be a part of ABX2017/Greenbuild

What's happening 

Call for Street Ambassadors

street_ambassador_option_2.jpgWant to help Keep Rozzie Moving? We are currently recruiting Street Ambassadors for a Better Buses campaign in Roslindale. The Street Ambassadors will be active at bus stops throughout Roslindale, talking with community members about the potential for a bus priority pilot on Washington Street. The Go Boston 2030 Vision and Action Plan (see page 156 for details) identified Washington Street in Roslindale as a corridor in need of bus priority improvements. Contact andrew@livablestreets.info to learn more about available shifts, which are already underway. 

If you live in Boston, you can also do your part by contacting your city councilor to ask them to support a bus priority pilot on Washington Street. Check out our Keep Rozzie Moving page for contact information. We'll also be leading Street Ambassador outreach on Beacon Street for Vision Zero later this fall, so stay tuned for more opportunities. 


Mayor Marty Walsh to attend World Day of Remembrance

WDR.jpgOn Sunday, November 19th, the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition is organizing a day of actions as a part of the international World Day of Remembrance. Mayor Marty Walsh will be joining us, along with other elected officials and individuals who have lost loved ones or been injured in traffic crashes. The program will include a memorial bike ride, a memorial walk, and a vigil on the steps of the State House. Please save the date!

Event Details:
World Day of Remembrance
Sunday, November 19th
12:30 pm Memorial Bike Ride
1:30 pm Memorial Walk, @ Boston Common at the corner of Beacon and Charles Streets
2:00 pm Vigil, @ Massachusetts State House

Please save the date, and stay tuned for more information.

2017 Election: Do you know who you're voting for?

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Election Day is almost here! Do you know who you're voting for?

The Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition distributed a questionnaire to candidates in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, Lynn, and Springfield in order to help residents make informed choices in the upcoming election.

Here are three ways that you can use the candidate questionnaire:

1. Read candidates' answers and determine who will win your vote.
2. Reach out to your local candidates to let them know that their answers to these questions matter.
3. Share the candidate questionnaire with five of your friends. Encourage them to learn more and vote!


Wins 

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Beacon Street Vision Zero redesign

On October 2nd we learned that Beacon Street in the Back Bay will be redesigned with a road diet, allowing for a protected bike lane from Berkeley Street all the way to Mass Ave. This corridor was highlighted as a priority for redesign under Vision Zero, and the new design is the result of a more than year-long planning process. The plan will go a long way towards slowing drivers and improving safety for people who are walking, biking, and driving on this section of Beacon Street. We encourage you to send an email to BTD@boston.gov to thank the BTD staff for their hard work!


Opportunities 

Sign the petition to support Great Neighborhoods

Great_Neighborhoods.PNGThe last time Massachusetts updated its planning, zoning, and permitting laws was in 1975. Better local planning and zoning can create walkable, welcoming, and environmentally resilient communities that we can all enjoy regardless of age, race, or income. Sign this petition to add your voice to those of us urging the Legislature to pass a Great Neighborhoods Bill by July 2018. Together we can win a historic victory for social justice, the environment, and livable streets in our own backyard.


Learn, network, and be a part of ABX2017/Greenbuild

ABX_Greenbuild.jpgABX is the largest building industry event in the Northeast and is co-located this year with the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo. Join us for this event featuring over 300 combined education sessions, workshops, summits and tours, 800 exhibiting companies, and 25,000 professionals from around the globe. 

 

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