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City Council to Consider Raising Parking Meter Rates

"City Council President Michelle Wu framed parking availability as an “environmental justice” issue, since cars that cannot find spots spew harmful emissions as they circle. Some activists at the hearing asked the council not to focus on parking, but on creating incentives for residents to not drive at all. Stacy Thompson, the executive director of the community group LivableStreets Alliance, said councilors should not forget Boston’s pledge to improve open space and health by 2030."  

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Plans to Expand Watertown Bike Paths Move Forward

"Watertown's Senior Planner Gideon Schriber said work would extend an existing spur of the Watertown-Cambridge Greenway from where it empties onto Arsenal Street, next to the Watertown Mall Best Buy location, through Arsenal Park to the North Beacon Street Bridge.

The LivableStreets Alliance is helping the Town of Watertown Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee design the path over the next year." 

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Bike Safety Takes Center Stage at City Hall Rally

"The group organizing Thursday's rally, the Vision Zero Coalition, wants the city to spend more money on redesigning roads; hire more staff to deal with the issue; and deliver on goals laid out last year, including lowering the speed limit on Boston streets. Mayor Marty Walsh's office said he is committed to all of that. A member of his staff will attend the City Hall rally, promising a significant update on plans."

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Bike, Pedestrian Advocates to Press Mayor on Road Safety

"Hundreds of advocates and survivors of traffic crashes will converge on Boston City Hall Thursday to press Mayor Martin J. Walsh on his plan to improve traffic safety. Advocates from the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition, which is holding the rally, say they will urge Walsh to move swiftly to devote more money for capital projects, hire additional staff, and finalize goals outlined in a traffic safety plan released in December . . . “We want everything promised, and the 2015 goals to be completed,” said Stacy Thompson, executive director at LivableStreets Alliance, one of the groups spearheading the rally." 

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The View From The Street

"Municipalities have shown they can coordinate. (Witness Metropolitan Area Planning Council's single-vendor Hubway bikeshare program and planning for the Urban Ring transit project.) Can Massachusetts Department of Transportation serve as a convener? (If successful, the Lower Mystic Regional Working Group will be a model.) Coordination can also be initiated by a nonprofit (LivableStreets Alliance's "Emerald Network" connecting Metro Boston's greenways)...There is still time for Mayor Martin J. Walsh to turn around the GoBoston 2030 planning process in order to become a catalyst and leader for regional coordination." 

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Safety Administration: Traffic Deaths on the Rise

"For Stacy Thompson, executive director of the Boston-based Livable Streets Alliance, some of the solutions may also lay in street design. Wider lanes encourage drivers to go faster, while a lack of protected bike lanes and adequate crosswalks increase the chances of fatal crashes, she said."

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Leaders must make safer streets a priority

"We desperately need the state, cities, and towns to invest in infrastructure. The status quo is not working. Leaders must prioritize safer options for people to walk, bike, and take transit. The state Transportation Department's Complete Streets program is an excellent start. Boston's and Cambridge's Vision Zero efforts are getting underway, but they need to be ramped up."

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MassDOT appoints director of newly created Sustainable Mobility

"Jackie DeWolfe, who was named to the post on Wednesday, said the job will also focus on projects such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing public health, and solving the problems that can arise with those goals.

“There is a growing demand for ‘complete streets’ — roads that facilitate all modes of travel — and Jackie will help ensure that MassDOT is thinking broadly and inclusively about all users of our transportation system,” transportation department secretary Stephanie Pollack said in a statement."

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In Boston, fellow cyclists share tips for beginners

"Last week, groups including the Boston Cyclists Union and Livable Streets Alliance held an event at Aeronaut Brewery with tips on cycling in an unsafe city." 

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Buying rail property in Alewife paves way for more car-free travel paths through city

"[Tom Evans, Executive Director of the Cambridge Redevelopment Authority] cited the “LandLine” plan of the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and “Emerald Network” project by Cambridge’s LivableStreets Alliance as two models seeking to form a network of trails as extensive as might be found in the Netherlands."

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MassDOT Green Lights $20.4M Comm Ave. Reconstruction

"Jackie DeWolfe, executive director of Boston's Liveable Streets urban design advocacy organization, cheered the project in a statement Thursday.

“We are excited about the project, not only because of the improvements it will bring for the 100,000 people who use Commonwealth Avenue today, but because the new design will make it more comfortable for even more people to walk, bike and take the bus,” she said. “Innovative design details like parking protected bike lanes, enhanced bus stops and protected intersections, will be a great demonstration of multi-modal transportation."

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The Rush Hour Race: Cars Vs. Bikes Vs. The T

"Stacy Thompson is with the Livable Streets Alliance, one of the groups sponsoring the race. “The problem is that our streets are designed for cars instead of being designed for people," she said. "So they are hectic, chaotic and oftentimes dangerous.”

Stacy Thompson of the Livable Streets Alliance said the fact that the electronic bicycle won the race shows that there’s always some new mode of getting around. “On the flip side, it’s still really hard," she said. "Almost every participant encountered a challenge today. And in some cases it was dangerous, whether it was a scary intersection, or something else. So if we’re going to be open to these new ways of getting around, we need to fix the problems we have today.”

The point, Thompson said, is not that any one mode of transportation is better than the others. She said the point’s that as we continue to plan our transportation system, we need to develop one that’s going to get everybody where they need to go during rush hour, no matter how they’re getting there."

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Rush Hour Challenge proves the race is not always to the swift

 “We actually took the word ‘race’ out on purpose, because we want to highlight more the challenge of getting around the city,” said Stacy Thompson, deputy director of the LivableStreets Alliance, an organization that advocates for policies that favor bikers and pedestrians as well as cars.

“The ultimate message is that it’s time for us to tear down the invisible barriers between modes in municipalities. Oftentimes there’s this really unhealthy conversation that bikes are against drivers, or pitting pedestrians against drivers,” Thompson said. “What we’re trying to say is everyone is just trying to get around, and if we prioritize people’s needs to move around Metro Boston, and we work to make our streets function better regardless of the modes people are using, we’re all going to be happier.” 

“We are at, I think, an inflection point,” Thompson said. “So many groups are stepping back and saying, ‘What do we want our cities to be, and how are people going to get around five years from now, 10 years from now, 20 years from now. They’re realizing that, today, our streets kind of aren’t working for anyone.”

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Crusader for safe streets shares grief

“It’s real,” DeWolfe told me after the hearing. “We talk about people. We talk about elders. We talk about vulnerable users. But the point is, these are real people who are getting killed and hurt on our streets.”

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Boston councilor wants to lower city speed limit

“There are too many crashes, too many people who don’t feel comfortable on our streets,’’ said DeWolfe, executive director of the transit advocacy group LivableStreets Alliance. “I bike, I walk, and I drive across this city, and I don’t always feel’’ safe.

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Fiscal Year 2017 budget to emphasize traffic safety

“It’s really big news and important to see the investment being made,” DeWolfe said. “It’s one thing to have an idea, but another thing to actually say that we want to put our money behind this, so this is really a great thing.”

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City Council seeks a 20 mph speed limit in Boston

“We know it’s not just about posting a different speed limit and all of a sudden that solves our problems,” DeWolfe said. “This also needs to come in conjunction with infrastructure changes so the street itself enforces it.”

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MBTA introduces "pay your fare, it's only fair"

“We, of course, believe that it’s important for people to pay their fares,” Thompson wrote. “Perhaps a better question to ask is, ‘Why aren’t people paying their fares in the first place?’ All-door payment options or off-board payment would make it easier and more efficient for people to pay their fares and help reduce the frustration people feel when they are all lined up at the front of the train trying to board and pay all at once.”

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Arboretum Gateway picking up steam

“One thing we were looking at with the survey was to get a sense of where people are traveling to and from and looking at helping with mobility for both commuting and recreation,” said Amber Christopherson of Livable Streets. “It’s designed for a duel function.”

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New curbed bike lanes to improve safety on Commonwealth Ave

"LivableStreets Executive Director Jackie DeWolfe wrote in an email that bikers in the city are excited for the upcoming construction, calling it a big victory for the 100,000 people who travel on Commonwealth Avenue."

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Get BU on Board for West Station transit

“We’re planning for so far out,” says Jackie DeWolfe, executive director of the Livable Streets Alliance, “that we really don’t know what the world is going to look like in another five or 10 years.”

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Many Americans want to behave more Swedish on the road

"I met him along with Stacy Thompson, deputy director with LivableStreets Alliance, a group that seeks to balance walking, biking, and public transport with cars. She herself doesn’t cycle in Boston though; she doesn’t think it’s safe enough.

“And I’m clear about that, because I’m working to make it safe enough to feel comfortable enough to bike,” said Thompson.

In the chicken and egg equation, Thompson said you need to build infrastructure before you get more cyclists."

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Mayor Walsh Announces Vision Zero Boston's Safety Concerns Map

"Stacy Thompson, deputy director of LivableStreets, said Vision Zero Boston’s mission resonates with residents because it lacks complexity.“What is really compelling about Vision Zero is that the vision is simple, that there are zero fatalities on our streets — period,” Thompson said. “So what that means is that we are focused on making our city safer.”

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MBTA better prepares for winter season

"There has been, and rightfully so, a tremendous amount of focus on the breakdown of the transit system in Boston during the winter of 2014-2015. I think sometimes what falls to fray is that it wasn’t just a breakdown of the transit system. There were sidewalks that weren’t shoveled. There were lots of bike lanes that weren’t clear and weren’t safe." - Stacy Thompson, Deputy Director of LivableStreets

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Rally in Boston remembers victims of road crashes

"Safety is a communal responsibility, the group said — shared among motorists, bikers, and pedestrians." November 3, 2015 pdf_image.png

A new plan would connect the Boston area’s biggest bike and walking paths

“Safe, accessible, off-road paths and their low-traffic stress connections are simply a better way to get around the city" - Jackie Douglas, Executive Director of LivableStreets

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Bus Rapid Transit studied anew for Hub

“'Transit is the life blood of the city,' said Jackie Douglas, executive director of LivableStreets Alliance and a member of the BRT Study Group. 'This was an opportunity to deep-dive into one option for transportation across the region.'”

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Biking in Boston, Seriously: Comm Ave improvements promise a safer commute

Click through to watch Jackie Douglas, our Executive Director and BU alum, in the accompanying video.

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Initiative seeks to connect greenway paths in Greater Boston area

“Boston has a historic legacy of greenways and linear parks, which we appreciate,” said [Project Manager Amber] Christofferson. “But our current systems could be better connected to continue work that has been done for 100 years.”

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Group has a goal: A regional path network that would let you walk or cycle from the Fellsway to the Neponset

Universal Hub links to WBUR's article "Cambridge Nonprofit Seeks to Connect 200 Miles of Paths" from September 12.

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Plan seeks to link 200 miles of local pathways

“ “We’re excited by Livable Street’s Emerald Network initiative,” [Boston Chief of Streets Chris] Osgood said. 'It’s a perfect pairing with Boston’s Green Links project — a plan to provide walking and biking connections for all residents to Boston’s largest parks. The Emerald Network takes Boston’s local plan to scale in the region. It sets a vision for connecting our communities, improving mobility and increasing access to this region’s parks. We look forward to continuing our work with them on this effort.' "

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Cambridge Nonprofit Seeks To Connect 200 Miles Of Paths

“ 'Years of thinking and research and collaboration have gone into what these connections might look like and where they should be,' [Deputy Director Stacy Thompson] said. 'We are talking about something that is around us already.' "

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Press Release: Visionary New Initiative to Connect 200 Miles of Metro Boston Greenways Debuted by LivableStreets Alliance

“ 'With the power of the network, this will knit our growing city together without adding more cars to our roads,” said land use attorney Matthew J. Kiefer, co-founder of the Emerald Network."

“ 'The Emerald Network vision grows out of our region's fabulous heritage of multi-use parks, building on our existing portfolio of over 100 miles of parkland paths to create a 200 mile web of connection,' stated Steven E. Miller, Emerald Network co-founder."

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Car commuting declines slightly in Greater Boston, report finds

“It’s not that people are giving up driving. It’s a shift in people wanting more than one way to get there.”

[Stacy] Thompson said the Boston area has some infrastructure, such as bicycle lanes and walking paths, that encourages alternate modes of commuting.

“You’re seing [sic] an uptick because this infrastructure is in place, but it’s not complete,” she said. “If we upped the ante on this infrastructure, you’d see an explosion of people making more choices about their own mobility.”

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How To Make Boston’s Roads Safer For Bikes, Cars

The number of people using bicycles to get around the city is on the rise. But, in the last five years, more than a dozen people were killed biking in Boston. Most recently, 38-year-old Anita Kurmann died in a collision with a truck in Boston’s Back Bay. The investigation into her death is ongoing.

But a new report from the Centers for Disease Control finds that, nationwide, the number of cyclist deaths involving a vehicle have decreased overall. But that’s not so satisfying for bikers, drivers, or politicians and transportation planners. So, how can the roads become safer for everyone?

Guests: Jackie Douglas, Professor Peter Furth

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Death toll mounts for bicyclists on Boston’s streets

"Finding and fixing a few hot spots is only the beginning, said Jackie Douglas, executive director of the LivableStreets Alliance, a community advocacy group. Changes need to be made throughout the city, and quickly, she said. 'It’s not just about identifying the worst intersection, fixing it, and saying you’re done.'"

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Imagine a Boston with just a fifth as many cars

"It doesn't matter what [mode of transportation] you're taking," said Thompson. "What remains the same is that there's a city full of people and they're all just trying to get somewhere." - Stacy Thompson, Deputy Director of LivableStreets

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Area could benefit from more bus rapid transit, report says

“We could move so many more people efficiently and effectively throughout the region,” she said. “Boston is prime because we have the demand and we have the density to support it.” - Jackie Douglas, Executive Director of LivableStreets

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Group Asserts Bus Rapid Transit May be Key to Help Meet Greater Boston’s Increasing Transit Needs

“To really understand BRT’s potential, you need to erase all notions of what a bus is today. It's an entirely new approach to rapid transit with a proven track record for moving more people, more efficiently.” - Jackie Douglas, Executive Director of LivableStreets

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Cambridge's car-sharing proposal means less noise and more parking

"The 31 percent of Cambridge households who do not own cars deserve better access when they occasionally need it, and those of us who own a car will benefit, too. Every car-share spot will lead to lower parking demand, reduced traffic, lower emissions, cleaner air around our homes and playgrounds, and a more livable neighborhood." — Steve Miller, LivableStreets board and Cambridge resident, and Chris Taylor, LivableStreets Advocacy Committee and Cambridge resident 

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DiCara is wrong about Boston buses

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 Demand-based parking rates could be answer to scarce spaces, resources 

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Bicycle commuters pedal on, despite snowy weather

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MBTA rage can't melt

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Advocates Petition Baker for More MBTA Funding

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Boston has right idea in expanding car-sharing services

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We all suffer when Boston residents can't find a place to park

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Bike advocates, city officials talk about Comm. Ave construction plans

“Jeffrey Rosenblum, president and cofounder of the LivableStreets Alliance, said including bikes in the construction plans is important because the mode of transportation is increasing in prominence in the city. ’Car volume on the street is dropping. Pedestrian activity, people walking, is increasing by 80 percent,' he said during the meeting. 'Bicycling has more than doubled since the bike lane was put on a section of Comm. Ave. Since 1964, we keep breaking records for MBTA [Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority] ridership.’”

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Boston bikers urge City to build cycle track on Comm. Ave.

“Commonwealth Avenue has the highest rate of collisions per the amount of bicycling anywhere in the city of Boston, and it’s right in the heart of a major university,” said Jeffrey Rosenblum, advocacy director and co-founder of LivableStreets, a local transit safety group. “If you’re going to do separated bike lanes somewhere, this is where you want to do them.”