Streets Are For People Rally

Advocates have created a Facebook event to help get the word out. You can RSVP here.

Meet us at Boston City Hall Plaza on Thursday, September 29th at 6pm. 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.

Boston City Council President Michelle Wu will be kicking off the program promptly at 6pm! We encourage folks to start arriving around 5:30pm - Michelle will be present to talk with people before the program begins at 6pm.

Streets are For People Rally
Thursday, September 29, 2016, 6-7pm
@ City Hall Plaza, Boston

The 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.

Our leaders must prioritize safer options for people to walk, bike, and take transit. The Complete Streets program is an excellent start. Boston’s Vision Zero efforts are getting underway, but they need to be ramped up. We’ve extended an invitation to Mayor Walsh and Boston City Councilors to attend our rally. (We've included the invitations below.)

What you can do:

  1. Invite 5 friends to the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1590398451256994/

  2. Wear yellow to the rally. Yellow is a color of solidarity for those killed or seriously injured in crashes. 

  3. Spread the word via social media before and during the rally using #visionzero and #crashnotaccident 

By participating in this rally you can show your continued support for Vision Zero efforts and making Boston's streets safer to navigate -- no matter how people get around.

We know that Vision Zero can save lives. We hope to see you at Boston City Hall Plaza on Sept. 29th!

Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition 


PS: Do you know a group that should be featured as a co-host? Email info@visionzerocoalition.org!


Dear Boston City Council, 

Yesterday, the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition invited Mayor Walsh to speak at a Vision Zero rally taking place on September 29th at 6pm at City Hall Plaza. (We've included the invite below). We would like to invite City Council President Wu to speak at the rally, and invite all of you to be there to show your continued support for Vision Zero efforts and making Boston's streets safer to navigate -- no matter how people are getting around. 

Sincerely,

Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition

WalkBoston, T4MA, TransitMatters, USPIRG, Safe Roads Alliance, MassBike, LivableStreets Alliance, DotBike, Boston Cyclists Union, StreetsPAC Boston


September 14, 2016

Mayor Martin J. Walsh 
1 City Hall Square, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02201-2013

Dear Mayor Walsh, 

On behalf of the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition we would like to invite you to speak at a rally onSeptember 29th at 6pm at City Hall Plaza, where we will gather with our 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. 

Specifically, we hope you will recommit to Vision Zero, the pledge to eliminate fatal and serious traffic crashes in the city by 2030, and share what actions the City will take before the end of the year to achieve the goals it set forth in the Vision Zero Action Plan released in December of 2015. Additionally, we hope that you will commit more financial resources for additional staff and capital projects to ensure that the Transportation Department has the support it needs to reach these important goals. 

Committing to Vision Zero was an important first step in improving safety on our streets. Unfortunately, in the wake of a series of tragic and preventable crashes, injuries, and fatalities, including 13 pedestrians who have died so far this year in the City of Boston, it is more important than ever to focus the priority of transportation policies and projects on safety. 

The status quo is not working. We desperately need to invest in the infrastructure of Boston’s streets and sidewalks — and we need your leadership to show it is the mandate of city government to prioritize safer options for people to walk, bike, take transit and drive. 

Thank you for considering this invitation. We hope to see you on September 29th and look forward to working with you to accelerate progress toward achieving Vision Zero in the City of Boston. 

Sincerely,

Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition

WalkBoston, T4MA, TransitMatters, USPIRG, Safe Roads Alliance, MassBike, LivableStreets Alliance, DotBike, Boston Cyclists Union, StreetsPAC Boston

The Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition advocates for the implementation of Vision Zero in Boston and for the adoption of Vision Zero throughout the metro area and state of Massachusetts. The growing coalition includes community-based organizations, nonprofits, businesses, civic groups and individuals representing communities across the state.

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