Boston is growing and changing rapidly, with population and job-growth both on the rise. 34% of Boston residents do not own a car. 42% of Boston residents want mobility and open space improvements in their neighborhood (Go Boston 2030, Imagine Boston).
The Emerald Network creates safe, non-motorized pathways that mimic common routes that many people already travel. As the network opens connections to transit, jobs, and open space, it has the power to prompt habitual changes in how we get around.
What is the Emerald Network?
- The Emerald Network is a vision for 200 miles of seamless shared-use greenway paths in the urban core of Boston and its adjacent cities.
- Boston has a rich legacy of linear parks and greenways, but they were never finished. The Emerald Network builds on this portfolio of 100 miles of greenways.
View the Emerald Network Vision.
Greenways help to boost health and mobility by connecting people to open spaces and providing safe, green routes for active transportation.
Greenways reduce congestion on our roads, aligning with Boston's goal of reducing emissions.
- Greenways create connected, more livable communities where people can thrive.
Read about the Power of the Network.
- Boston is a thriving, changing city with significant physical and social challenges. There is no better way to increase mobility than with a network that supports active transportation and expands the reach of the existing transit system.
- We are at a unique moment in time as agencies and citizens are collaborating on long-term plans to envision and shape the future of our cities, including Go Boston 2030, Imagine Boston 2030, Cambridge Citywide Master Plan, and DCR’s Urban Path and Parkways Study.
What You Can Do
Start a Conversation: Download and share our Emerald Network Quick Facts.
Explore a Greenway: Each month on the website we feature a new Emerald Network greenway to explore.
Volunteer: Join us in spreading the word about the importance of a connected network of greenway paths.
Donate: Support the Emerald Network Initiative with a tax-deductible donation.