2017 Impact Report










This year was an exciting time of growth and impact for LivableStreets as we expanded our public engagement across neighborhoods through our Greenway Partners and Street Ambassador programs.

Our Impact Report highlights several of our advocates who have become champions for leading change in their own communities. We are inspired by each of them, and by the many of you who make our work possible!

Click here to view and download the full 2017 Impact Report.

Table of Contents:

Vision Zero

A commitment to Vision Zero shifts the priority of transportation policies and projects from speed to safety, with the philosophy that crashes can be avoided if streets are designed to protect all people.

"The safety of pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders and drivers is paramount. Many partners, inside and outside of city government, worked hard on developing this plan; we look forward to working even harder putting it into action."

- Chris Osgood, Boston Chief of Streets (on the release of the City of Boston's Vision Zero Action Plan)

Agents of Action

As a member of the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition, we help turn commitment into action by advising and challenging our political leaders and policy makers:

Legislative Wins
  • Lowered speed limit from 30 to 25 MPH (Passed)
  • Duck Boat Bill (Passed)
  • Distracted Driving Bill (In progress)
  • An Act to Reduce Traffic Fatalities (In progress)

Our role: We worked with our legislative allies, partnered with friends and family of victims, and organized advocates to email, write letters, and provide testimony at the hearings.

Public Support
  • Streets Are For People Rally
  • World Day of Remembrance
  • City of Boston Vision Zero Progress Report

Our role: As pedestrian deaths spiked in 2016, we rallied hundreds of advocates at Boston City Hall. The Coalition released a City of Boston Progress Report, highlighting the need for additional Vision Zero funding and staffing.

Street Design Improvements
  • Mass Ave (Boston & Cambridge)
  • Beacon Street (Boston)
  • Inman Square (Cambridge)

Our role: As a coalition, we provided feedback to the cities of Boston and Cambridge on their designs for Mass Ave improvements. We bolstered support on both sides of the river, getting people out to critical public meetings.

Increased Resources
  • $1 million increase for Vision Zero funding in 2018 (Boston)
  • Commitment to hire additional Vision Zero staff in 2018 (Boston)

Our role: By increasing public pressure on City Hall we helped to win a budget boost that will allow more neighborhoods to participate in Boston's Slow Streets program in 2018.

Agents of Change

Cities may be responsible for strategy and implementation of Vision Zero, but community members are taking the lead on steering a culture of change in their own neighborhoods.

Vivian Ortiz, a Black woman with mid-tone skin and short, curly brown hair,, stands on a wooden footbridge in a forest setting and smiles at the camera.

Vivian Ortiz is attending national conferences, talking to Boston Police, and partnering with advocacy organizations like LivableStreets to educate her neighbors in Mattapan. She sees a gap in Boston's leadership when it comes to ensuring all departments understand and support Vision Zero.

Get involved! Visit visionzerocoalition.org for more information.

2016 Highlights

In 2016 we expanded outreach and public engagement across neighborhoods through our Greenway Partners and Street Ambassadors programs.

Advocacy Project Tracker

Members of our advocacy committee tracked over 90 street projects in 29 neighborhoods in 2016. With the addition of an interactive project tracker map on our website, tracking and sharing our progress is easier than ever.

Better Buses

We kicked off our Better Buses campaign in 2016, joining MIT's CoAXs team to test the effectiveness of software tools in bus advocacy, hosting two StreetTalks, and planning for a Silver Line pilot with the MBTA and Barr Foundation.

Greenway Partners Program

To realize the 200-mile vision of the Emerald Network, the Greenway Partners Program is supporting six community partners with technical assistance and advocacy to advance greenway projects in their own backyards. This year, several key links, including the Roxbury to Fens Connector, American Legion Greenway, and Roslindale Gateway Path, successfully secured state-allotted funding for future implementation.

Vision Zero Progress Report

In partnership with the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition, we produced the first annual Vision Zero Progress Report for the City of Boston. The report provided the public with a barometer to measure and understand the city's progress. The report also helped the city to recognize gaps, including the need for additional funding and staff - both of which will now see an increase in FY18.

Longwood Area Campaign

Preparations for our Longwood Area Campaign began in 2016. We trained 17 Street Ambassadors to engage people on the street, collecting over 1,500 survey responses while distributing 3,000 flyers and 1,400 cups of coffee. Stay tuned as we plan to publish our findings in 2017 and begin collaborating on solutions to key safety issues.


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By the Numbers

A pie chart showing the locations of LivableStreets members. Boston: 33%; Cambridge: 11%; Somerville: 7%; Brookline: 3%; Outside MA: 19%: Other MA: 27%.
LivableStreets Alliance 2016 Membership

Did you know? 

  • 30% of our community members come to us via word of mouth - help us to spread the word!

  • 70% of our members have been a part of LivableStreets for more than two years.

A pie chart showing LivableStreets expenses. Program: $329,591; Fundraising: $34,100; Administrative: $61,875A pie chart showing LivableStreets income. Foundations: $161k; Business/Institutions: $54,768; Individuals: $113,686; In-Kind: $42,328

81% of our expenses go directly to programs so we can make a direct impact more quickly!

Special thanks to our 2016 donors:


Barr Foundation
Ben and Kate Taylor Foundation
Cedar Tree Foundation
Charles River Wheelers
Ciccolo Family Foundation

Corcoran Jennison Company
Helen and William Mazer Foundation
Laird Norton Family Foundation
Pam Kohlberg
The Solomon Foundation
Transportation for Massachusetts


Avison Young
Cambridge Savings Bank
HDR Engineering
JN Phillips Company, Inc.

Kittelson & Associates
Landry's Bicycles
NBBJ Design
Toole Design Group
Tres Gatos
Utile, Inc.

LivableStreets staff outside in a park

"I'm excited for all that we've accomplished this year, but even more so for the groundwork we've laid for what's to come. We have ambitious plans in place for all of our program areas, so expect big things from LivableStreets in 2018."

- Stacy Thompson, Executive Director, LivableStreets Alliance

Your support matters. Donate today!

Your contributions support the daily work we do to educate, engage, and inspire people across Metro Boston to become agents of change in their own communities. Learn more about our membership levels and benefits at livablestreets.info/membership.