Issue #118 - September 2017
- Fundraising for Tour de Streets continues through September 30th
- 2017 Election: check out candidates' responses to Vision Zero questionnaire
- Attend the Longwood Area Cyclists Summit on Tuesday
- Join the Emerald Network for 'Opening Our Doors'
- Somerville announces commitment to Vision Zero
- LivableStreets staff and Better Buses program featured in Streetfilm
- Participate in a Hubway expansion planning workshop in your neighborhood
- Save the date for World Day of Remembrance
Whether you attended, donated, or cheered us on from afar, your support helped to make Tour de Streets a great success!
On Saturday, September 9th we welcomed over 160 participants, raising over $59,000 toward our $75,000 goal! Check out photos from the event here and here.
Our fundraising isn't over yet! If you were inspired by the event, the people, or our initiatives, you can still donate through the end of the month to help us meet our $75,000 goal. Whether it is $5 or $500, you can increase your impact today!
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. The questions were created by people who care about walking, transit, biking, and creating accessible communities for all ages.
To read candidate responses, click here.
The preliminary election in Boston is on Tuesday, September 26th! And mark your calendars for Election Day on November 7th!
Over the past six months, the Longwood Area Cyclists have engaged with more than 1,500 people traveling in and around the Longwood Area, including nearly 500 people who bike. Attend the fall summit on Tuesday to hear what they've learned about local transportation challenges and opportunities. MASCO and the City of Boston will be providing more details about forthcoming improvements for the Longwood Avenue corridor, and there will be time for questions and answers about the future of biking in the Longwood Area. It's not too late to RSVP -- click here.
Longwood Area Cyclists Summit
Tuesday, September 26th, 12-1pm
@ Jimmy Fund Auditorium
35 Binney St, Boston
LivableStreets and the Emerald Network have teamed up with the Boston Transportation Department and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy to plan an event celebrating and exploring a link on the Emerald Network -- the Roxbury to Fenway Connector. The event will feature guided walks and bike rides and fun activities for kids along the proposed greenway, and will take place as a part of the Fenway Alliance's 'Opening Our Doors' event.
Opening Our Doors - Roxbury to Fenway Connector
Monday, October 9, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
@ Parker Street, Fenway
Between Ruggles and Forsyth Streets
Earlier this month, Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone announced the launch of Vision Zero in Somerville! Somerville follows more than a dozen other cities in the U.S. that have committed to Vision Zero, including Boston and Cambridge.
"Somerville strives to become the most walkable, bikeable, transit-friendly city in America, and if we’re going to get there, we must be bold, and we must bolster our dedication to safer streets.” – Mayor Curtatone
To read the press release and watch the press conference, click here.
The Vision Zero Coalition is excited to work with Somerville as they develop a Vision Zero Action Plan in the coming months and hope that other cities and towns throughout the state will follow suit!
We're honored to be included in a new Streetfilms piece about advocates across the country campaigning for better bus service. Check out "The New Bus Campaigners" here.
The Boston Transportation Department (BTD) is planning for a major expansion of Hubway in neighborhoods across the city. Neighbors will be invited to work together around maps, discuss options for new station locations, and suggest the locations that BTD should explore.
Can't make the workshop for your neighborhood? Submit suggestions via the online map, or attend a different neighborhood meeting -- materials will be available at every workshop to discuss all neighborhoods under consideration for the expansion. Check out the schedule of workshops here.
On Sunday, November 19th, the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition is organizing a day of actions to remember those who have been injured or lost to traffic violence, and to demand safe streets for all in our communities. The day will include a Bike Ride for Remembrance and a memorial walk and vigil. The Zakim Bridge and the Burns Bridge will be lit yellow on that Sunday night in honor of World Day of Remembrance.
World Day of Remembrance
Sunday, November 19th
Time and location TBA
Please save the date, and stay tuned for more information.