Issue #125 - April


Issue #125 - April 2018

In this issue:

  • Check out the second Vision Zero Progress Report for the City of Boston
  • Register for Emerald Network StreetTalk at the BPL
  • $5 million for Better Buses, Vision Zero, and Emerald Network projects in Boston
  • Omnibus bill moves forward
  • LivableStreets is hiring a Multimedia Producer summer intern

What's happening 

Check out the second Vision Zero Progress Report for the City of Boston

The Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition released a second progress report for the City of Boston on Wednesday.

The Coalition is committed to reviewing the City’s performance annually to ensure public accountability in reaching its goals. This year's report assesses progress in two areas: Vision Zero Fundamentals and Vision Zero Actions, and provide recommendations for incorporating equitable enforcement and other strategies. 

Explore the Coalition's 2017 Progress Report here.



Register for Emerald Network StreetTalk at the BPL

Registration is now open for our next StreetTalk, "Olmsted for the 21st Century: Creating Urban Change" -- taking place on May 31. This panel discussion is a part of the Boston Public Library Leventhal Map Center's exhibit, "Breathing Room: Mapping Boston's Green Spaces."

The panel is inspired by LivableStreets' Emerald Network initiative and will focus on the current advocacy that is expanding Boston's green spaces. The panelists include Alice Brown of Boston Harbor Now, Tamika Francis of the Boston Alliance for Community Health, Alex Krieger of Harvard University and NBBJ, and Jess Robertson of Utile Design.


$5 million for Better Buses, Vision Zero, and Emerald Network projects in Boston

Earlier this month, the City of Boston announced a major increase in staffing and capital funding that will directly support our Better Buses, Vision Zero, and Emerald Network initiatives.

This is a major win for safer streets in Boston! Please take a moment to thank Mayor Walsh for his commitment to Boston’s transportation future by:

  1. Sending a thank you email to [email protected]
  2. Tweeting thanks to @marty_walsh

If you want to make sure these proposals go forward, stay engaged in the City’s FY19 budget process throughout the spring. We will keep you updated on opportunities to comment in favor of these recommendations and more.

Omnibus Bill moves forward

Along with our Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition partners, we have worked closely with Senator Brownsberger and Representatives Hecht and Rogers to develop a comprehensive traffic safety bill that will prevent crashes and protect vulnerable road users, An Act to Reduce Traffic Fatalities. Thanks in part to your support and advocacy, there has been some progress on this bill! The Joint Committee on Transportation has approved an updated draft with some changes, meaning that the bill will be moving forward to the Ways and Means Committee where the cost to implement the bill will be determined.

To read a summary of the updated bill, check out this blog post from MassBike. Note that because there is a new draft, to track the bill progress it will now be listed under a new bill number, S.2362 (the House version will be available soon). 


LivableStreets is hiring a multimedia producer intern for the summer

LivableStreets seeks a highly motivated Multimedia Producer Intern to humanize LivableStreets’ advocacy through digital storytelling. Reporting to the Community Engagement Manager and the Content & Publications Manager, the Multimedia Producer Intern will develop storytelling content - video, photo, audio, etc. - for online communications related to LivableStreets’ programs and projects. Applications are due by May 7th. To learn more and apply, click here. 

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