Issue #129 - August 2018
Tour de Streets is Saturday, September 8th -- less than a month away! This annual family-friendly event features a 10-mile urban bike ride, a 4-mile family-friendly bike ride, and a 3-mile walk. Join the Emerald Network Team or Get Boston on Board Team -- or start your own! Click here to view all of the routes.
Don't care to bike or walk? Simply join us for the party! Your participation directly supports all of our programs, including Vision Zero, Better Buses, and the Emerald Network!
Watch our promo video to learn why everyone loves #TourdeStreets!
Since the surprise landing of Bird scooters a few weeks ago there has been a lot of public debate and many questions from our members about scooters and other shared micro mobility options.
First, we’d recommend that you check out the resources our partners have already created on this topic: WalkBoston sums up the issues well, and NACTO goes deep. But the LivableStreets CliffsNotes version is this:
Overall, shared micro-mobility (bikes, scooters... and whatever is coming next) is a good thing, however;
LivableStreets is seeking a detail-oriented, full-time Program Assistant to support all staff and programs and to play a key role in ensuring our office operations are efficient.
To learn more about the Program Assistant position and apply, click here. We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible, so please share this email far and wide to help us find a great Program Assistant.
This month, the LivableStreets Advocacy Committee is hitting the streets! Join advocates on a 1.5 mile walk up Broadway and then west across Main Street. We’ll be checking out a range of existing and proposed projects, including the Northern Strand Trail, the platform-level boarding for buses on Broadway, and a cycle track on Beacham Street, as well as hearing from City of Everett Transportation Planner Jay Monty. We’ll end at Night Shift Brewing to debrief and hang out!
We hope to see you there! Please RSVP here.
Update on the End of the State Legislative Session
The FY 2019 state legislative session ended on July 31, and partly thanks to the many of you sending in hundreds of supportive comments, the final budget that was passed secures an all-time high amount of funding for Regional Transit Authorities!
We were disappointed that several other priorities -- including zoning and housing, hands-free, smarter tolling, and the bike/ped omnibus safety bill -- didn’t make it across the finish line. To learn more about what did and didn’t pass, check out these resources from our partners at MAPC, MA Smart Growth Alliance, and T4MA.
Advocacy Updates: Charlesgate Greenway + Northern Ave Bridge
Speaking of the state legislative session -- we're cheering for the proposed Charlesgate Greenway! In this most recent session, MassDOT agreed to help fund the design and construction of a path connecting the Back Bay Fens neighborhood to the Esplanade, earmarking more than $1.3 million. Check out this Boston Globe article for more information.
And also from the Globe, check out this coverage of the Northern Avenue Bridge project, and quote from LivableStreets Executive Director, Stacy Thompson:
"If anything, said Stacy Thompson, executive director of the Livable Streets Alliance, there is a risk of asking too much out of the project. If the new bridge is, all at once, for people, transit, and cars, then it might just wind up pleasing no one. 'We need to figure out what we’re trying to solve, then ask is this the best solution?' Thompson said. 'There are so many questions and concerns about how we get around this city. One tiny little bridge isn’t going to solve all of them.'"
Stay tuned for a public meeting about the Northern Avenue Bridge this fall -- we'll send out more information once the meeting is scheduled!
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