Issue #132 - November



Issue #132 - November 2018



Seats are Filling Up Fast for the 8th Annual StreetTalk 10-in-1

Image: Peter Holmgren

Join us for our StreetTalk 10-in-1! Hear innovative transportation and community thinkers take the stage and share their big ideas. Enjoy ten rapid-fire "TED"-style talks, with plenty of inspiration to be had!

Registration is free, and if you are a LivableStreets member, you will receive VIP seating on the ground floor and a free drink ticket.

Event Details:
StreetTalk 10-in-1
Tuesday, December 4th, 6:00 - 8:30 pm (Doors open at 5:30pm)
@ Old South Meeting House
310 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02108

Stay tuned for our featured speakers. This is one of our most popular events of the year -- don’t miss it!

P.S. Check out photos from our most recent StreetTalk on October 25th -- Broken Buses and Incomplete Streets: Addressing Inequity in our Transportation System.

Join Us For World Day of Remembrance on November 18th

Image: Kyle Ramey

On Sunday, November 18th, the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition is organizing a day of action as a part of the international World Day of Remembrance. Stand in solidarity to honor those who have been injured or killed by a road traffic crash. The vast majority of these crashes are preventable through engineering, education and enforcement. In numbers, we can recognize our loved ones, and also demand action from our elected officials. The program will include a vigil on the steps of the State House, a silent walk of remembrance, and a silent action at Boston City Hall Plaza.

Event Details:
World Day of Remembrance
Sunday, November 18th
1:45 pm | Gather on the steps of Massachusetts State House for a Memorial Vigil
2:00 pm | Memorial Vigil begins
2:45 pm | Silent Memorial Walk to Boston City Hall Plaza for action

Please dress warmly and wear yellow in remembrance of those we’ve lost to traffic crashes. We hope to see you there on Sunday, November 18th -- you can RSVP on Facebook here!

End of Season Bus Update

Rendering of new safety and bus infrastructure on Mass Ave South in Cambridge

Better Buses are on the move! Check out all of the amazing progress on bus-only lanes and other improvements across Metro Boston that have come together in the last few months:

Everett: Broadway - Through a partnership with the Barr Foundation and ITDP, the City of Everett expanded on their 2017 bus-only lane success on Broadway by piloting platform level boarding with the installation of several temporary platforms. These platforms allow all bus riders to board and exit without delay -- just like on a subway.  

Arlington: Mass Ave - Also in partnership with the Barr Foundation and ITDP, this project piloted a bus-only lane during the morning rush hour and adjusted traffic signals to improve traffic flow. The pilot ran for one month, from October 9th through November 9th, and the Town is currently analyzing data to determine if the pilot should be made permanent. Weigh in at a community forum on November 14th!

Cambridge/ Watertown: Mt. Auburn StreetAlso in partnership with the Barr Foundation and ITDP, recently installed improvements include a shared bus-bike lane in both directions for portions of Mt. Auburn Street, as well as signal upgrades to prioritize buses. 

Cambridge: Mass Ave (South)We're especially excited about the new bus infrastructure and safety improvements right around the corner from the LivableStreets office -- along Mass Ave between Memorial Drive and Sidney Street. This project includes protected bike lanes, sections of bus-only lanes, and transit signal priority -- aiming to improve safety and mobility for people walking, biking, and riding the bus on this corridor.



Learn About Automated Fare Collection (AFC) 2.0 at our November Advocacy Committee Meeting

All-door boarding, made possible through AFC 2.0, would help speed up this process

What is AFC 2.0 and how will it change the way you board, pay, and transfer between the bus, subway, Green Line, and commuter rail? What benefits should you expect to see from this new technology? 

Join us at our next Advocacy Committee meeting on Wednesday, November 28th as we welcome Laurel Paget-Seekins and Anthony Thomas from the MBTA to provide an overview of the new fare payment system, AFC 2.0. Their presentation will be followed by a discussion led by LivableStreets co-founder Jeff Rosenblum, who is studying some of the larger policy questions of this new system, including where low-income fares could fit in. 

Share Your Safety Concerns for Two Neighborhoods

Redesigning Columbia Road was designated as a Go Boston 2030 priority project in 2015, with the goal of creating a neighborhood-friendly street and green connection between two major parks. Both Franklin and Moakley Parks are currently undergoing visioning plans and improvements, but progress for Columbia Road has been fragmentary, lacking any collective vision. Your input can help to inform the conversations about a vision for redesigning Columbia Road. If you live, work, or travel on Columbia Road, please take our Columbia Road Survey today.

After a spree of recent traffic crashes in South Boston, including one that claimed the life of a two-year-old in July 2018, neighbors in South Boston are calling for increased safety measures. Your input can help to inform the conversations that are happening in South Boston right now. If you live, work, or travel through South Boston, please take our South Boston Street Safety Survey today.

Save the Date for Giving Tuesday

'Tis the season for "Streetsgiving"! Save the date for #GivingTuesday, a global movement of giving, on Tuesday, November 27th. Make your year-end contribution to LivableStreets or become a sustaining member or volunteer. Help us make 2019 a year of greater accountability and action in transportation in Metro Boston -- give now!

In the two weeks leading up to Giving Tuesday we'll be sharing member, volunteer, and staff stories on social media using the hashtags #StreetsGiving and #StreetsDoing. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and tag and share!

Thank you!

Check out the following resources to learn more about what we've been up to lately!