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Issue #134 - January 2019
Please join us for a Day of Action at the State House on the morning of Wednesday, January 23rd. We'll go door-to-door and ask our representatives and senators to support traffic safety legislation around three key issues: hands-free use of mobile devices, automated enforcement, and truck safety. This legislation will save lives, reduce injuries, and bring us closer to Vision Zero. To learn more about these issues, click here. No experience needed!
Day of Action at the State House
Wednesday, January 23, 2019, 9:30 am to 12:00 pm
@ Massachusetts State House, Room 437
24 Beacon Street, Boston, MA
Did you hear the great news? MassDOT has decided to ground the MassPike and elevate Soldiers Field Road in the half-mile "throat" section of the Allston I-90 Interchange Project. This was made possible because of decades of hard work by the self-trained, on-the-ground advocates of the People's Pike -- thank you to our 2017 Advocates of the Year!
Huge shout out to people like Bob Sloan from WalkBoston, Allston resident Harry Mattison, and the dozens of other people who have dedicated their time over the past many years to this project.
Despite Boston Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby's claims, "bike-lane fever" isn't breaking. In case you missed it, LivableStreets and partner Boston Cyclists Union penned a response to Jacoby's fear-mongering, inaccurate column claiming that bike ridership is on the decline, and LivableStreets executive director Stacy Thompson went toe-to-toe with Jacoby on NECN's The Take last Thursday night to debate the issue. You can watch the debate here.
Mystic River Watershed Association
The Mystic River Watershed Association is hosting a community meeting to share feedback and initial ideas for new parks, walking/biking paths and opportunities for better access to the waterfront. Enjoy free pizza and good conversation at this kid-friendly event! The Charlestown Lower Mystic Greenway is a proposed link in our Emerald Network and would complete a gap in the existing Charlestown Harbor Walk.
RSVP encouraged but not required. Click here to learn more or RSVP.
Charlestown Lower Mystic Community Meeting
Wednesday, January 30, 6:30-8:00 pm
@ Harvard-Kent Elementary School Cafeteria
50 Bunker Hill St, Charlestown, MA 02129
Do you enjoy discussions about how we can better plan and design neighborhood streets and public spaces? Do you wish city leaders were held more accountable for building equitable streets? We invite you to actively work on a team that is addressing these issues today.
LivableStreets is currently seeking board and committee members with knowledge or interest in one or more of the following areas: community organizing, policy development, fundraising, or strategic planning. LivableStreets board and committee members enjoy camaraderie, mentorship, and skill-sharing while taking a proactive role in driving the planning and priorities of our organization.
Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org if you or someone you know is interested in joining our board, internal committee, or external committee.
Learn About the MA Commission on the Future of Transportation at Our January Advocacy Committee Meeting
What is the Governor's Commission on the Future of Transportation and what was in the report just released in December? How do these recommendations relate to the work LivableStreets does?
Join us at our next Advocacy Committee meeting on Wednesday, January 23rd. We'll set goals and discuss strategy as a committee for 2019, followed by a discussion with LivableStreets executive director Stacy Thompson on the work of the Governor's Commission on the Future of Transportation.
Image: Peter Holmgren
Community Organizer, Boston Cyclists Union: Passionate about bikes and organizing for change? Like working as part of a small, committed team with passionate and involved members? This position might be for you! To learn more, click here.
Grants Coordinator, MassTrails: The MassTrails Grants Coordinator will be responsible for managing all aspects of the Recreational Trails Grants and State Capital Trails Grants programs (approximately 60-70 grant projects / year, and over 200 open projects). To learn more and apply, click here.
- Coordinator of Inclusive Technology, Institute for Human Centered Design: This position encompasses both external and internal coordination of inclusive technology organizational activities. Reporting to the Executive Director, the successful candidate will assist in the coordination of the organization’s technology tasks pertaining to consulting and design services as well as internal core project responsibilities. To learn more, click here.
Check out the following resources to learn more about what we've been up to lately!
- Press: Read local and national press featuring LivableStreets and our work.
- StreetFilms: Watch videos highlighting our advocacy and events.
- The Public Way: Transportation, Health, and Livable Communities Blog: Join Steve Miller, one of our founding board members, as he explores how our transportation system and built environment can be better structured to improve our lives, health, and the planet.