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Issue #145 - November 2019
Join us for our StreetTalk 10-in-1! Watch as 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.
Stay tuned for our featured speakers. This is one of our most popular events of the year — don't miss it!
On Sunday, November 17th, the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition is holding a memorial vigil 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. As a community, we will recognize our loved ones, and also demand action from our elected officials.
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 17th — you can RSVP on Facebook here.
In October, we joined Transportation for Massachusetts (T4MA) and many other partners for a packed event at the State House, where we called on our legislators to take action on our transportation crisis.
Congested roads and rising emissions, underfunded public transportation, and a lack of cohesive and connected walking and biking options have contributed to worsening air quality and deepening social inequities in Massachusetts. Learn more about the impacts of congestion on air quality and public health in this video we produced with T4MA.
Do you want to get involved? Check out T4MA's package of policies that can help get us out of this transportation crisis, and how you can push your legislators to act with a sense of urgency.
Check out the New Bike Lane Pilot on the Longfellow Bridge
Earlier this month, MassDOT re-striped and relocated flex-posts on the Longfellow Bridge in order to implement a new pilot that will enhance bike infrastructure on the inbound side of the bridge. The bike lane and buffer have been widened, giving enough space for people biking to pass each other and remain in the protected lane, and increasing the safety and comfort level for people on bikes.
This is an improvement to what was implemented last fall — kudos to MassDOT and the City of Cambridge for continuing to upgrade this design.
This month, instead of a typical Advocacy Committee meeting, we're hosting a Happy Hour with TransitMatters! Join us at the Kinsale in Government Center for some light appetizers, transit heavy conversation, and fun. There will be a brief speaking program at 7:00 pm -- staff from TransitMatters and LivableStreets will share updates and highlight ways to get involved. We hope to see you there!
We're excited that the City of Boston has completed the bus-bike lane project on Brighton Ave in Allston by adding the outbound lane! This is the first all-day, bi-directional bus lane implemented in Boston since the Silver Line. Check out this video we produced with the Loop Lab about the project.
Now that the lane is painted, Street Ambassadors will be out on Brighton Ave sharing information with people about the new outbound bus-bike lane, including how to use it and why it has been implemented. If you'd like to volunteer as a Street Ambassador in Allston, please sign up for a shift by Sunday, 11/17.
Email Kristiana@livablestreets.info with any questions.
The Barr Foundation is hosting an evening keynote and reception with Gil Penalosa, founder and chair of 8 80 Cities. Gil advises decision-makers and communities around the world on how to create vibrant and healthy cities for all.
Thriving cities are places that everyone can call home, regardless of age and ability. These cities prioritize the happiness, health, and overall well-being of its residents over car mobility.
During this event participants will engage their imaginations in creating safer, healthier places to live, work, and play.
For tickets and more information please click here.
- MAPC, Transportation Planner: The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) seeks a Transportation Planner who will work on a wide variety of projects and policies in Greater Boston to encourage more of the region's trips to involve public transit, bicycling, walking, and electric vehicles. To learn more and apply, click here.
- ITDP, Boston Senior Associate: The Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) is seeking a Boston Program Sr. Associate to play a key role in supporting the conceptualization, design and implementation of sustainable transport solutions. The primary work area will be technical coordination in greater Boston, specifically working with the U.S. Director, Boston Program Manager, and consultants to develop a BRT Roadmap planning document that considers infrastructure, operational, financial and communications components. To learn more and apply, click here.
- ITDP, Boston Program Intern: The Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP) is seeking an Intern to work in the Boston office on a variety of projects related to work on the program's BRT initiatives in the Boston area. To learn more and apply, click here.
- US DOT Volpe Center, Interns: The Volpe Center is recruiting talented and diverse individuals to fill these Pathways positions: Computer Scientist, Data Scientist, Economist, Engineering Psychologist, Librarian, Human Resources Assistant, Budget Analyst, Program Support Assistant, Policy Analyst, Operations Research Analyst, and a wide variety of General Engineers. To learn more and apply, 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.
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