Issue #153 - August 2020
Celebrate Tour de Streets and Tour Your Streets With Us!
This year is LivableStreets’ 15th birthday! Tour de Streets is still happening; it’s just going to take place in your home, your backyard, and -- most importantly -- on your streets.
To celebrate our 15th anniversary, we are launching a 15-day Tour Your Streets Campaign. This will be an opportunity to celebrate LivableStreets’ accomplishments over the last 15 years, and to ensure we have the resources to fund the next 15 years of LivableStreets advocacy.
On each day of our 15-day campaign, we’ll be sharing new ways that you can participate and #TourYourStreets. Share your participation with us on social media to build community and connection even while we're apart! This campaign begins on September 15th and runs through September 30th -- check out our website for more details on how you can join in.
Election Day is Tomorrow -- Make Sure Your Vote Counts
Have you cast your ballot yet for the Massachusetts primary election on Sept. 1st? There’s still time! If you requested a mail-in ballot and haven’t mailed it in yet, you can instead drop it off at your local election office, or a ballot drop box in your city. Already cast your mail-in ballot? Track it here. All ballots must be received by 8pm on September 1st to be counted. Questions? Consult the State's Voting FAQ, look for specific instructions from your City or Town, or call your local election office.
You can also vote in person on Tuesday, Sept. 1st. Find your polling location here. Make your voice heard!
Boston City Council Hosted “Healthy Streets” Plan Hearing
On Thursday, August 20th, the Boston City Council hosted a hearing regarding the City’s “Healthy Streets” initiative. At this hearing, City staff committed to making the new bike lanes downtown permanent, and explained their plans to expand the initiative. The expansion will include American Legion Highway -- this is a huge win as LivableStreets' Street Ambassadors and other advocates have been pushing for improvements along this corridor for some time.
Advocates and community members who testified at the hearing commended the City for improvements along Cummins Highway, but also expressed equity and connectivity concerns over the expansion of the “Healthy Streets” initiative.
To learn more, read a thorough synopsis of the hearing by StreetsblogMASS, and read a quick Twitter thread from BTD about what they’ve done so far.
Learn more about other open positions here.
Check out the following resources to learn more about what we've been up to lately!
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