Issue #157 - June



Issue #157 - June 2021



MA Vision Zero Coalition Releases Progress Report for Boston

A graph showing serious crashes involving bicyclists or pedestrians from 2016-2020. The number of pedestrian crashes has decreased from 893 in 2016 to 394 in 2020; the bicyclist crashes have decreased from 422 in 2016 to 295 in 2020.

Last month, the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition (of which LivableStreets is a part) released their fourth annual Vision Zero Progress Report for the City of Boston. Nearly six years after committing to Vision Zero, the City has demonstrated consistent and measurable progress toward its goals.

Here's what you need to know:

  • In 2019 and 2020, fatalities of vulnerable road users in Boston continued on a downward trend, reaching record lows in 2020. What does this mean for Boston's Vision Zero strategies, and how did the COVID-19 pandemic affect the numbers? Learn more.
  • In 2020, speeding increased across the country. How did this affect serious crashes and fatalities involving car driver/occupants and motorcyclists? Learn more.
  • The Vision Zero Coalition made key recommendations for the City of Boston to keep momentum toward Vision Zero. Learn more.

Explore the Full Report.

Updates on Columbia Road: Gender and Mobility Initiative Website Launched

An image of an intersection with a bridge crossing the road on the left; two hands are superimposed over the photo, both holding drawing implements, and there have been bus stops, street lights, crosswalks, and other infrastructure doodled in useful places around the photo.
via Sasaki Foundation

Since last year, Luli, our Environmental and Mobility Analyst, has been hard at work developing the website for the Gender and Mobility Initiative, a project that explores the mobility limitations that stem from gender inequities, particularly the gendered experiences of people using streets. Check out the Sasaki Foundation's featured blog sharing our progress and our newly launched website to read about others' experiences using the corridor and share your own.

You can comment on our participatory map, share about your experience in the discussion board, or take our general survey or Columbia Road questionnaire.

Coalition Statement on Gov. Baker’s Road Safety Legislation

An graphic of scales of justice, each side balancing an icon of a person buckled into a seatbelt. One icon indicates a white person, and is lifted high up; the other indicates a Black person, and is dropped farther down.
image via ACLU

In late April, the Baker Administration announced a wide-ranging road safety bill, “An Act Relative to Improving Safety on the Roads of the Commonwealth.” In response, LivableStreets and the MA Vision Zero Coalition released a statement detailing our perspective on the legislation. While there are elements of the bill that align with policies the Coalition has long advocated for, there are several pieces of the bill we find deeply troubling, including an emphasis on police enforcement.

Read the full statement.

Do You Like Our Website? Take our Website Survey + Be Entered to Win a Prize!

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We're updating the LivableStreets website and we want to hear from you! User experience, accessibility, and a site that's easy to navigate are all priorities for us, and one of the best ways to learn what is or isn't working is to ask people who use the site. As a bonus, we'll be giving away a $20 gift card at random to someone who completed the survey! Click here if you want to visit the LivableStreets website first; otherwise, you can go directly to the survey.

Save the Date: Tour de Streets on Saturday, 9/18!

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Tour de Streets is officially on the calendar -- save the date for Saturday, September 18th! While many details still have to be ironed out, we hope you'll mark your calendars and join for LivableStreets' biggest annual fundraiser.

Stay tuned for more information soon!


Received Cummings Foundation Grant for Planners of Color Network

A line of people of color stand arm-in-arm in front of a wall and smile at the camera. In the center is Anabelle Rondon, Director of Great Neighborhoods.
image via the Cummings Foundation

We are thrilled to announce that the Planners of Color Network recently received a grant from the Cummings Foundation to support their work! LivableStreets Alliance is a proud host and sponsor of the network and looks forward to supporting this incredible effort. To learn more about the network, visit their website at www.plannersofcolor.org.

“I am extremely grateful to the Cummings Foundation for this critical early support to the Planners of Color Network,” said Anabelle Rondon, co-founder and manager of the network. "As a result of this award, we will be able to develop a formal independent governance structure for the Planners of Color Network that can support the long term viability of the group. It will also support the coordination of programming and further develop a social network for leaders of color who are feeling isolated, yet are willing to take action steps to create the conditions that will allow them to rise up in the industry and support up the next generation of planners."

Learn more about the Cummings Foundation here.



  • City of Brookline - Brookline Transportation Board: The Brookline Select Board is currently soliciting applications for positions on the Transportation Board, and we expect the Select Board to start interviewing candidates very soon. Learn more and apply here.
  • Multiple Positions - MA Public Health Association: MPHA is hiring for the following positions:
    • Central and Western MA Campaign Coordinator: This part-time position will be part of an MPHA-based team leading the Transit Justice & Stable Neighborhoods campaign. Learn more and apply here.
    • Fall 2021 Internship: The intern will play an important role in policy analysis, research, writing, and/or advocacy on key MPHA policy priorities. Learn more and apply here.
  • Director of Development - MassBudget: The Director will shape and oversee MassBudget’s development plans for foundations, organizations, and major and small individual donors. Learn more and apply here.
  • Events Coordinator - Boston Cyclists Union: This role will play a central role in managing the Boston Cyclists Union’s (BCU) membership, fundraising, events, and volunteer activities. Learn more and apply here.
  • Program Manager - WalkBoston: WalkBoston is seeking a Program Manager to lead their statewide technical assistance programs that work to improve the safety and quality of the walking environment. Learn more and apply here.
  • Multiple Positions - Boston Harbor Now:
    • Community Engagement Specialist - Boston Harbor Now: The ideal candidate would be excited to help connect folks from all of Boston's neighborhoods (and beyond) to Boston Harbor. Part of the work will focus on Moakley Park. Learn more and apply here.
    • Digital Marketing Intern: This summer, Boston Harbor Now seeks a qualified intern to support marketing of the organization’s programs and initiatives. Learn more and apply here.
  • Community Liaison - MBTA: The MBTA is seeking a Community Liaison to join the MBTA Community Engagement team to aid the Authority in conducting near-term community outreach and engagement. This position will be responsible for supporting the community engagement process regarding service and policy changes at well as capital projects at the MBTA. Learn more and apply here.

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