Issue #169 - August


Double (or Quadruple??) Your Tour de Streets Impact!

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Is it just us, or has this summer flown by? Somehow, Tour de Streets is only ten days away, and we still have a lot of funds to raise.

But there's good news, too: thanks to a matching gift from the Lawrence & Lillian Solomon Foundation, you can double your impact up to $15k!

And don't forget that many employers will match donations made by their employees. Don't forget to check—you might be able to quadruple your impact. What an incredible possibility!

Can we count on you to help us reach our $60k goal?

pssst...If you haven't registered yet, it's not too late! If you have already registered or donated, thank you so much! We can't wait to see you on September 10th!

Orange Line Shutdown - How to Get Around + How to Help Out

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As you may have heard, between August 19th and September 20th the MBTA will shutdown the Orange Line to conduct major updates. Without this closure updates would take five years to complete. For many this shutdown will be frustrating and scary. LivableStreets has put together a mini guide showing how to get around the Metro Boston area during the Orange Line shutdown. Feel free to share with family and friends!

Additionally, LivableStreets is working with the MBTA to place volunteers at Orange Line stations they have familiarity with, and help folks navigate from the shuttle stations to their final destination or connecting services. If you have interest in volunteering please email Makayla at [email protected].

Primary Elections Upcoming—Check Out our Candidate Questionnaire Responses!

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Last month the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition and the Great Neighborhoods Network distributed a questionnaire to all Governor and Lieutenant Governor candidates in Massachusetts on issues related to mobility/transportation and housing. The candidate questionnaire responses are now in—check out candidate responses here!

As a reminder, the primary election is coming up on Tuesday, September 6th! For more detailed election information click here, and to find your polling place, click here.

Open Streets - Blue Hill Ave

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It was a pleasure seeing our friends and supporters at the Blue Hill Ave Open Streets event! As usual the turnout was great, and it was amazing to see everyone using the street space to walk, bike, skate, and have fun!

If you attended the Open Streets events along Centre Street and Blue Hill Ave and thought that more neighborhoods in Boston should have as much fun as you did, spread the joy of Open Streets and volunteer for the upcoming event on Dorchester Ave in September. Email Makayla at [email protected] if you are interested.


End of Summer Thank Yous + New Adventures

Photographs of Nrithya Renganathan, an Indian-American woman, and Olivia Poston, a blonde white woman, with their titles below their names.

Although it feels like they just got here, our intern Nrithya and fellow Olivia have already finished up their summer projects. And what incredible work they did! Nrithya created a one-pager about fare-free buses that will be instrumental to our engagement work. Olivia's hard work updating Emerald Network maps means we have tools that we need to continue moving forward with our greenways advocacy. You'll be able to see them soon on the Emerald Network maps page.

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We have also sent our best wishes to Program Director Ambar Johnson as she embarks upon a new adventure as a fellow in the third cohort of Public Voices Fellowship on the Climate Crisis at the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. We're immensely proud of her and the work she has done for the Emerald Network over the last three years. While we will miss her, we can't wait to see what she does next!



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