Issue #174 - January



Bringing Greater Boston’s Bus System up to Speed

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LivableStreets Alliance, in collaboration with the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP), is excited to announce the release of our report, Keeping Pace: How Greater Boston’s Bus System Can Support a Growing and Changing Region. The report outlines the system's failure to keep up with the region it serves, and provides an actionable plan to get the bus system back on track by 2030. It emphasizes the need for rapid action and collaboration between all levels of government to provide the necessary resources to mitigate some of the pressing issues, like the staffing crisis at the MBTA and overall lack of funding. Click here to read the full report.

ICYMI: An Act to Reduce Traffic Fatalities Became Law Earlier this Month!

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In momentous news for road safety in Massachusetts, Governor Baker signed An Act to reduce traffic fatalities into law on Monday, January 2nd. After more than a decade of advocacy around this important legislation with our partners and the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition, we are thrilled that it's finally become law.

This bill includes many important measures including:

  • Defines "Vulnerable Road Users" to include people walking and biking; roadside workers; and people using wheelchairs, scooters, skateboards, roller skates, etc.
  • Requires "safe passing distance" to be 4 feet for drivers giving clearance to Vulnerable Road Users
  • Requires state owned and contracted trucks to be equipped with lateral side-guards, mirrors, and backup cameras
  • Clarifies the process for municipalities to lower speed limits on both municipal and state-controlled roads
  • Develops a statewide standardized analysis tool to be used to report crashes and incidents involving Vulnerable Road Users

One final change to highlight is that the law does now require bicyclists to use rear red lights at night; however, the absence of a light is not cause for an officer to stop a bicyclist.

StreetTalk 10-in-1 Full Recording + Photos Available for Viewing!

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Photo by Jenna Joyce

If you missed the StreetTalk 10-in-1 in December, or just want to relive the glorious evening, you're in luck! The GBH Forum Network has published their video recording of the event here, and photographer Jenna Joyce captured the spirit of the evening — check out the photo album here.


A New Face at LivableStreets

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We rang in the new year by welcoming a new face on the team. Meet Michaela Grenier, our brand-new Emerald Network Project Manager! She's joining us with a wealth of experience in organizing, conflict resolution, and equity and anti-racism work. She is already getting out in the community and learning about Emerald Network projects. Say hi to her at [email protected]!



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