Issue #188 - April


Celebrate Stacy’s Birthday by Signing Up for Tour de Streets 2024!

LivableStreets Executive Director Stacy
Thompson on the family ride at tour de streets 2023. Riding her light
blue bike with a basket in front, Stacy is wearing a light blue Tour
de Streets t shirt and a grey helmet. Behind her are a few adult and
child bike riders; next to the boardwalk where they are biking is the
Charles River

Photo by: Jenna Connelly


Our 2024 registration page is LIVE! That's right: we’re back with Tour de Streets on Saturday, September 21st for walking, biking, and of course ice cream! Register now, start your own team, and invite your friends to join us for fun for all ages. We hope you’ll consider donating to our fundraising goal of $60,000.

The best part about signing up is that it’s right around the corner from Stacy Thompson’s birthday. Help us celebrate our Executive Director by registering and supporting her team with a birthday gift!

Call for Street Ambassadors!

a crew of street ambassadors wearing
chilly-weather clothing, led by Makayla Comas, a black woman with her
hair pulled back and wearing hoop earrings. They are all smiling at
the camera and some hold clipboards displaying the Street Ambassador

It’s our favorite time of year again at LivableStreets – Street Ambassador season! We have a big street ambassador deployment coming up this May and June. With the goal of collecting 400 surveys from bus riders along Columbia Road in Boston. To accomplish this we need a team of 20 or more street ambassadors.

If you are interested in learning how public transportation affects the daily lives of people who ride it, this is your opportunity! Street Ambassadors are also paid $15/shift for their time. You can sign up for shifts here.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Makayla at [email protected].

Columbia Road Transportation Action Plan Kick off on Thursday, May 2!

Columbia Road transportation action plan

Graphic: City of Boston


Do you live or work along Columbia Road in Boston? Then join us at the Columbia Road Transportation Action Plan Kickoff!

Where: Grove Hall Library
When: Thursday, May 2
Why: Columbia Rd will be redesigned to make the corridor easier to travel along. Come learn about the project and share your thoughts. The event will be Open House style, where participants can spend as little or as much time as they'd like. Food will be provided.

Can't make it? Check out the project website for more information.

Hope to see you there!

Call to Action from FICC: Electrify the Fairmount Commuter Line and increase frequency of stops!

part of the FICC poster reading:
Electrification now! No more air pollution that's toxic to our health
& contributes to climate change! Trains every 15 minutes or
better! Rapid, reliable transit for the Fairmount Corridor! followed
by a graphic of a commuter rail train and the logo for Fairmount
Indigo Transit Coalition

Graphic: FICC


As recently reported by our colleagues at FICC and Streetsblog MA, “The MBTA is considering a proposal which would increase service on the Fairmount Line with a new fleet of electric battery-powered trains before the end of 2027... This change would not only provide benefits for residents who utilize the train for transportation, but would also immediately decrease the pollution in the area.”

Despite the good news from the MBTA, the Governor's administration can do even more to improve the Fairmount Line, but they need to hear from more of us to act! Use our quick and easy template to send a letter to the Governor of Massachusetts, Maura Healey, and urge her to support the electrification of the Fairmount Line, and increase the frequency of stops. Click here to send your letter now; it takes less than 5 minutes!


Come hang out with the LivableStreets team on May 5 at Dot Ave. Open Streets!

a table at last year's open streets event,
with an orange tablecloth with the livablestreets logo. the table is
covered in papers with information about local greenway projects, and
next to the table is a large posterboard with an interactive activity

On Sunday, May 5th the City of Boston is hosting an Open Streets event on Dot Ave. From 10:30am - 5pm, Dorchester Avenue will be closed to cars between Ashmont St. to Linden St. Come enjoy this fun event and chat with our team about the DOT Greenway project! We'll be sharing information about the project and leading fun activities for all ages. Hope to see you there!

Greenway Advocates Explore the Mystic River Greenways

Emerald Network Director Abby Jamiel with
Greenway advocates from the Neponset River Watershed, Emerald Network,
Bike to the Sea / Northern Strand, and Mary Ellen Welch Greenway /
Fairmount Greenway

In early April, Emerald Network Director Abby Jamiel met up with fellow greenway leaders to explore a portion of the Mystic River Watershed Association’s greenway on bike. Led by Karl Alexander, Mystic River Watershed’s Greenways Program Manager, the crew explored some of the Watershed’s active project sites. The Clippership Connector, Blessing of the Bay Park, Draw Seven Park, and Wellington/Route 28 Underpass were important stops along the ride.

Check out the Watershed’s greenway progress here and take yourself on a ride of these fantastic sites.








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