Issue #83 - March 2014

In this issue: 

  • RSVP for the Boston Bike Update, March 31
  • Mt. Vernon Street Public Meeting, March 27
  • RSVP for Spring Member Party with Donald Shoup, April 10
  • Join the LivableStreets Advocacy Committee
  • Improve the pedestrian signal at your local intersection
  • Myths debunked: Driving is a priority among American youth
  • Vote with your feet to keep late night MBTA service
  • Paris goes car-light

What's happening  


bikeupdateRSVP for 6th Annual Boston Bike Update, March 31
RSVP today

Biking has doubled in Boston in the last 6 years. Want to know how, why and who helped make this happen? Wondering how biking fits into the larger transportation network? Join us for this sixth annual event with City of Boston Bikes Director Nicole Freedman, and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh.RSVP for this event to hear Nicole discuss the future of biking in Boston, including end-of-year surveys, Connect Historic Boston, the Network Plan, and the path forward under Mayor Walsh.

Join us March 31 for this City of Boston event hosted by LivableStreets. #BostonBikeUpdate

  • mountvernonMt. Vernon Street Public Meeting, March 27

Spread the word to friends who live, work and play in the area.
The Boston Redevelopment Authority and the City of Boston are starting a planning process to redesign Mt. Vernon Street in Dorchester. The goal is to create a beautiful street for people to walk, bike, take transit and drive. 


If you live, work or play around Mt. Vernon Street, go to the first public meeting to share your ideas for the street. There is an opportunity to put in cycle tracks (protected bike lanes) here too. Speak up and show your support for inclusive design elements. See more information about the meeting here.


Thursday, March 27, 6-8pm

@ the Corcoran Mullins Jennison Community Building

270 Mt. Vernon St. Columbia Point, Dorchester

RSVP for Spring Member Party with Donald Shoup, April 10 Springmember2 

 RSVP today.

A party is springing up and we want you there!   


Join the LivableStreets community for our annual spring party at Boston's newest event space: District Hall.Celebrate with LivableStreets members and meet and hear a short talk from special guest and parking guru, Donald Shoup. Light appetizers will be provided.


Donald Shoup is Distinguished Professor of Urban Planning at UCLA, where he has served as Chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies. He is also the author of The High Cost of Free Parking and is in town as the keynote speaker at the sParking New Ideas Summit.

Thank you to event sponsor Zipcar.


Want to become a member? Join/renew for only $35 for free event entry.

Join the LivableStreets Advocacy Committee


Help organize, provide technical support, and advocate to drive our Campaign for Safer Streets. Join ongoing projects or bring questions regarding any street design project. Monthly meetings will include trainings and guest speakers.


Email Campaign Coordinator Jamie Maier at [email protected] for more information and to RSVP for next meeting.


Wednesday, March 26, 6:30-8:30pm

@ LivableStreets office

100 Sidney St, Cambridge

Improve the pedestrian signal at your local intersectionped

Are pedestrian traffic signals near you out of whack? Do you wait too long and then only have a few seconds to dash across an intersection? As part of the LivableStreets Campaign for Safer Streets we're helping improve traffic signals across the city.


Be part of the effort to survey and suggest changes to your intersections. Email [email protected] which intersections in your neighborhood you think should be improved.

Myths Debunked


Over the next five months, we'll be debunking common transportation myths. We started last month with one very common myth: Businesses need parking spaces in front of their stores to thrive. This month, we explore another popular myth.
mythMyth: Driving is a priority among American youth
Debunked: We are currently part of a structural shift of changing transportation priorities. "Millennials aren't driving cars," said Phineas Baxandall, an author of A New Direction Report and senior analyst for U.S. PIRG. Read more about this shift in the New York Times article "Young Americans Lead Trend to Less Driving."
Share your thoughts about this #MythDebunked on Facebook and Twitter.



Vote with your feet to keep late night MBTA servicembta1  
Thumbs up for late night service. Let's keep it.
Thumbs up for late night service. Let's keep it.
Starting March 28, the T will run all subway trains and the 15 most popular bus routes until3am on Saturdays and Sundays as a trial service. This trial service is part of the $600 million transportation bill that LivableStreets and other members of Transportation for Massachusetts advocated for last year. In addition to $20 million from the transportation bill, pledges from corporate sponsors are funding this service. Read more on the $600 million transportation bill here.


Excited about late night service? Want it to last? Vote with your feet. The key word here is trial, so if the service is not used, it will not be renewed next year. Members of Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, local union groups, Massachusetts Restaurant Association and college students are especially excited about this service to increase affordable and accessible transportation options. 


Read more about the T's late night service in the Boston Globe's article "Leaders urge public to use late-night T service." #Votewithyourfeet



parisParis goes car-light

Should Boston consider this too?


Paris, France banned half of the city's cars for a day due to smog.
In last month's StreetLife, we shared news of how major city centers across Europe, from Brussels to Madrid, are hoping to go car-free for many reasons, from turning car-snarled boulevards into squares, to planning for biking and walking, and the desire to go green.Read last month's article here.

Then, last week, the Boston Globe published an article about Paris's ban on half of the city's cars due to smog. "Paris imposed drastic measures Monday to combat its worst air pollution in years, banning around half of the city's cars and trucks from its streets in an attempt to reduce the toxic smog that's shrouded the City of Light for more than a week....All public transit has been free for fours days straight to help deal with pollution."


The article also cites similar efforts by other cities such as Berlin, London and Sao Paulo. Read whole article here.


What do you think about Boston going car-light? When might it make sense to? Share and discuss on FacebookTwitter, or by replying to this email. We'd love to hear from you! 

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