The 2017 Moving Together Conference
Date: 9/28/2017 7:45 AM - 4:30 PM
Location: Boston Park Plaza Hotel
50 Park Plaza
2017 Moving Together Conference
MassDOT’s annual statewide healthy transportation conference
• Attend workshops and panels that highlight current pedestrian, bicycle and public transportation topics
• Network with colleagues representing diverse interests from the public, academic and private sectors
• All new site visits and mobile workshops led by engineers and bicycle/pedestrian advocates.
Thursday, September 28, 2017, 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM
Boston Park Plaza Hotel, 50 Park Plaza at Arlington, Boston, MA.
This Year's Conference Highlights
Official launch of the statewide Pedestrian Transportation Plan’s Municipal Resource Guide, featuring:
• Why is Walkability Important?
• Elements of Walkable Communities
• ADA Accessibility
• Snow and Ice Clearance
All-day program tracks highlighting:
• Complete Streets
• Health and Safety Campaigns
Site Visits and Video Awards
The History of the Moving Together Conference
In 1998, both the statewide bicycling action plan and the statewide pedestrian action plan, called for the establishment of an annual statewide conference for educational and networking purposes. The first two of these conferences were held in Worcester, MA in 2000. In May, at Clark University, 50 people gathered to discuss only walking issues. Later in the year, at the Worcester Holiday Inn, 50 people focused only on bicycling issues.
In 2005, the conference moved to Boston. The first several years, the conference was held at the Marriott Courtyard on Tremont Street. Interest continued to grow until attendance hit approximately 250 persons and the conference moved to a larger venue at the Back Bay Sheraton.
The conference continued to grow and in 2013 the conference was held for the first time at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel. Transit joined the conference as a featured mode. In 2014, more workshops than ever were offered along with the addition of site visits. Over 650 people attended the event. In 2016, the conference sold out for the second year straight! Each year the conference continues to bring together transportation leaders and individuals involved in the areas of planning, public health, bike and pedestrian safety, transit, advocacy, elected office, law enforcement and education.
Register Today! Click on the "Registration" tab at the top of this page
Announcing the 2017 High School Video Contest
Deadline: Friday, September 22, 2017 AT 5PM
Calling all Massachusetts high school students!
Lead the way in promoting safe walking, bicycling, and driving behaviors across Massachusetts. Write and produce a one minute public service announcement video that focuses on safe behaviors across all modes with regard to the distraction of technology.
2017 Moving Together Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors
Gold Level Sponsors
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Silver Level Sponsors
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Bronze Level Sponsors
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$0 (Regular Attendee Fees Apply)
What Moving Together Can Do For Your Company or Organization
When you exhibit at Moving Together, your company or organization will be visited by over 600 professionals involved in healthy transportation, planning, design, construction, public health, bike and pedestrian safety, transit, advocacy, elected offices, law enforcement and education. Take advantage of the opportunity to meet with the key decision makers involved in pedestrian, bicycle and public transportation. In addition, there are several opportunities to promote your company or organization through special sponsorship opportunities being offered throughout the day.
Additional benefits for sponsors and exhibitors include:
• Logo recognition on conference sponsor/exhibitor website page.
• Name and logo listed in conference slide show played throughout the day in the main ballroom.
• Your company name listed in the schedule at a glance that is distributed the morning of the event.
Online Sponsor/Exhibitor Registration Is Now Available!
Please click on the "Sponsor Fees" tab at the top of the page.
Special Sponsorship Opportunities
Gold Level Sponsorship
A GOLD Level Sponsor includes booth space, skirted table and chair as well as the following:
Your company logo on:
• Event sponsor/exhibitor website page and home page, under Gold Level Sponsor (including link to sponsor’s website)
• Email and direct mail marketing materials
• Event brochure that is distributed the morning of the event
• The conference slide show played throughout the day in the main ballroom
• A "thank you" banner featuring your company logo displayed in the main ballroom.
• Company listing on session agenda signs outside each room.
• Two complimentary attendee registrations.
Silver Level Sponsorship
A SILVER Level Sponsor includes booth space, skirted table and chair as well as the following:
Your company logo on:
• Event exhibitor website page under Silver Level Sponsor (including link to sponsor’s website).
• Email and direct mail marketing materials.
• The event brochure that is distributed the morning of the event.
• The conference slide show played throughout the day in the main ballroom.
• One complimentary attendee registrations.
Bronze Level Sponsorship
A BRONZE Level Sponsor includes booth space, skirted table and chair as well as the following:
Your company logo on:
• Event exhibitor website page under Bronze Level Sponsor (including link to sponsor’s website).
• Event brochure that is distributed the morning of the event.
• The conference slide show played throughout the day in the main ballroom.
• One complimentary attendee registrations.
Your Exhibitor Booth Includes:
• A 6-foot skirted table, one chair and one waste paper basket
• Additional chairs are available on request, depending on the number of attendees registered by your organization
• One complimentary attendee registrations
For-Profit Fees include an exhibit booth and a complimentary conference registration, continental breakfast, lunch and breaks. Exhibitor assistants must pre-register online at $100.00 each.
Non-Profit Exhibitor: EXEMPT From Exhibitor Booth Fee
Includes an exhibit booth. Each agency attendee must pre-register online for the conference at $100.00 each. Non-Profit agencies interested in being a sponsor must pay regular sponsor fees.
Government Agencies: EXEMPT From Exhibitor Booth Fee
Includes an exhibit booth. Each agency attendee must pre-register online for the conference at $100.00 each. Governement agencies interested in being a sponsor must pay regular sponsor fees.
**DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION IS NOON ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2017**.
Online Sponsor/Exhibitor Registration Now Available!
Please click on the "Sponsor Fees" tab at the top of the page.
Registration forms can be faxed (413-545-9569) or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome walking, bicycle-friendly and transit-friendly vendors, businesses, professional planning/design/engineering services, educational and non-profit advocacy groups.
Questions can be directed to Aldo Villani, 413-577-2743 or Kathryn Donnelly, 413-545-5403.
Map for illustration purposes only. Booth location is approximate. Exhibitor booths will be located in Plaza Ballroom and on Mezzanine. Booth choice is based on sponsorship level and order of registration payments received.
Cycling in another mode of transportation
South Hadley joins phase 1 of Valley Bike Share
By Kristin Will
SOUTH HADLEY - The town has joined the peloton of communities participating in the regional Valley Bike Share Program.
South Hadley, previously set to join in phase two of the program, was recently added into phase 1, thanks to a Congestion Mitigation Air Quality federal grant received by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.
“We’re excited,” said Town Administrator Michael J. Sullivan.
Along with Holyoke, Northampton, Springfield, and Amherst, South Hadley will be a host community to Valley Bike Share kiosks. These kiosks will be home to bicycles to rent, using a system that is yet to be determined. The bikes at these kiosks are interchangeable, meaning a rider who rented a bike from South Hadley does not need to return the bike to South Hadley, but could return it to a different kiosk in another host community.
The town will have two kiosks. One will be stationed on College Street Bypass, the street that runs between the Village Commons and the town common. A second will be placed to the right of the police station.
“This makes a lot of sense,” said Sullivan in regard to their locations. The kiosks are on opposite ends of town, and both are close to local amenities.
Town Meeting this year approved of spending $15,000 to match a commitment from Mount Holyoke College in the same amount for this project. This is a three-year sponsorship, meaning Town Meeting will vote for the next two years to keep committing $15,000.
“Town Meeting was very supportive,” said Sullivan. Businesses can help sponsor the two kiosks with financial support.
A total of $1.3 million of Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration through its CMAQ program, according to the PVPC, was secured in recent months to cover Valley Bike Share’s start-up capital equipment cost, such as bicycles and bike stations for participating communities.
A request for proposals was issued July 5, said Catherine Ratte of PVPC, for companies to return bids on operation of the bike share as a whole, and a network that manages the kiosks, including the payment system used to rent the bicycles.
There are multiple companies that use different technologies, payment cards and smartphone apps, said Sullivan.
The deadline for responses is Aug. 18. Wayne Feiden, director of planning and sustainability for the City of Northampton is in charge of the RFP, said Ratte.
Being an Age Friendly Community, Sullivan said the town suggested PVPC include adult trikes into the fleet of bicycles at the kiosks in South Hadley. In his report to the Selectboard, Sullivan said other communities supported the idea.
Within the Valley Bike Share communities, as well as UMass Amherst, there will be a total of 29 stations with 290 smart bicycles available to rent. Pricing and system structure have not yet been ironed out. Installation is set for the spring or fall of 2018.
South Hadley has been making an effort to be more bike friendly with the installation of regular bicycle racks around town. They have been installed at town hall, both libraries, the town farm field, and at the Old Firehouse Museum.
It’s all part of an effort to promote walking, hiking, and biking in town, as well as a means to add more modes of transportation. “We’re very, very much aware there’s gaps in our transportation,” said Sullivan.
Article from the Town Reminder
Baker-Polito Administration Awards Support Local Transportation for Seniors, Paratransit Customers
Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Rail and Transit Administrator Astrid Glynn, Peabody Mayor Ted Bettencourt, members of the Massachusetts Legislature, and transportation advocates announced Community Transit Grant Program awards totaling $10.2 million to Councils on Aging, non-profit organizations, and Regional Transit Authorities, throughout the Commonwealth to purchase 148 fully accessible vans to provide transportation services to seniors and paratransit customers.
“These municipal, regional and non-profit organizations provide important transportation opportunities for the Commonwealth’s seniors and paratransit customers in our local communities,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “New equipment funded through this program will ensure reliable options are available to support their needs and ability to get to the places they need to go.”
“We are pleased to award $10.2 million to support these organizations which are providing effective travel for people of all ages and abilities,” said Lieutenant Governor Polito, who attended today’s announcement in Peabody. “We are committed to expanding transportation options and ensuring every member of our communities is able to safely reach the places and opportunities that improve their quality of life.”
The Community Transit Grant Program is an annual competitive grant program administered by MassDOT’s Rail and Transit Division to meet the mobility needs of seniors and paratransit customers. The program is funded in part by the Mobility Assistance Program, which was reauthorized by Governor Baker and the Massachusetts Legislature this spring in the $290 million transportation funding bill.
“These grants reflect the Baker-Polito Administration’s ongoing collaboration with municipalities and organizations across Massachusetts to help them to provide better transportation services for those that need it most,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “I am proud of the hard work that has gone into managing this grant program and I am thankful for the state and local officials, transportation advocates, as well as the MassDOT staff members who are continuing to work to ensure we provide better services for all our customers.”
“The Community Transit Grant Program is a great example of the importance of forming partnerships across agencies and sectors,” said MassDOT Rail and Transit Administrator Glynn. “We appreciate the support from our partners in the Massachusetts Legislature and thank everyone who has contributed to this program and helped ensure that seniors and paratransit riders are able to get to the places they need to reach throughout our local communities.”
“Elders and paratransit customers across the Commonwealth will benefit exponentially from the Community Transit Grant program,” said State Senator Joan B. Lovey. “I am pleased to see the Baker-Polito Administration work closely with our local communities to provide transportation opportunities that will increase the quality of life for people of all abilities who are aging.”
“By providing these new vans to the Peabody Council on Aging, it illustrates a shining example, both literally and figuratively, of the great working relationship among the Baker administration, MassDOT, the Legislature, and the City of Peabody,” said State Representative Thomas P. Walsh. “These vans will enhance the excellent service already provided by the Peabody Council on Aging, and we are grateful to be the recipients of this award.”
“Without the Mobility Assistance grant, we simply could not provide the transportation services which benefit so many in our community,” said Peabody Mayor Edward A. Bettencourt, Jr. “These beautiful new vans enable the fastest growing segment of Peabody’s population – those 65 and older – the opportunity to continue to their vital contributions to our community. And for that, we all benefit.”
The Councils on Aging, non-profit organizations, and Regional Transit Authorities receiving awards includes:
Berkshire Regional Transit Authority
Brockton Area Transit Authority
Cape Ann Transportation Authority
Cape Cod Regional Transit Authority
Danvers Council on Aging
Dartmouth Council on Aging
Franklin Regional Transit Authority
Friends of the Millbury Seniors, Inc.
Greater Attleboro-Taunton Regional Transit Authority
Greater Lynn Senior Services
HealthCare Options, Inc.
Kennedy Donovan Center
Littleton Council on Aging
Lowell Regional Transit Authority
MetroWest Regional Transit Authority
New Bedford Council on Aging
Northeast Independent Living
Peabody Council on Aging
Pioneer Valley Transit Authority
Randolph Council on Aging
SCM Community Transportation, Inc.
South Shore Community Action Council, Inc.
Swansea Council on Aging
The Arc of Opportunity
MassDOT, MassRIDES, MassBike Partner to Continue to Increase Bike Safety
MassDOT is pleased to announce that it has partnered with MassRIDES the Statewide Travel Options Program, The Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition (MassBike) and several Cape Cod resorts to provide a free bicycle safety training program for international students living and working on Cape Cod throughout the summer.
MassDOT is also pleased to announce its new bicycle and pedestrian safety campaign, “Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet,” which debuted in June and highlights the importance of active, alert driving, walking and cycling. “MassDOT is proud to partner with its state, local and nonprofit partners to spread knowledge that promotes safety and prudent behavior on the part of all travelers,” said Jonathan Gulliver, Acting Highway Administrator. “We encourage everyone, on all modes of transportation, to keep an eye out for their fellow travelers and remember that safety is the number one concern when traveling on roadways – particularly those which are used by motorists, cyclists and pedestrians simultaneously.”
“If we want more people biking and walking for transportation, which we do, then these kinds of safety trainings are essential,” said Pete Sutton, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Coordinator. “The program offers everything that a cyclist would need for their safety: a personalized route, safety equipment, and some basic knowledge of the road laws. With more programs like this, I believe that we can substantially reduce the amount of incidents that occur with cyclists.”
Throughout the month of June, nine trainings were held for approximately 265 international students working on Cape Cod this summer. The program was created after several resorts expressed their concern for the safety of their international workers, many whom rely heavily on their bicycles to get to and from work. The student workers are known for biking all throughout the Cape to get to and from work. Often working late, laborers in this industry who commute via bicycle are required to navigate roads that are busy, narrow and poorly lit.
While bicycle safety is always a concern, the risk of collision is exacerbated for international students who are not always familiar with US rules of the road and cycling customs. The training is designed to teach basic rules of the road, with a heavy emphasis placed on explaining American bicycling culture, which often differs greatly with those in other countries. On Cape Cod there are many narrow, dark roads that locals and vacationers are not used to seeing cyclists use. Cyclists are constantly reminded to always err on the side of caution.
Also in June, MassDOT published a video highlighting risks which are present for all travelers on urban roadways, marking the launch of its new “Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet” campaign. The video emphasizes the notion that everyone who is traveling on a roadway is responsible for doing their part to ensure the safety of themselves and the people around them.
A sign posted near City Hall advises travelers to “Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet,” which is MassDOT’s new slogan for bicycle and pedestrian safety in mixed-use travel areas.
In addition to the video, MassDOT has posted several signs around the City of Boston reminding travelers to Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet. The signs, which are located in some of the most traffic-heavy areas of downtown Boston, also inform viewers that “1 in 4 deaths in motor vehicle crashes involve people walking or bicycling.”
To learn about MassDOT’s ongoing revision of the Massachusetts Bicycle Transportation Plan, which will serve as the Commonwealth’s guide to improving bicycle transportation across the state.
The training is part of a larger effort to increase road safety. The MassDOT Highway Division is also pleased to announce that a video has been posted to underscore the need for all members of the public to focus on the safety on all roads. The video says that 1 in 4 fatalities on Massachusetts roads in 2016 were pedestrians or cyclists. In 2016, there were a total of 401 deaths on Massachusetts roads.
MassDOT's Statewide Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Campaign: “Scan the Street”
With the number of motor vehicle crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists on the rise, MassDOT is launching a campaign to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety. The goals of the campaign are to encourage Massachusetts residents to “be aware” of others on the road and, ultimately, change people’s behaviors.
To achieve these goals, the campaign needed a tagline that was quick and memorable – and it needed to speak to drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists. MassDOT partnered with Boston-based branding agency, HATCH, in addition to EOPSS, Department of Public Health, MassBike and WalkBoston, to create the line “Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet.”
To graphically tell the story of the “Scan the Street” campaign, the designs use iconography to mirror the icons used on street signs. The designs also highlight the campaign’s three primary audiences (drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists), and use a graphic arrow to capture the action behind “scanning the street.”
To further promote the idea of building awareness of others on the road, the designs use an orange color, which is sometimes equated with caution. They also include impactful statistics on situations where pedestrians and cyclists are most vulnerable, like in crosswalks and intersections.
The campaign’s video component takes advantage of animation, rather than video footage. This allowed us to choreograph dangerous situations and scenes with people walking or bicycling – without actually having to put anyone in harm’s way. As for sharing our message of safety with the entire state, the campaign will appear on Pandora, digital banners, video, social media, billboards, and local transit.
We are all excited and hopeful at the impact we are going to make on reducing motor vehicle crashes involving pedestrians and cyclists. We all play an important role in keeping our roads safe, please do your part and “Scan the Street for Wheels and Feet.”
Written By: Klark Jessen
MassDOT Celebrates North Andover Pedestrian, Bicycle Access Improvements
MassDOT joined students, parents and local leaders to celebrate the completion of the Safe Routes to School bicycle and pedestrian improvements at the North Andover Middle School in North Andover.
The improvements, constructed by MassDOT with funds from the Federal Highway Administration and supported through the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program, created new infrastructure to support walking and bicycling for not only today’s children, but for future generations.
“MassDOT’s Safe Routes to School Program is an initiative that helps communities in the Commonwealth to meet their safety and educational goals,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “By enhancing key infrastructure immediately surrounding schools, we are able to provide better access to safe walking and biking opportunities for students, parents, school staff, and the local community to take part in healthier travel options.”
The pedestrian and bicycle improvements include reconstructed sidewalks along the North Andover Middle School driveway entrance, Massachusetts Avenue, Greene Street, Parker Street, and adjacent neighborhood streets. Improvements also include ADA compliant wheelchair ramps, intersection re-alignment, new pavement markings, signs, and drainage enhancements.
Since partnering with the Safe Routes to School Program in 2009, North Andover Middle School staff and parents have collaborated with MassDOT to address neighborhood safety barriers for students who want to walk or bicycle to school. School partners receive year-round pedestrian and bicycle safety education instruction as well as engagement initiatives tailored to meet each school’s health, safety and environmental priorities.
“The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program works with elementary and middle schools throughout the Commonwealth to teach the principles of safe walking and bicycling behaviors so that students and parents have the appropriate safety tools to get to school in a fun, active, and healthy way,” said Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program Director Diane Hanson. “The infrastructure improvements can now allow for even more families to walk and bike to school.”
The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program is sponsored by MassDOT with funds from the Federal Highway Administration. The Massachusetts Safe Routes to School model of inclusiveness emphasizes a collaborative, community-focused approach that fosters mutual partnerships between advocacy groups, law enforcement, education leaders and public health departments that all work together to promote safer routes for children to get to school. Participating schools may also qualify for financial support for improvements to sidewalks and other infrastructure surrounding the schools. The program serves over 700 elementary and middle schools in 200 communities throughout the Commonwealth. School partners receive year-round pedestrian and bicycle safety education instruction, as well as engagement initiatives tailored to meet each school’s health, safety, and environmental priorities.
Learn more about the Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Program.
Written By: Klark Jessen
MassDOT: Fourth Annual Safe Streets Smart Trips High School Video Contest
MassDOT announced the fourth annual statewide high school video contest – Safe Streets Smart Trips.
The contest serves as an initiative within the Massachusetts Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) to promote safe walking, bicycling, and driving behaviors within the Commonwealth. The contest began three years ago to encourage high school students to take the lead in showcasing an understanding of roadway safety across travel modes in an effort to decrease pedestrian and bicyclist injuries and fatalities – a trend that has not followed the Commonwealth’s downward shift in traffic-related incidents over the past few years.
“The transportation choices we make on a daily basis have consequences associated with them, whether they are environmental, health, or safety related, “ said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “The Safe Streets Smart Trips high school video contest is an excellent way to engage students across the Commonwealth to critically think about how their transportation decisions can impact their own lives, the lives of their peers, and their local community.”
The video contest is open to all Massachusetts high school students and features a freshman/sophomore category and junior/senior category. Students are asked to submit a one minute public service announcement video regarding safe behaviors across three modes of transportation—driving, walking, and bicycling—while focusing on the dangers that distractions from technology can pose.
Contest guidelines are being sent now to high schools and may also be found on the video contest web page. A grand prize and runner-up will be chosen for each category by a MassDOT panel in September 2017. Winning videos will be screened at MassDOT’s annual active transportation conference, Moving Together, where their creators receive their prizes. This year prizes include a tablet computer, $300 cash prize, and a sponsor prize pack.
The Safe Streets Smart Trips video contest is designed to make travelers aware of how their roadway behaviors impact others and how to exercise care and caution with respect to other travelers. The contest will also draw upon healthy and active transportation benefits.
We invite you to learn more about the 2017 Moving Together healthy transportation conference.
Written By: Klark Jessen
MBTA: Fairmount Commuter Rail Free of Charge May 8-21
MassDOT, MBTA, and Keolis officials held an event at South Station to announce two-weeks of free rides to customers from all Fairmount Commuter Rail Line stations. Customers will be able to board at station stops between Fairmount and South Stations free of charge Monday, May 8, until the end of day on Sunday, May 21.
“The Fairmount Line offers a fast and convenient way to travel between the neighborhoods of Hyde Park, Dorchester, Mattapan, Roxbury, and into the city’s Financial District,” said Acting MBTA General Manager Brian Shortsleeve. “It’s only a thirty minute trip to South Station from the end of the line in Fairmount and even less time from the stations stops along the way. For two weeks, beginning this Monday, we hope people take advantage of the fare-free service, and learn the benefits of quick and easy train travel.”
“It’s exciting to showcase the transit solutions afforded by the Fairmount Line,” said Keolis General Manager and CEO David Scorey. “We look forward to demonstrating the value of the Commuter Rail to members of the Fairmount Line’s communities who otherwise may not have explored this convenient option.”
After the MBTA purchased much of the line in the late 1970s, the MBTA began operating what would later be known as the Fairmount Line between South Station and Fairmount in 1987. Later that year, Morton Street and Uphams Corner Stations were temporarily opened with the Fairmount Line extended to Readville Station. Improvements to the Line were agreed upon to assist with environmental air quality concerns in 2005. Fairmount Station was also reopened in 2005 after being completely renovated. Uphams Corner and Morton Street Stations were completely rebuilt and reopened in 2007 after a 2002 Feasibility Study that identified the need for infrastructure upgrades needed to maintain a State of Good Repair. In an effort to increase ridership and alleviate crowding on area buses, the 2002 Feasibility Study also recommended the opening of four new stations, the locations of which were chosen to provide a higher quality level of bus service and to provide an alternative mode of transportation to the community. As such, Talbot Avenue Station was added to the Line in 2012 with Newmarket and Four Corners/Geneva Avenue opening in 2013.
More recently, in January 2017, an executed contract was approved for the construction of the fourth station identified in the 2002 Feasibility Study (and the ninth station on the Fairmount Line) at Blue Hill Avenue. The Blue Hill Avenue station stop is anticipated to open for customers in 2019.
As the only Commuter Rail line that operates entirely within Boston, seven of the Fairmount Line’s stations are priced for a fare of Zone 1A, which is a $2.25 one-way fare. The Fairmount Line operates seven days per week. This sponsored two-week period comes with the hope of continuing to highlight the Fairmount Line as a convenient option for residents and employees of businesses.
For more information on the Fairmount Line, please visit mbta.com.
Written By: Klark Jessen, MassDOT Blog
MassDOT Focus: Accessibility for Bicyclists, Pedestrians
MassDOT is continuing to focus on accessibility for bicyclists and pedestrians with state-wide planning efforts underway and with a series of events and initiatives designed to encourage active transportation options.
MassDOT is in the process of updating its two comprehensive active transportation blueprints; a revamped version of the Massachusetts Bicycle Transportation Plan (Bicycle Plan), which was last updated in 2008, is scheduled to be released in the fall, while a revised edition of the Massachusetts Pedestrian Transportation Plan (Pedestrian Plan) will be published this summer.
“The Baker-Polito Administration is committed to fostering opportunities for all modes of transportation including individuals who are walking or riding a bicycle,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “We are continuing to pursue fruitful initiatives and develop plans to guide bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure investments and help ensure people through the Commonwealth are able to enjoy their economic, environmental and health benefits of these modes of transportation.
“We are proud to work closely with our partners throughout Massachusetts in advancing bicycle and pedestrian transportation options,” said Highway Administrator Thomas J. Tinlin. “By developing a comprehensive bicycle plan and promoting awareness of bicyclists and pedestrians, we can increase safety, accessibility, and reliability for these and all other transportation options throughout the Commonwealth.”
An extensive outline of MassDOT’s vision and strategy for maximizing the benefits of bicycle transportation, the updated Bicycle Plan draws from in-depth bicycle count data and demographic trends to better reflect and accommodate the ways people actually use bicycles. For example, the new plan aims to create a bicycle infrastructure that facilitates short trips of about three miles or less, which research shows to be the maximum distance a typical non-recreational cyclist will travel on a bicycle. In an effort to promote safe, healthy and efficient transportation throughout the Commonwealth, the new plan makes the case for more on and off-road cycling infrastructure compared to the 2008 version, emphasizing connectivity to other transit options and “Complete Streets” featuring bicycle lanes which improve safety by demarcating the section of roadway on which cyclists and motorists should travel.
The modernized Pedestrian Plan, which is equally important to MassDOT’s vision of an efficient, healthy and safe multimodal transportation infrastructure, will detail MassDOT’s approach for improving accessibility and safety for pedestrians as well as best practices for maintaining pedestrian infrastructure and prioritizing investment strategy. To do this, the Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board, which oversees the development of both the Pedestrian and Bicycle Plans, is identifying methods to make important community services along with housing and employment centers more accessible and develop new infrastructure for low-income and other traditionally underrepresented communities. A large part of this means promoting Americans with Disabilities Act-compliance, which empowers persons with disabilities to be more independent. By promoting walking as a viable component of active transportation in Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Pedestrian Transportation Plan and Bicycle Plan alike will reduce the need for single occupancy vehicle trips, creating a greener, more efficient transportation system in the Commonwealth.
In order to accommodate the growing importance of bicycle and pedestrian transportation, MassDOT has continued collaborating with bicycle advocacy groups as well as municipal, state and federal transportation agencies to develop new initiatives and events aimed at promoting bicycle safety and awareness.
Additionally, Bay State Bike Week, the only statewide bicycle week in the country, will take place between May 13 and 21. During the week, which is a collaborative venture sponsored by MassDOT, MassRIDES and MassBike, Massachusetts commuters are encouraged to cycle to work, participate in bicycle-related events with their communities and spread awareness about bicycle transportation in Massachusetts. Already, events have been scheduled on Cape Cod, in the Berkshires, and dozens of places in between.
To kick off Bay State Bike Week, MassDOT is collaborating with the municipalities of Holyoke and South Hadley to promote bicycle transportation awareness with a special festival on Sunday, May 7, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. The River Roll and Stroll Street Festival is being held on the Route 116 Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge over the Connecticut River and the bridge will be closed to motorized traffic for a “vehicle free, care free Sunday celebration.” The event includes music, food and family activities. MassDOT personnel will be present to receive public comment on its proposed Bicycle Plan.
MassDOT will also participate in Boston’s National Bike to Work Day Festival, which will take place on Friday, May 19 and include several “bike to work convoys” beginning in various municipalities around Boston. The convoys are open to the public and will depart their original locations at 7 a.m., picking up new members at various points along the way to City Hall Plaza, where participants are invited to attend a free breakfast and bicycle exposition. Check information on Bike to Work Day. Convoy stops and times, a convoy map, and convoy leader sign up are available.
Written By: Klark Jessen , MassDOT Blog
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|Tabitha||Town of Norton|
|Kasia||Metropolitan Area Planning Council - MAPC|
|David||Town of Wellesley|
|Craig||Town of Stoughton|
|Sean||Town of Swampscott|
|Todd||Town of Brookline|
|Christopher||Metropolitan Area Planning Council - MAPC|
|Sarah||Metropolitan Area Planning Council - MAPC|
|Amanda||Town of Framingham|
|David||Metropolitan Area Planning Council - MAPC|
|Paul||Town of Andover|
|Patricia||City of Boston|
|Christopher||Town of Andover Police Department|
|Karen||Town of Danvers|
|Dawn||City of Agawam|
|David||Cape Cod Commission|
|Cynthia||Town of Canton|
|Steven||Town of Westwood|
|Carla||Town of Bedford Police Department|
|Glen||Town of Andover|
|Travis||Metropolitan Area Planning Council - MAPC|
|Jeanette||Town of Lexington|
|Anna||City of Somerville|
|Chris||Town of Billerica|
|Suzanne||City of Somerville|
|Sam||Town of Framingham|
|Terry||City of Somerville|
|Michael||City of Boston|
|Tegin||City of Cambridge|
|Marc||Town of Stoughton|
|Steven||Town of Spencer|
|Georgia||Town of Danvers|
|Phillip||Taunton Pathways Committee|
|Heather||Old Colony YMCA|