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Presentation at 2014 Massachusetts Sustainable Communities and Campuses Conference

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  1. 1. walking: ! An essential ingredient in promoting sustainable transportation!
  2. 2. Who we are! WalkBoston makes walking safer and easier in Massachusetts to encourage better health, a cleaner environment and vibrant communities. !
  3. 3. WalkBoston works with communities across the Commonwealth
  4. 4. Physical (in)activity! •  Physical inactivity is a risk factor for many chronic diseases! •  The CDC recommends 30 minutes of physical activity each day! •  30% of Americans report getting no exercise at all!
  5. 5. Walking…! •  has the lowest dropout rate of all exercises! •  is easy to work into a busy day! •  doesn’t charge membership fees! •  requires no expensive, specialized equipment! •  exposes participants to little risk of injury! •  doubles as a mode of transportation !
  6. 6. Birds fly, fish swim, people walk.!
  7. 7. Active Transportation! Partnership for Active Transportation!! “. . .is a means of getting around that is powered by human energy, primarily walking and bicycling.! . . . positive statement that expresses the key connection between healthy, active living and our transportation choices”!
  8. 8. Mode Shift Goal!
  9. 9. Healthy Transit Policy Directive! All MassDOT funded or designed projects shall seek to increase and encourage more pedestrian, bicycle and transit trips!
  10. 10. How does WalkBoston impact mode shift?!
  11. 11. 101 of 351 municipalities have been helped by WalkBoston programs 10,000 2nd graders learned how to walk safely in 50 municipalities $10 billion worth of projects reviewed for walkability on 28 real estate project designs 62 walking maps prepared with municipalities 18,700 children walked in 8 municipal Safe Routes to School programs 96 golden shoes awarded to walking advocates 21 communities provided with advocacy training for residents 43 walking audits led with residents in 15 communities $3,450 on kickstarter raised to match a grant for a Revere walking map we connect people to walking making massachusetts more walkable iBona kable n leaner ucation o make and social up 45%Beyond Boston 20%Statewide 5%National our work by the numbers... 24 years of connecting local, state and national efforts to advocate for change Since 1990 when WalkBoston became the first pedestrian advocacy group in the country, people have looked to us to lead the way on walkability issues in Massachusetts and nationally. On the local level, we develop effective programs by reaching out to communities and responding to their requests for assistance and technical advice. On the state level, we work with cities, towns and statewide groups, and serve as the primary pedestri- an voice on many transportation and health projects. On the national level, we co-founded America Walks, which represents and speaks out for walkers nation- ally. Today, it includes pedestrian advocacy groups that represent over 50,000 people and it leads the Everybody Walks Collaborative. ...and by location 30%Boston
  12. 12. Technical assistance!
  13. 13. Rural walking! 6 miles! 6 miles!
  14. 14. Transit and Walking! Imagery ©2014 DigitalGlobe, MassGIS, Commonwealth of Massachusetts EOEA, Sanborn, Map data©2014 Google 100 ft Image 405-425 Park Dr Boston, MA 02215 -- approximate address STREET VIEW Image capture: Jul 2011 Park Drive © 2014 Google Park Drive STREET VIEW
  15. 15. Safe Routes to School!
  16. 16. Targeting SRTS programs!
  17. 17. Timed Walking Maps!
  18. 18. Project reviews!
  19. 19. A walkable community is: • unique, welcoming and friendly • active, varied, with reasons and places to linger
  20. 20. Allow people to get where they need to go • streets & sidewalks balance walking, biking, transit, with cars • paths and crosswalks are where they are needed
  21. 21. For more information: Stacey Beuttell