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Weigh In on the Massachusetts Pedestrian Plan

Image: The Boston Globe

A draft plan of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s statewide Pedestrian Transportation Plan is available for public comment through October 17th. We need you to give feedback in order to make the plan as strong as it can be. Review the plan here and act now!

City of Boston Releases Vision Zero Update

Image: WalkUP Roslindale

Earlier this month, the City of Boston released a 2017/2018 Vision Zero Update, tracking their progress in reducing fatal and severe crashes, and summarizing their progress on safety improvement policies and projects. In addition, the City announced five new Neighborhood Slow Streets zones, which will receive traffic calming measures and safety improvements that will provide visual and physical cues to slow drivers to 20 mph.

The Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition will be releasing a third annual progress report for the City of Boston in early 2019. The Coalition is committed to reviewing the City’s performance annually to ensure public accountability in reaching its goals. To read the Coalition’s 2016 and 2017 reports, click here, and stay tuned for the 2018 report.

If you are interested in learning more about Vision Zero efforts around the country, check out the Vision Zero Cities conference taking place in NYC on November 7 and 8.

Get in the Zone at Our October Advocacy Committee Meeting

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What is zoning and transit-oriented development (TOD)? How does it affect you, your neighborhood, and what gets built (or not built)?

Join us at our next Advocacy Committee meeting on Wednesday, October 24th as we welcome Jarred Johnson of Transit Matters/Codman Square CDC and a guest from the City of Somerville (currently undergoing a citywide re-zoning process) to shed light on all things zoning and TOD. Learn more about current zoning and displacement issues in Metro Boston, as well as tips for better advocacy in this space that intersects so closely with transportation issues.

RSVP to let us know you can join us!

Register for Our Upcoming StreetTalks

Seats are filling up fast for our two upcoming StreetTalks. RSVP now to reserve your space!

Broken Buses + Incomplete Streets: Addressing Inequity in our Transportation System

Everyone in Metro Boston deserves safe, affordable, and reliable transportation options, but communities of color have been chronically neglected when it comes to prioritizing improvements on our streets. Join us for our fall StreetTalk where we will discuss why and how city transportation planning needs to address these systemic inequities head-on.

Event Details:
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 5:30-8:30 pm
@ Roxbury Innovation Center, Think Space
2300 Washington Street, Boston 02119

RSVP

StreetTalk 10-in-1

Join us for the 8th Annual StreetTalk 10-in-1 as we invite 10 innovative transportation and community thinkers to take the stage and share their big ideas. Enjoy 10 rapid-fire “TED”-style talks, with plenty of inspiration to be had! One of our most popular events of the year – don’t miss it!

Event Details:
Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 5:30-8:30 pm
@ Old South Meeting House
310 Washington Street, Boston 02108

RSVP

Job Opportunities

  • Manager of Fare Inspection Design, MBTA: The MBTA seeks a Manager for Fare Inspection Design to design the fare inspection process under a proof of payment system as part of a new Automated Fare Collection project. The successful candidate must demonstrate attention to detail, understanding of complex technological and policy issues, and ability to work on a cross-functional team. To learn more and apply, click here.
  • Director of Transition, AFC 2.0, MBTA:  The MBTA seeks an experienced manager to complete the transition of internal and external customers to the MBTA’s next-generation fare collection system, Automated Fare Collection (AFC) 2.0. The successful candidate must demonstrate a depth of experience in working across a large organization, with a wide range of stakeholder groups, working directly with the public, and marshalling resources toward a time-critical milestone. To learn more and apply, click here.
  • Various, City of Boston Transportation Department: The City of Boston is still hiring to fill 20 new positions! To learn more, click here.

Mass Ave Bridge Repaved!

Whoooo Hooooo!  No longer will you have to deal with the amazingly poor conditions on the Cambridge side in the bike lane!  This was WAY overdue.

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More from Livable Streets Below:

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BREAKING NEWS

Massachusetts Ave (Harvard) Bridge is about to be much safer!

Over the weekend, MassDOT repaved the Mass Ave Bridge because YOU said you wanted a better bridge! This week it will be painted.

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Just as every new bike lane is a product of relentless advocacy, maintaining the lanes, smooth pavement and public support requires constant dedicated resources.

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Mass Ave Bridge conditions before this weekend.

We heard your complaints about the bridge for years, and documented the worsening conditions on the bridge… bumps in the pavement, gravel piling up, and disappearing bike lanes.

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We worked with government and created handouts for the public. We organized Street Ambassador volunteers to go out on the bridge to collect your stories and signatures to give to transportation leaders to demand change.

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Together, we won a better Mass Ave Bridge! What happened on Mass Ave bridge is happening across countless neighborhoods: a single poor road condition creates unsafe streets.

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LivableStreets is working for you – providing resources, experience, and a network – fighting for better conditions.

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With your support, we can develop innovative resources for local advocacy and continue to provide direct support to dozens of projects in neighborhoods across the region. Please donate today.

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DONATE TODAY.

  

Sincerely,

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Jackie Douglas

Executive Director

McGrath To Get Much Needed Improvements!

I ride through this area on a regular basis, and I can attest that this sort of improvement is much needed.  Highways don’t belong in neighborhoods.

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From Livable Streets:

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McGrath to become more livable!
You voiced your opinion and Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) listened.

Thanks to your support over the past three years, we could see much needed improvements to the McGrath corridor from Somerville Ave to Washington Street around the McCarthy Overpass by next summer.

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Now, as part of the State’s repair project, MassDOT is planning to make additional surface improvements for people to make it safer and easier to walk, bike, take the bus, and drive, when originally the only plan was to repair the structure.

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LivableStreets urged the State to reconsider howthey are investing money in this project. Taking our feedback, the State hired consultants to analyze the possibilities. Last week, data and conceptual drawings were presented to LivableStreets and other stakeholders. The drawings showed new and improved intersections, buffered bicycle lanes, designated areas for buses, improved traffic signals, and the closing of ramps and tunnels. 

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With the addition of a new intersection and improved crossings, you would be able to walk and bike along McGrath and get from one side of McGrath to the other safely and more easily, unlike today.

The new ideas presented are because you wrote letters, volunteered, signed postcards, and attended meetings and spoke up. Now we are closer to seeing these much needed improvements.

Thank you Massachusetts Department of Transportation and City of Somerville!  

Today (top); A vision (bottom)

We are also now one step closer to realizing the ultimate vision of taking down the outdated overpass to make our communities more connected and livable, and pave the way for more businesses and jobs.

The work is not complete though… We must continue to weigh in on the plans and there will be public meetings this spring.

Together, we can make these changes happen! Join LivableStreets today. Bybecoming a member now, you will contribute to helping make these changes actually happen.

Mayoral Candidate Forum On Transportation Tonight!

The Boston Mayoral Candidate Forum on Transportation & Livable Communities is happening tonight!

TODAY, September 17th from 6-8PM (doors open at 5:30PM)

@ the Boston Public Library Rabb Lecture Hall, 700 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02116

The mayoral election is a huge opportunity to improve our city and our communities.

The forum is sponsored by LivableStreets Alliance and 27 other organizations throughout Boston. The forum will be moderated by Paul McMorrow, Associate Editor at CommonWealth magazine, and Stephanie Pollack, Associate Director at the Kitty & Michael Dukakis Center for Urban & Regional Policy and LivableStreets Board Member.

RSVP today for easy sign-in. RSVP doesn’t guarantee seat. First come, first serve.

They are expecting over 400! People to attend so if you want to be there, get there early!  Hopefully someone will video tape it and put it on youtube when its over for those of us who can’t make it.

SHOW UP!  Make sure these people know that we care about these issues and that we want more and better bicycle infrastructure!

Here are three mayoral candidates views on biking from BCU:

Boston’s 12 mayoral candidates are in an all out sprint to determine which two hopefuls will stride past the primary election. Two weeks ago, 10 members of the bike community put 10 questions to them-and so far, three campaigns have answered. Does their timely response indicate the amount of priority they will give bicycles in their administration? You be the judge.

First to respond: Bill Walczak, Dorchester

Second to respond: John R. Connolly, West Roxbury

Third to respond: Felix G. Arroyo, Jamaica Plain

Bay State Bike Week

Not only is it bike month, but bike week is right around the corner.  From the city:

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May is National Bike Month!
While we know many of you bike all year, May is the month to especially celebrate our two-wheeled machines together!
Mayor Menino’s Bike Week Celebration, May 17, 7-9a
Join us for the Boston Bike Week Celebration on City Hall Plaza. Bike in on your own or join one of 9 convoys from all over Greater Boston – including a NEW East Boston route! Meet new cycling friends as you enjoy breakfast by Boloco, music, vendors, and various free swag!
 Find your convoy and sign up for free at  www.bostonbikes.org!
Boston Bikes’ Annual Bike Update, May 21, 6-8:30p
 
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Our 5th annual bike update, hosted by the Livable Streets Alliance, will be a presentation on our achievements, challenges, and future goals as we strive to create a “world class bicycling city”. Come hear the latest details about the New Balance Hubway bike share, the Bicycle Network Plan, parking facilities,community programming, and more.

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This event is free and open to the public and will be held at the Copley Boston Public Library in the Rabb Lecture Hall. Register!
Bike Fridays: June 28, July 26, Aug 30: Mark your calendar for the whole series of Bike Fridays for more convoys, food, and fun on the Plaza!
 
Other Save the Dates
 
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Bay State Bike Week: May 11-19: Find events throughout the state throughout the week, register your company to compete in the MassCommute Bicycle Challenge, and join us for a culminating celebration on City Hall Plaza!
 
Franklin Park Bike & Kite Festival: May 18, 11-4p: Hosted by the Franklin Park Coalition and Discover Roxbury, this annual festival draws families to the park to celebrate the arrival of spring by flying kites and riding bikes. Boston Bikes will provide a youth rodeo and bicycle rentals.
Visit our calendar of events for more bike events in Boston!

Rutherford Ave To Be Upgraded

From Livable Streets:

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Rutherford Ave to become more livable!   

You spoke up, wrote letters, and attended meetings, and the City of Boston listened. Thank you.

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*Photo Credit: Rutherford Corridor Coaltion
Photo credit: Rutherford Corridor Improvement Coaliton (RCIC)

This week, the City of Boston announced that it will reclaim Rutherford Avenue as a true city street, one that is pedestrian and bicycle-friendly, and that knits neighborhoods together instead of splitting them apart. The new surface option design will include:

  • Safe pedestrian crossings and connections between the neighborhood and MBTA Orange Line stations.
  • 50 feet of green, open space to serve as a buffer between traffic and neighborhood homes.
  • Parcels for new housing at Sullivan Square.
  • The connection of the Mystic River waterfront to the Charles River.
  • The elimination of underpasses at Austin Street and at Sullivan Square, and the re-introduction of surface streets with signalized intersections to manage traffic flow.
  • The inclusion of enough traffic lanes to continue to provide for smooth traffic flow and protect Charlestown from cut-through traffic.
  • The extension of Spice Street to Rutherford Avenue to allow for Cambridge Street traffic to bypass the rotary area.

Thank you City of Boston! Later this year, the City will start a design process to

develop the final design. See full City of Boston press release here >>>

Gerald Robbins of RCIC presenting at StreetTalk 10 in 1, Dec 2012

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Since 2008 (link to letter), we have been working with dozens of partners, and most recently the Rutherford Corridor Improvement Coalition (RCIC), for a more livable Rutherford Ave. In 2008, the City of Boston began a project to rethink and redesign Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square in Charlestown. Since 2008, we have been asking you to speak up. Thanks for all your hard work and support. Today we celebrate.

Rutherford Ave To Be Upgraded

From Livable Streets:

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Rutherford Ave to become more livable!   

You spoke up, wrote letters, and attended meetings, and the City of Boston listened. Thank you.

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*Photo Credit: Rutherford Corridor Coaltion
Photo credit: Rutherford Corridor Improvement Coaliton (RCIC)

This week, the City of Boston announced that it will reclaim Rutherford Avenue as a true city street, one that is pedestrian and bicycle-friendly, and that knits neighborhoods together instead of splitting them apart. The new surface option design will include:

  • Safe pedestrian crossings and connections between the neighborhood and MBTA Orange Line stations.
  • 50 feet of green, open space to serve as a buffer between traffic and neighborhood homes.
  • Parcels for new housing at Sullivan Square.
  • The connection of the Mystic River waterfront to the Charles River.
  • The elimination of underpasses at Austin Street and at Sullivan Square, and the re-introduction of surface streets with signalized intersections to manage traffic flow.
  • The inclusion of enough traffic lanes to continue to provide for smooth traffic flow and protect Charlestown from cut-through traffic.
  • The extension of Spice Street to Rutherford Avenue to allow for Cambridge Street traffic to bypass the rotary area.

Thank you City of Boston! Later this year, the City will start a design process to

develop the final design. See full City of Boston press release here >>>

Gerald Robbins of RCIC presenting at StreetTalk 10 in 1, Dec 2012

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Since 2008 (link to letter), we have been working with dozens of partners, and most recently the Rutherford Corridor Improvement Coalition (RCIC), for a more livable Rutherford Ave. In 2008, the City of Boston began a project to rethink and redesign Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square in Charlestown. Since 2008, we have been asking you to speak up. Thanks for all your hard work and support. Today we celebrate.

Rutherford Ave To Be Upgraded

From Livable Streets:

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Rutherford Ave to become more livable!   

You spoke up, wrote letters, and attended meetings, and the City of Boston listened. Thank you.

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*Photo Credit: Rutherford Corridor Coaltion
Photo credit: Rutherford Corridor Improvement Coaliton (RCIC)

This week, the City of Boston announced that it will reclaim Rutherford Avenue as a true city street, one that is pedestrian and bicycle-friendly, and that knits neighborhoods together instead of splitting them apart. The new surface option design will include:

  • Safe pedestrian crossings and connections between the neighborhood and MBTA Orange Line stations.
  • 50 feet of green, open space to serve as a buffer between traffic and neighborhood homes.
  • Parcels for new housing at Sullivan Square.
  • The connection of the Mystic River waterfront to the Charles River.
  • The elimination of underpasses at Austin Street and at Sullivan Square, and the re-introduction of surface streets with signalized intersections to manage traffic flow.
  • The inclusion of enough traffic lanes to continue to provide for smooth traffic flow and protect Charlestown from cut-through traffic.
  • The extension of Spice Street to Rutherford Avenue to allow for Cambridge Street traffic to bypass the rotary area.

Thank you City of Boston! Later this year, the City will start a design process to

develop the final design. See full City of Boston press release here >>>

Gerald Robbins of RCIC presenting at StreetTalk 10 in 1, Dec 2012

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Since 2008 (link to letter), we have been working with dozens of partners, and most recently the Rutherford Corridor Improvement Coalition (RCIC), for a more livable Rutherford Ave. In 2008, the City of Boston began a project to rethink and redesign Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square in Charlestown. Since 2008, we have been asking you to speak up. Thanks for all your hard work and support. Today we celebrate.

Rutherford Ave To Be Upgraded

From Livable Streets:

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Rutherford Ave to become more livable!   

You spoke up, wrote letters, and attended meetings, and the City of Boston listened. Thank you.

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*Photo Credit: Rutherford Corridor Coaltion
Photo credit: Rutherford Corridor Improvement Coaliton (RCIC)

This week, the City of Boston announced that it will reclaim Rutherford Avenue as a true city street, one that is pedestrian and bicycle-friendly, and that knits neighborhoods together instead of splitting them apart. The new surface option design will include:

  • Safe pedestrian crossings and connections between the neighborhood and MBTA Orange Line stations.
  • 50 feet of green, open space to serve as a buffer between traffic and neighborhood homes.
  • Parcels for new housing at Sullivan Square.
  • The connection of the Mystic River waterfront to the Charles River.
  • The elimination of underpasses at Austin Street and at Sullivan Square, and the re-introduction of surface streets with signalized intersections to manage traffic flow.
  • The inclusion of enough traffic lanes to continue to provide for smooth traffic flow and protect Charlestown from cut-through traffic.
  • The extension of Spice Street to Rutherford Avenue to allow for Cambridge Street traffic to bypass the rotary area.

Thank you City of Boston! Later this year, the City will start a design process to

develop the final design. See full City of Boston press release here >>>

Gerald Robbins of RCIC presenting at StreetTalk 10 in 1, Dec 2012

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Since 2008 (link to letter), we have been working with dozens of partners, and most recently the Rutherford Corridor Improvement Coalition (RCIC), for a more livable Rutherford Ave. In 2008, the City of Boston began a project to rethink and redesign Rutherford Avenue and Sullivan Square in Charlestown. Since 2008, we have been asking you to speak up. Thanks for all your hard work and support. Today we celebrate.

Livable Streets Update (And Job Posting)

From Livable Streets:

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StreetTalk: 10 in 1 Request for Proposal submission period open

Ever wanted to present at a LivableStreets StreetTalk? Do you have a transportation advocacy story you want to tell? Are you doing transportation or land use research you want to share? Are you a part of the next hot transportation start-up? Then we want to hear from you!

The 2nd Annual StreetTalk: 10 in 1 is Tuesday, December 11thand the RFP submission period is open now until November 23rd at midnight. Be one of 10 people presenting to fellow community members, advocates, LivableStreets members, and transportation leaders at our last StreetTalk of 2012.

 
Click here to find out more information>>

400 volunteers – Thank you! 

 

Did you know that LivableStreets has over 400 current volunteers that we call on for any given project on any given day? Our volunteers are students, mothers, planners, architects, biologists, bakers, marathon runners, shop owners, cyclists, swimmers, and designers, all working to make streets safer and our communities more livable for you.

Whenever I see a bunch of folks standing on a corner in bright orange shirts I know they are fighting the good fight and getting stuff done.” – LivableStreets volunteer

Our volunteers are out in the neighborhoods, sharing the latest news with residents, giving out information and collecting thousands of postcards to send to our city and state transportation leaders. Daily, they are speaking at public meetings, submitting comments and getting letters to the editor published to advocate for safer streets in the Boston region for you.

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 ”Volunteering with LivableStreets has been a great experience. It’s wonderful to be part of an organization that is really making a difference in the lives of those in the community. I’ve also learned a great deal about outreach, advocacy, and how non-profits such as LivableStreets function – knowledge that will help me in my future work.” – LivableStreets volunteer

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We want to say THANK YOU to every volunteer who has ever helped us with a campaign, work in the office, and/or an event. Thanks to you, LivableStreets is where it is today.

US Cities Gather to Rethink Street Design   

 

“It’s like our city streets have been in a suspended state of animation for decades… they are designed for a different era.”

                                      – Janette Sadik-Kahn, NYCDOT Commissioner

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Jackie Douglas (E.D of LivableStreets) Ray LaHood (Secretary of US. DOT) and Jeffrey Rosenblum (Co-founder of LivableStreets) at the NACTO Conference in New York City.

Why did hundreds of elected officials, transportation leaders, and key stakeholders from US cities gather for a three-day Designing Cities conference last month hosted by the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)? Cities recognize the shortcomings of traditional street design guidelines and are leading an innovative agenda to invest in sustainable transportation projects that re-imagine and reinvent our streets.

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LivableStreets Executive Director Jackie Douglas moderated a panel “Safer Streets” with leaders from across the US. Though every year over 5,000 pedestrians and cyclists are killed in traffic nationwide (worldwide, 145 people die per hour in all road collisions- that’s more than 2 per minute!), most collisions in US cities are preventable. Design is critical. But design doesn’t have to be long-term and expensive capital projects. Cities are being creative with quick cheaper fixes and using in-house crews to keep costs low and increase impact.

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LivableStreets Co-founder Jeff Rosenblum moderated a panel “Traffic signals: integrating space and time,” challenging the conventional wisdom of traditional designs based solely on car throughput at the hour. New transparent design criteria are starting to be used that address mobility of walking, biking, and transit, recognizing that street design is more than just technical number crunching but incorporates policy and social values into the decision making process.

StreetTalk: How Cambridge made mode-shift a reality

Wednesday, November 28, 7:00-9:00pm

@ Ironwood Pharmaceuticals, 301 Binney St, Cambridge

Open to the public, $5-$15 suggested donation   

 

Register here   

 

The statistics look like a mistake. In July, the Globe highlighted a successful mode-shift policy in Kendall Square. Kendall Square has managed to add 4.6 million square feet of new spaces (a 40% increase since 2000) while reducing car trips by as much as 14% in the last decade.

What is the City of Cambridge doing that made it possible to bring new development without bringing new drivers? Stephanie Groll, Parking and Transportation Demand Management Officer, and Geoff Hewer-Candee, Graphic Designer for the City of Cambridge, will share insight about two programs that change travel behavior – one aimed at commuters and the other aimed at residents. Highlighting Kendall Square, learn how Cambridge has made it a priority to reduce car use among its workers, and what the city’s innovative CitySmart program has done for residents’ non-work trips to put Cambridge on the social marketing map.

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Hosted by LivableStreets Alliance with WalkBoston.

Sponsored by Ironwood Pharmaceuticals 

For more information:  kara@livablestreets.info / 617.621.1746/ www.livablestreets.info 

Networking Night rescheduled to December 13th

Thursday, December 13, 2012, 6:00pm-9:00pm   

@ Lir Irish Pub, 903 Boylston St, Boston 

Sponsored by New England Institute of Transportation Engineers

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Register here 

 

Think that transportation has the power to make our city more connected and more livable? Want to meet local organizations working to make this happen? Please join us at our second annual Networking Night. Come schmooze with us and take advantage of this event to expand your social and professional network. Light appetizers will be provided and drink specials will be available.

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Interested in getting involved, co-hosting, or sponsoring this event? Email kara@livablestreets.info for more information.

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We are hiring!

Help us spread the good word. Forward this email.

Join the LivableStreets growing team as a Campaign Coordinator

LivableStreets is searching for a Campaign Coordinator to play a critical part in our growing non-profit organization. We challenge people, government, and businesses to think differently about the role of transportation in our daily lives. We’re working to create a system that better balances transit, walking, and biking with automobiles to make the Boston region more connected and livable. We inspire a vision, build partnerships, empower communities, and create change.

As a Campaign Coordinator, you will be responsible for coordinating LivableStreets’

Help make this happen.

advocacy campaigns. On any given day, you might:

  • Develop and implement campaign tactics and strategies
  • Track transportation projects and policies in the Boston region, and from around the world to introduce best practices here.
  • Interact with city and state agency staff, legislators, and partner organizations and articulate our policy and engineering recommendations.
  • Coordinate production of campaign materials, including, print, email, web and social media communications.
  • Represent LivableStreets at public events, meetings, and with the press.
  • Activate and train volunteers
  • Build partnerships with organizations and key stakeholders.

For more information about the position and how to apply, see full job description here>>  

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Attend and speak up at one of the “Future of Transportation in MA” public meetings

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Future of Transportation in MA, MassDOT Public Meetings
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is holding a series of statewide public meetings, engaging with residents, community leaders and business owners to discuss the future of transportation in the Commonwealth.

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“Every person in the Commonwealth has a stake in our transportation system,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard A. Davey. “Whether someone drives, walks, takes public transit or rides their bike, there is rarely a day that goes by that they don’t interact with the system.

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These statewide discussions are intended to allow you to share your ideas, thoughts and proposals for improving and paying for our transportation network for many years to come. Representatives from each division of MassDOT – RMV, Highway, Aeronautics and MBTA/Rail and Transit – will be available to answer questions and provide information.

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Framingham: tonight, Wednesday, November 14, 6:00pm-8:00pm
@ Memorial Building -Nevins Hall, 150 Concord Street, Framingham
Click here for more info>>

Mattapan: tomorrow, Thursday, November 15,
5:30-7:30pm
@ Mattapan Branch Library, Community Room, 1350 Blue Hill Avenue, Mattapan
Click here for more info>>

Boston: Thursday, November 29
, 6:00pm-8:00pm
@ MA Transportation Building, conference rooms 1, 2, 3, 10 Park Plaza, Boston
Click here for more info>>