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WalkBoston is one of the leading pedestrian groups in the country and is the only organization advocating statewide to improve everyday walking conditions for this most basic, enjoyable, healthy and environmentally friendly form of transportation. We help to transform Massachusetts communities into more walkable places. We work by influencing public policies and development decision-making in ways that produce a more pedestrian-friendly built environment and by developing and piloting innovative community programs that both encourage people to walk and reduce the social and physical barriers to walking. We collaborate with neighborhood grassroots groups, with transportation and neighborhood planners, and with many other non-profit organizations.
Some of our recent successes include:
Training youth and young adults in the Grove Hall neighborhood of Boston to report walking problems to the Boston Constituent Service Office – of the 134 problems reported, such as uneven bricks, dead animals, graffiti, potholes and clogged catch basins, 75% were fixed in a timely fashion.
Organizing local residents to develop an effective sidewalk snow clearance campaign in Somerville that improved shoveling and led to adoption of a new ordinance designed to strengthen the City's enforcement of shoveling.
Working with Watertown parents and Safe Routes to Schools organizers to persuade the public works department to take responsibility for shoveling curb ramps along walking school bus routes.
Engaging residents, youth and municipal staff to advocate for good walking conditions in Mattapan and Fitchburg through workshops and walking audits.
Convincing the state's Transportation Department to reconsider their designs of major bridge projects to add better accommodation for walking.