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Pedestrian Transportation

By Eric Bourassa, Transportation Manager, Metropolitan Area Planning Council

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council has released the Boston Region's Pedestrian Transportation Plan. 

In June 2010, the Pedestrian Transportation Plan was approved by the Boston Region MPO.  For over a year, the Pedestrian Transportation Plan was developed in coordination with a Pedestrian Advisory Committee and has been extensively reviewed by numerous planning and transportation professionals.

Both a resource and a guide, the Pedestrian Transportation Plan identifies actions that local governments, advocacy groups, the private sector and individuals should take to increase pedestrian safety and convenience, and to encourage more walking.  These actions include changing existing built environments and adopting policies and practices that promote walking.  The Pedestrian Transportation Plan is unique in that it contains Best Practices and Action Items.  Best Practices are programs or policies already successfully implemented by Boston Region communities.  The Action Items serve as a guide for implementing the plan’s policies and practices.

MAPC anticipates the Pedestrian Transportation Plan will be a highly utilized resource for years to come.  The Pedestrian Transportation Plan can also be viewed on the MAPC website at: http://www.mapc.org/resources/ped-plan.

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