Boston ranked number one among the 52 largest metropolitan areas for pedestrian safety, according to a "Pedestrian Danger Index" compiled by Transportation For America.
The Index considered average annual pedestrian fatality rate per 100,000 people for the years 2000-2009 along with the percentage of people who walk to work.
Boston had 483 pedestrian fatalities, or 1.1 fatalities per year per 100,000 people. A higher percentage of people walk to work in metro Boston, 5%, than in any other city except New York.
Promoting healthy and safe transportation including bicycles and walking is a MassDOT priority.
MassDOT's GreenDOT Policy has among its goals to promote the healthy transportation options of walking, bicycling, and public transit.
The Healthy Transportation Compact is a partnership among MassDOT and other state agencies charged among other things with increasing bicycle and pedestrian travel and effectively implementing a "complete streets" policy for all users consistent with MassDOT's award-winning Project Development and Design Guide.
MassRIDES has tips for commuters who choose walking, bicycling, and carpooling.
Aeronautics: Girls in Aviation Week posted on Sep 15
The Federal Aviation Administration has designated and Governor Deval Patrick proclaimed the week of September 15-19 as Girls in Aviation Week. The proclamation notes the importance of the aerospace industry to economic prosperity, national security and citizen safety. The number of women involved in the …Continue Reading Aeronautics: Girls in Aviation Week
MBTA Bus Operator 2nd Time Roadeo Winner! posted on Sep 15
MBTA bus operator Tyrell Sullivan has done it again! Tyrell won the MBTA’s annual bus roadeo Sunday in Charlestown. It’s the second roadeo title for Sullivan, a 29-year old South Boston resident who has been with the MBTA for almost nine years. Sullivan operates buses …Continue Reading MBTA Bus Operator 2nd Time Roadeo Winner!
New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge Study Meeting Set posted on Sep 15
MassDOT is conducting a study of the New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge Corridor, a bridge that spans New Bedford Harbor. The swing bridge connecting the communities of New Bedford and Fairhaven is functionally obsolete, constrains marine traffic, and its opening results in extensive vehicle delays. This study …Continue Reading New Bedford-Fairhaven Bridge Study Meeting Set