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.
Plan Ahead for July 4 Travel posted on Jun 29
MassDOT encourages the public to travel safely on the 4th of July holiday weekend, drive during lower volume times on major roadways, and use public transportation where possible. MassDOT suspends all construction work on major arterial roadways from 12 p.m., Friday, July 1, through the …Continue Reading Plan Ahead for July 4 Travel
Safe Routes to Schools: Baker-Polito Administration Honors 13 posted on Jun 29
Lt. Governor Karyn Polito today joined MassDOT in honoring 13 schools and individuals for their work to promote and train students to bicycle and walk to school in a safe manner as part of the Safe Routes to School Program. “I am thrilled to see …Continue Reading Safe Routes to Schools: Baker-Polito Administration Honors 13
Longfellow Bridge Closure, MBTA Red Line Diversion July 8-11 posted on Jun 28
MassDOT’s contractor will close the Longfellow Bridge and implement an MBTA Red Line diversion during the weekend of July 8 through July 10. The Longfellow Bridge will be closed to all vehicular traffic, except MBTA buses, from 11:00 PM on Friday, July 8, to 5:00 …Continue Reading Longfellow Bridge Closure, MBTA Red Line Diversion July 8-11