Nine workshops focused on “Mode Shift to Healthier State” featuring public health, land use and transportation panelists from across the Commonwealth on steps to fund, educate, design, implement, and increase the number of walking and bicycling trips taken in the Commonwealth.
Topics included: Improving Modal Access for People with Disabilities; The Bay State Greenway: Mode Shift Opportunities; Shifting Modes with Complete Streets; Statewide Mode Shift Initiatives; Making Mode Shift Safer with Innovation; Mode Shift through Sustainable Development;
Design Guidance to Promote Mode Shift; Measuring Mode Shift; Promoting Urban Mode Shift with Partnerships.
Health and Human Services Secretary JudyAnn Bigby, MD, delivered the conference keynote stressing collaboration such as the Healthy Transportation Compact she co-chairs with MassDOT Secretary and CEO Richard Davey.
Conference attendees shared their ideas on strategies to promote mode shift. Wendy Landman (WalkBoston), David Watson (MassBike), Steve Miller (Livable Streets) and Catherine Cagle (MassDOT) from the new Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board focused on the mode shift ideas generated at the conference which will be shared with Secretary Davey.
It is good to recall that in 2009, Massachusetts was ranked as the 19th most “bicycle friendly” state in the nation. Just three years later we are now the 3rd most bicycle friendly state.
Thanksgiving: Travel Safely! posted on Nov 24
MassDOT encourages Thanksgiving holiday travelers to check the latest winter weather forecast and plan ahead with the high volume of traffic on our highways and at Boston Logan International Airport expected this year. Highways are typically busiest on the Tuesday and Wednesday before and on …Continue Reading Thanksgiving: Travel Safely!
South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacements Move Forward posted on Nov 24
Governor Deval Patrick today joined Acting MassDOT Secretary and CEO Frank DePaola and local officials to announce a contract award for the replacement of four bridges in New Bedford and Fall River along the future South Coast Rail Line. The improvements will advance South Coast …Continue Reading South Coast Rail: Bridge Replacements Move Forward
I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced posted on Nov 20
MassDOT and the Massachusetts State Police announced the establishment of a new Highway Safety Corridor Program for I-495 through the towns of Chelmsford, Westford, Littleton, Boxborough, Bolton, and Berlin. The program posts public safety signs that read, “Highway Safety Corridor / Laws Strictly Enforced” at …Continue Reading I-495 Highway Safety Program Announced