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.
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
Robin Chase Appointed to MassDOT Board posted on Nov 19
Governor Deval Patrick today appointed Robin Chase to the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Board of Directors. Chase is the founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest car-sharing company in the world, Buzzcar, a car-sharing marketplace in France and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community. …Continue Reading Robin Chase Appointed to MassDOT Board
McGrath Boulevard Project Working Group Meeting posted on Nov 18
MassDOT has assembled a working group for the McGrath Boulevard Project including residents, business owners and other local stakeholders. The purpose of the working group is to inform and advise MassDOT on important community issues affecting the development of a design for the McGrath Boulevard …Continue Reading McGrath Boulevard Project Working Group Meeting