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Moving Together 2012, October 17, 2012Moving Together 2012, the Commonwealth’s annual statewide walking and bicycling conference, this week welcomed a record 340+ participants committed to advance healthy transportation.  

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.

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