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.
Employers Honored for Excellence in Commuter Options posted on Mar 26
The efforts of more than 170 Massachusetts businesses, colleges, and universities, who promote active, healthy, and sustainable commute options, were celebrated today for helping Massachusetts to reduce traffic congestion, to promote healthy lifestyles, and benefit the environment. The Massachusetts Excellence in Commuter Options (ECO) Awards …Continue Reading Employers Honored for Excellence in Commuter Options
Longfellow Bridge: “Salt and Pepper” Towers Work posted on Mar 26
MassDOT on Saturday, March 28 will begin preparing to dismantle the downstream “salt and pepper” towers as part of the Longfellow Bridge Restoration Project. MassDOT’s contractor, White-Skanska-Consigli JV (WSC), coordinated with the cities of Cambridge and Boston as well as the MBTA to begin dismantling …Continue Reading Longfellow Bridge: “Salt and Pepper” Towers Work
Work Zone Safety Awareness: “Expect the Unexpected” posted on Mar 25
MassDOT joins local, state and federal transportation officials in observing the 2015 National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week, Monday-Friday, March 23-27, and Massachusetts will be focusing on the month of April as Work Zone Safety Awareness Month. With the start of highway construction season, this …Continue Reading Work Zone Safety Awareness: “Expect the Unexpected”