A strong commitment to pedestrian and bicycle transportation is a key part of the transportation vision of the new MassDOT. Walking and bicycling move people out of single-occupant vehicles, reduce traffic congestion, and promote healthy lifestyles and a cleaner environment.
In the months ahead, MassDOT will strengthen this commitment through better coordination of bicycle and pedestrian projects, investments in pedestrian and bicycle safety, implementing the healthy transportation compact, and making a priority of expanding the pedestrian and bicycle facilities network statewide.
In addition, the Healthy Transportation Compact is a key requirement of the transportation reform law.
The goals include expanding mobility, improving public health, supporting a cleaner environment, and creating stronger communities.
As part of the Compact, MassDOT will establish a Healthy Transportation Advisory Group comprised of advocates and leaders in the field of land use, transportation and public health policy.
Partnerships are being formed with advocates and public health professionals as an exciting opportunity to continue strengthening the commitment to public health and increased access for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Learn more about that commitment and the Healthy Compact at the MassDOT Information Center on the web here.