The Champions of Change Transportation Innovators include leaders who develop innovative ways to enhance growth of transportation at the community, state, or regional level.
Bob Sloane is a former Massachusetts Assistant Secretary of Transportation and one of the original founders of WalkBoston.
Sloane's Transportation Innovator award recognizes WalkBoston's creation of detailed and easy to use walking maps of Boston and surrounding communities. The maps first debuted in 1995, offering short distance walking tour information including historic locations. In recent years, new maps were designed to show walks in five-minute segments that include interesting stops and transit stations. The popular maps show the walkability of the Boston area and promote the healthy and enjoyable choice of walking. Sloane says WalkBoston now produces more than 60 maps representing locations across the Commonwealth.
In a post on the Champions of Change blog, Sloane said, "Walking has come to be recognized as one of the best – and certainly the cheapest – methods of maintaining personal health. Both older and younger generations are moving into places where they can walk during their regular daily activities."
Read Sloane's complete blog post, "Building Pedestrian Friendly Environments."
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