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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MassDOT encourages the public to travel safely on the 4th of July holiday weekend, drive during lower volume times on major roadways, and use public transportation where possible. MassDOT suspends all construction work on major arterial roadways from 12 p.m., Friday, July 1, through the …Continue Reading Plan Ahead for July 4 Travel
Safe Routes to Schools: Baker-Polito Administration Honors 13 posted on Jun 29
Lt. Governor Karyn Polito today joined MassDOT in honoring 13 schools and individuals for their work to promote and train students to bicycle and walk to school in a safe manner as part of the Safe Routes to School Program. “I am thrilled to see …Continue Reading Safe Routes to Schools: Baker-Polito Administration Honors 13
Longfellow Bridge Closure, MBTA Red Line Diversion July 8-11 posted on Jun 28
MassDOT’s contractor will close the Longfellow Bridge and implement an MBTA Red Line diversion during the weekend of July 8 through July 10. The Longfellow Bridge will be closed to all vehicular traffic, except MBTA buses, from 11:00 PM on Friday, July 8, to 5:00 …Continue Reading Longfellow Bridge Closure, MBTA Red Line Diversion July 8-11