[*BCM*] How is Boston Completing its Streets? Jan 12 StreetTalk
kara at livablestreets.info
Mon Dec 27 19:16:19 EST 2010
How is Boston Completing its Streets?
LivableStreets Alliance StreetTalk
Wednesday, January 12, 7-9 pm
@ LivableStreets office, 100 Sidney St, Cambridge
Open to the public. $5-$10 suggested donation. invite friends on Facebook
Mayor Menino has told us, “The car is no longer king in Boston.” Is a new
wave of urban planning upon us? Boston is ready to put pedestrians,
bicyclists and transit users on equal footing with drivers and promote a
vision of streets which are safe, attractive and conducive to healthy,
active transportation. What would you do to make Boston’s streets more
livable, safe and accessible?
In 2003, a coalition of national advocates coined the phrase "Complete
Streets" as a way to better communicate the inclusion of bicycles in
everyday transportation planning to government officials and the general
public. Today, the movement has grown more powerful than just the
accommodation of bicycles and has been adopted in more than 200 Complete
Streets policies across the U.S, including Boston!
Under leadership of Vineet Gupta, Transportation Planning Director, Boston
recently embarked on the development of “Complete Streets” guidelines to
equitably plan for all modes of travel including pedestrians, bicyclists,
motorists, transit riders and persons with disabilities in the redesign and
retrofit of city streets. The initiative is organized around three themes:
Multimodal, Green, and Smart. Toole Design Group and Utile Inc. are on the
consulting team for the city, providing national best practices to the
initiative. The guidelines are expected to be completed by spring 2011.
Would you like to participate in the public review of this new initiative?
Please join us in learning about this exciting new initiative from Mr. Gupta
and engaging in the discussion of what “Complete Streets” means for Boston.
Further reading on the subject:
Boston Globe, "The Future of Crossing the
Vineet Gupta has led the City in the publication of Access Boston, a
city-modal plan that includes Boston’s first bicycle plan, was active in the
street designs along the Greenway, formalized pollution-reducing parking
polices, installed bus-priority lanes and designed the streets and sidewalks
along the Greenway. His work is driven by a commitment to public process
involving environmental advocates, neighborhood residents and businesses,
and public agencies.
Questions regarding the StreetTalk? E-mail kara at livablestreets.info or call
Kara ObergI Event Coordinator Intern
LivableStreets Alliance I Rethinking Urban Transportation
kara at livablestreets.info
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