Boston's Traffic Fatality Reduction Plan Needs More $$$, Coalition Says

December 6, 2016


“The Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition's progress report, scheduled for release on Wednesday, will include a timeline and map 'detailing where and when fatal traffic crashes have occurred in Boston in the past year and how the City has responded to each,' according to the coalition."

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Boston Has 'Vision' for Zero Fatal Traffic Crashes

November 24, 2016


"The vigil was one of many held across the globe on World Remembrance Day. 'Each cut-out represents a person who was killed,' Andrew McFarland, of Livable Streets Alliance, said. Silhouettes pepper Boston streets to call attention to the locations of fatal crashes. One silhouette was placed beside a Washington Street crosswalk in Roslindale in memory of Silvia Acosta, a 78-year-old woman who was killed trying to cross the street."

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Eerie Reminders of Fatal Crashes Coming to City Streets

November 18, 2016


A coalition calling for safer streets for pedestrians and cyclists is placing stark and ghostly reminders around the city this week near spots where people have been killed in crashes with motor vehicles. Members of the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition have created white plastic cutouts shaped like people, and they are fastening the eerie silhouettes to lamp posts and street signs.

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Pedestrians, bikers hold rally for safer streets at City Hall

September 30, 2016


The rally, organized by the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition, aimed to express solidarity with victims of traffic accidents and to call on Boston Mayor Martin Walsh to recommit to Vision Zero, the group’s initiative to rid the city of fatal crashes by 2030, Vision Zero member Becca Wolfson said at the beginning of the rally.

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Bike safety takes center stage at City Hall rally

September 29, 2016


The group organizing Thursday's rally, the Vision Zero Coalition, wants the city to spend more money on redesigning roads; hire more staff to deal with the issue; and deliver on goals laid out last year, including lowering the speed limit on Boston streets.

Mayor Marty Walsh's office said he is committed to all of that. A member of his staff will attend the City Hall rally, promising a significant update on plans.

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Bike, pedestrian advocates to press mayor on road safety

September 28, 2016


Hundreds of advocates and survivors of traffic crashes will converge on Boston City Hall Thursday to press Mayor Martin J. Walsh on his plan to improve traffic safety.

Advocates from the Massachusetts Vision Zero Coalition, which is holding the rally, say they will urge Walsh to move swiftly to devote more money for capital projects, hire additional staff, and finalize goals outlined in a traffic safety plan released in December.

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Plan to cut Boston's speed limit to 20 mph gets hearing

June 21, 2016


Marc Ebuña, representing the nonprofit TransitMatters, and also the Boston Vision Zero Coalition, of which TransitMatters is a member, testified in favor of the proposal during a transportation committee hearing.

He said in an interview that he and those groups believe the slower speeds would “make it safer for vulnerable people on the road and active transportation users like bicyclists.”

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Safety, parking concerns clash in Mass. Ave. bike lane debate

June 16, 2016


Becca Wolfson, executive director of the Boston Cyclists Union, said she would have liked to see the protected bike lane go even further down the street — a move that the city could consider after next year — but she applauded the city’s efforts.

“This plan doesn’t go as far as we’d originally hoped,” she said, “But we believe it’ll serve as a great short-term solution as they worked on a longer term solution.”

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Many Americans want to behave more Swedish on the road

February 23, 2016


"Stockholm has the safest roads of any major city in the world. So, it’s not surprising that cities everywhere are trying to replicate the Swedish model. My city, Boston, adopted it last year.  

“I feel it’s an excellent start,” said Brendan Kearney with the group Walk Boston. “The vision is there. And there are definitely people working hard to make this a reality.”

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Boston & Beyond: Statewide Coalition Launches In Massachusetts

December 2, 2015


"For years leading up to the Vision Zero announcement this spring, Boston advocates and city officials had been working to improve street conditions, not only for drivers, but for people who bike, walk and take public transit, as well."

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