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"Livability means being able to take your kids to school, go to work, see a doctor, drop by the grocery store or Post Office, go out to dinner and a movie, and play with your kids at the park – all without having to get in your car." — Ray LaHood, former U.S. Secretary of Transportation
The MPO engages in a variety of efforts to improve bicyclists' and pedestrians' safety, comfort, and ease of travel throughout the Boston region. MPO staff support the Boston region's bicycle and pedestrian planning needs through ongoing data collection, analysis, and technical assistance. The products of these planning activities include:
The MPO gathers data on bicycle and pedestrian volumes at locations throughout the Boston region and provides the travel counts online for public use.
- Register to conduct a bicycle and pedestrian count.
Online Livability Resources
- The MPO Livability Indicators Database provides data related to livability in the Boston region.
- 2017: Pedestrian Report Card Assessment
- 2017: Fairmount Line Station Access Analysis
- 2017: Bicycle Network Gaps – Feasibility Evaluation (work in progress)
- 2015: Pedestrian Signal Phasing Study
- 2014: Bicycle Network Evaluation
- 2014: 2013 Bicycle and Pedestrian Data Collection
- 2012: Safe Access to Transit for Pedestrians and Bicyclists
The purpose of the Livable Community Workshop Program is to:
- Educate communities about the concepts of livability
- Encourage community awareness of how design influences livability
- Facilitate discussion about how livability concepts may be incorporated into the host community
Each of the 101 cities and towns that make up the Boston metropolitan region are eligible to host a Livable Community Workshop. MPO staff plan and facilitate each event, along with local organizers, to help educate the selected community about livability and how its precepts may be incorporated into the municipality’s planning efforts. Workshops are tailored to the needs or goals of the selected community.
- Apply for a free community workshop on livability concepts and how they may be incorporated into your city or town.
- If you are interested in learning more about livability, the MPO list of additional livability resources (pdf) (html) includes specific tools as well as the names of entire agencies and organizations related to livability.
For more information about the MPO's Bicycle, Pedestrian, and Livability Activities, please contact Casey Claude, MPO staff, at 857.702.3707 or firstname.lastname@example.org.