By signing onto a Community Compact agreement with the Baker-Polito Administration in March 2016, Mayor Stephanie M. Burke began the implementation of safer streets throughout our community to provide access for all pedestrians (including those needing handicap accessibility), bicyclists, motorists, and users of public transportation.
The City was one of the first recipients of a Complete Streets grant from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for $400,000 to fund several Complete Streets projects on High Street, Salem Street, Winthrop Circle and Boston Avenue. Beyond these specific projects, the agreement requires integrating Complete Streets concepts into all transportation improvements.
Mayor Burke appointed members of the community to a Complete Streets Committee that works diligently within the community to discuss areas of improvements, feedback on projects and brainstorm ideas moving forward. In collaboration with the City, the group is organizing a “Livable Community Workshop” on November 1st at 8 a.m. in the Alden Chambers at Medford City Hall.
The “Livable Community Workshop” is an educational and interactive forum that allows City employees, commissions and the public to learn more about Medford’s Complete Streets Initiative. “This workshop is a great way for residents to gain further insight into ongoing road projects throughout the City, positive ways in which these projects benefit residents, beneficial health outcomes and economic development for the community,” said Mayor Burke.
The keynote speaker for the event is Mark Fenton, a public health, planning, and transportation consultant and an adjunct associate professor at Tufts University. Mr. Fenton’s presentation will be followed by a group walk and an interactive discussion to help us understand the barriers to mobility in Medford and opportunities for meaningful improvement. Mr. Fenton has worked with communities around the country on mobility issues, engaging his audience and sharing his passion for the topic.
If you are interested in attending, please RSVP by Monday, October 30th at noon to Syrah McGivern at the Board of Health: 781-393-2560 / email@example.com.