Monthly Archives: February 2019

Boston Front and Center in Latest AARP Newsletter

The latest AARP Livable Communities Newsletter has a headline feature titled “Boston Is Putting Driverless Cars Through an Age-Friendly Road Test.” The article is focused on the public-private partnership that is setting an example for other cities to follow when it comes to autonomous vehicles.

Another article looks at more immediate area where Boston needed to set an example, which is the “Safest Driver Contest” aimed at accomplishing the city’s Vision Zero goals of eliminating traffic fatalities.

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Baker-Polito Administration Announces $3 Million in Complete Streets Funding Program Awards

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito joined Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, elected officials, and local leaders in Quincy to announce awards totaling nearly $3 million to eleven communities through the Complete Streets Funding Program.

These awards will be used to fund local, multimodal infrastructure projects that improve accessibility for bicyclists, pedestrians, public transit users, and people using other forms of transportation. In doing so, the Complete Streets program helps communities become more Age-Friendly (Complete Streets are highlighted in the AARP “Roadmap to Livability” Resource on Transportation). Continue reading

Applications Open for 2019 Housing Choice Designation

The online application is available for the 2019 round to designate Housing Choice Communities, according to the Housing Choice webpage on Mass.gov and the Mass. Municipal Association. This initiative presents an opportunity for communities seeking to become more Age-Friendly that identify “housing” as an area of need.

The Housing Choice Initiative assists local governments to expand housing production by providing new grants, coordinating technical assistance across various housing agencies, and promoting regulatory innovation. Continue reading

Baker Administration’s Age-Friendly Efforts Published in AARP International Journal

From his State of the Commonwealth address two years ago that recognized how Massachusetts needs to think differently about how older adults are engaged and supported, Governor Charlie Baker and his administration have proven to be leaders in promoting and supporting healthy aging.

Fresh from the recent release of the Age-Friendly Massachusetts Action plan, the Governor was also featured in the AARP International Journal as a “Leader in Longevity” for a list of accomplishments guided by the Governor’s Council to Address Aging and the Executive Office of Elder Affairs. Continue reading

2018 US Bicycling & Walking Benchmarking Report Released

A benchmarking report on bicycling and walking in the United States first appeared in in 2007, when it was created by cycling and walkability advocates as a way to track data on the two transportation modes.
The 2018 edition, titled Bicycling & Walking in the United States: 2018 Benchmarking Report, is the first published by the League of American Bicyclists, which explains the report’s purpose by noting, “People support biking and walking for a variety of reasons. The benchmarking report is intended to provide data from diverse sources, so report users can decide how best to present that data within their communities.”

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