State and Local Leaders Push for Active Streets

Active transportation advocates, including the Act FRESH Campaign, dominated an otherwise sparsely-attended hearing of the legislature’s Community Development and Small Business Committee last Thursday July 18th.


Testifying in support of the Active Streets Bill were, left to right: Allyson Perron, American Heart/Stroke Association; David Watson, MassBike; Maddie Ribble, MPHA; Michelle Ciccolo, Town of Hudson and Metropolitan Area Planning Council; Hillary Borcherdin, WalkBoston; Kimberly Cohen, Hockomock Area YMCA

MPHA and our allies came out to support the Active Streets Bill (Senate Bill 68), sponsored by Senator Harriette Chandler, which would provide an incentive and financial support to municipalities to invest in infrastructure for walking, biking, and public transit.  (There is an identical House bill filed by Rep. Jason Lewis that was assigned to a different committee.)

We submitted this sign-on letter signed by 26 organizations calling for prompt action by the Committee.

Oral testimony was provided by:

  • Maddie Ribble, MPHA
  • Allyson Perron, American Heart/Stroke Association
  • Kimberly Cohen, Hockomock Area YMCA (and representing the Alliance of Massachusetts YMCAs)
  • Michelle Ciccolo, Town of Hudson and Chair, Metropolitan Area Planning Council
  • David Watson, MassBike
  • Hillary Borcherding, WalkBoston

In addition, written testimony was submitted by:

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