State and Local Leaders Push for Active Streets

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

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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 Borcherding, WalkBoston; Kimberly Cohen, Hockomock Area YMCA.

We submitted this sign-on letter signed by 26 organizations calling for prompt action by the Committee.  To see other oral and written testimony presented, click here.

There’s still more to do! We are asking municipal leaders – mayors, town managers, city councilors, and selectmen – to join the campaign by signing a letter of support to legislative leaders.  If you can help reach out to specific municipal officals, please contact Andrea Freeman, afreeman@mphaweb.orgThe letter, including instructions on how to sign on, is  here.