Boston Commits $16.15 Million for Safer Streets!

July 9, 2019
in Bike Pedestrian

Recently, the Boston City Council voted unanimously to approve the fiscal year 2020 operating budget and the fiscal years 2020-2024 capital budget with over $16.15 million in appropriations to make streets safer for walking, biking, and rolling. Thanks to the leadership of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu, the city made a significant investment towards building streets and roads that are safe and accessible for all modes of transportation.

The Mayor made a commitment to address health equity in his budget, and included:

  • $1 million investment to accelerate the design and reconstruction of Boston’s major bike corridors, including extending bike lanes to connect the heart of the city to high areas of need
  • $2 million for bike infrastructure
  • $4 million to strengthen Boston’s Walkable Streets program, which equitably reconstructs sidewalks throughout Boston

The projects in this budget also include investments in communities like Roxbury, where 34.5% of residents live in poverty. In Roxbury, 28.6% of residents are obese and 30.5% have hypertension high blood pressure, compared to 21.8% and 24.4%, respectively, in Boston overall.

Congratulations to the American Heart Association Massachusetts and to all volunteers and advocates who are working to make streets safer for physical activity!

 

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