Volunteer Opportunities. WalkMedford has a representative of the Stakeholders Committee which is advising the City on implementation of the Complete Streets policy. The following additional opportunities to help are coming up:
The public will be able to review and comment on the proposed plans for the six projects funded by MassDOT. Watch the WalkMedford e-mail list for details on when public meetings will be held.
While the City received MassDOT funding for six projects, we have a list of 86 suggested projects. There will be opportunities to advocate for these projects as the City develops a plan to manage the large backlog of Complete Streets improvement opportunities.
Clippership Connector WalkMedford is one of several groups advocating for this important new shared path along the Mystic River, from Clippership Drive to the Andrews Middle School and Riverbend Park. According to Mayor Burke: “The Clippership Connector will transform several parks and paths along the river into an interconnected system that will allow for recreation and support economic development in our downtown area.”
Volunteer Opportunities. As the project progresses, there will be opportunities to comment and advocate for the project.
Click here for project description. See below for proposed views and map courtesy of Amber Christoffersen, Greenways Director, Mystic River Watershed Association (mysticriver.org).
Improve Snow Shoveling of Sidewalks and Intersections We are working with City staff to encourage more attention to keeping crosswalks clear by the City’s snowplows (and its contractors), making sure sidewalks in front of City buildings and parks are cleared, and more attention to enforcement of the City’s ordinances requiring residents and businesses to clear snow from sidewalks. We also drafted sticky notes that WalkMedford participants can attach to residences or businesses reminding them that shoveling their walks is the neighborly thing to do and the law.
We are also reaching out to the City Council to advocate for redrafting the City’s confusing snow removal ordinance to clarify responsibility.
Volunteer Opportunities. We can use help with distributing snow shoveling sticky notes at people's residences and businesses that do not shovel after snowfall.
Develop Maps, Web Content and Wayfinding Signs Related to Walking in Medford There are many opportunities for education and outreach letting people know the benefits of walking. We’ve already published articles on our Facebook page and would like to do more, such as:
Creating waking maps, beyond the two we already have. http://www.walkmedford.org/get-walking.html
Leading walking or photography contests
Improving our social media materials and keeping it up to date
Developing wayfinding signs (e.g., 1.0 miles/20 minute walk to the Library).
Volunteer Opportunities. We are just getting started with this effort, and there are lots of opportunities to get involved. Contact Jen if you’re interested in any of these efforts, or have ideas of your own.
Safe Routes to School Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a state-run program that offers encouragement for students to walk to school. They also provide safety assessments around schools, and there is a grant program that provides funds for improvements. Medford had a walk assessment done for the Brooks School and is awaiting the report, but there are opportunities at Medford’s other schools as well.
Safe Routes to School is reliant on parent volunteers for the corresponding school their child is enrolled in. Ideally, more than one parent would be the contact for the SRTS representative to collaborate with and to help implementing SRTS concepts.
Walking with Walk Medford Some people like to walk together! We just need someone with the energy and desire to organize it. Walks on our streets, walks in the Middlesex Fells. Whatever our participants want to do!
Volunteer Opportunities. We need someone to organize the effort, and individual walk leaders.
WMWalking with Walk Medford Lead: Maybe you? Contact us using the form below and share your favorite walking routes.
Neighborways Many of our residential neighborhoods are overrun with cars and/or trucks going too fast for the conditions and making walking unsafe or uncomfortable. Other communities have developed Neighborways programs whereby community members get together with the City to create an environment more conducive to walking and just living in the neighborhood. See what Somerville and other communities have done. We’d like to start talking to the City about a pilot program in one or more of our neighborhoods.
Volunteer Opportunities. Once we get going, we’ll need people to organize their neighbors.
Improve Snow Shoveling of Sidewalks and Intersections. We are working with City staff on this important issue, but further volunteer work and coordination will be needed to encourage our neighbors to keep sidewalks clear.
We can use help with distributing snow shoveling sticky notes at peoples residences and businesses that do not shovel after snow fall!
Clippership Connector. We have just begun the planning process for this important new shared path along the Mystic River, from Clippership Drive to the Andrews Middle School and Riverbend Park. We now must build support and spread the word about its potential benefits and find funds to make it happen
Advancing a Complete Streets Policy. We've made a great start, but with the support of the new administration we need to move Complete Streets in Medford from idea to reality. Mayor Burke recently entered into a Community Compact with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, with one element being Complete Streets. Check out information about the City’s Complete Streets efforts here.
Walk Medford Social Media. I In 2016 we seek to develop a robust website and social media team.
Actions to Promote Walking. These could be events and/or wayfinding signs for pedestrians that encourage people to walk instead of drive for shorter trips.
Accomplishments in 2015
Complete Streets* Briefing Book. We developed an educational briefing book to inform current and prospective elected officials and Traffic Commission members about benefits of Complete Streets approach to maintaining and developing our streets.
Over 150 Pedestrian Crossing Signs. We successfully advocated for purchase of over 150 new neon-yellow pedestrian warning signs—the first of these have already been installed .
Clippership Connector. We advanced consideration of new walk/bike path along Mystic River, between Clippership Drive and Riverside Park—dubbed the Clippership Connector—engaging elected representatives, and representatives of the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and Mystic River Watershed Association (MyRWA).
School Crossing Petition. We supported a petition drive to advocate for crossing guards and other safety improvements along High Street for middle school students going to their school buses.
Snow Shoveling Brochure. We worked with the Medford Board of Health on an updated brochure explaining residents' responsibilities to keep sidewalks clear of snow.
* Complete Streets are streets for everyone. They are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. Complete Streets make it easy to cross the street, walk to shops, and bicycle to work.
What People Are Saying:
"WalkMedford is like a breath of fresh air for our city!"
"We just love the improvements WalkMedford has done in such a short time."
"WalkMedford is making great strides (pun included;) in making Medford a safer place to walk!"