February 2015, Allston


allston crosswalk  (sonya kovacic)

allston crosswalk (sonya kovacic)

According to a 2014 report by the advocacy group, Smart Growth America, the Greater Boston area is the safest metro area for pedestrians in the United States. In the 2014 Liberty Mutual Insurance Pedestrian Safety Index, Boston is ranked the second safest city for pedestrians in the United States behind Seattle:

In Boston, pedestrians walk safely thanks to the installation of 195 traffic-monitoring cameras, more than 3,600 public safety signs posted annually, and more than 90 city traffic signals retimed in 2013. Residents have taken note of the city’s efforts with 97 percent reporting that the city is proactive in fostering pedestrian safety.

The ranking:

  1. Seattle, Wash.
  2. Boston, Mass.
  3. Washington, D.C.
  4. San Francisco, Calif.
  5. New York, N.Y.
  6. Portland, Ore.
  7. Pittsburgh, Pa.
  8. Minneapolis, Minn.
  9. Chicago, Ill
  10. Atlanta, Ga
  11. Denver, Colo.
  12. Philadelphia, Pa.
  13. Baltimore, Md.
  14. Columbus, Ohio
  15. Los Angeles, Calif

Is Boston really that safe for pedestrians? Nestor Ramos from the Boston Globe argues that there is not enough data to tell.

WalkBoston is a non-profit pedestrian advocacy organization dedicated to improving walking conditions in cities and towns across Massachusetts. In 2001 they piloted a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program to get more children walking and biking to school.

Boston is a walking city.