For Immediate Release - April 25, 2014

Patrick Administration Officials Kickoff Massachusetts Walk/Ride Day

Last Friday of each month designated as Walk/Ride Day

BOSTON – Friday, April 25, 2014 – Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki, Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan and MassDOT Secretary Richard A. Davey today participated in a walking tour of Kendall Square to kick-off the start of Walk/Ride Day, which will occur on the last Friday of each month.

“Kendall Square is a great example of a thriving and innovative community where residents can live, work and play,” said Secretary Bialecki. “These are the exact types of communities that we need more of here in the Commonwealth, and we look forward to working with businesses and local communities to create them.”

Corporations and institutions participating in Walk/Ride Day in Boston, Cambridge and other parts of Greater Boston encourage their employees to take public transit, ride bikes or walk to work. On Friday’s walking tour, Patrick Administration officials passed through the urban community near Kendall Square Plaza that offers mixed-use housing developments conveniently located near public transportation, all while minimizing environmental impacts by a high volume of pedestrians and bike users.

“Encouraging people to bike, walk or take public transit leads many to discover that doing so is more enjoyable and practical than they might think,” said Secretary Sullivan. “Add to that the environmental benefits, and Walk/Ride Day is a great initiative that the Patrick Administration fully supports.”

Organized by the Green Streets Initiative, Walk/Ride Day partners include Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Biogen IDEC, Boston University, the Cities of Cambridge and Somerville, MIT, State Street Corporation, Takeda Pharmaceuticals and the Volpe Center. The Commonwealth participates in Walk/Ride Day through MassDOT, Mass Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Public Health.

“The Patrick Administration is unanimous in its commitment to encouraging greener, healthier transportation choices, which also extends to planning and development that encourages more walking and cycling,” said Secretary Davey.  “Initiatives like the Walk/Ride day help promote our GreenDOT mode shift goal of tripling the amount of travel by walking, bicycling, and public transit by 2030.”

The City of Cambridge has initiated a parking and transportation demand management program that requires all major new projects that require new parking to reduce reliance on drive-alone auto commuting. In addition to the city’s great walkability, the number of people bicycling in Cambridge has risen by 150 percent in the past 10 years. The City currently has more than 30 Hubway bike stations and is continuing to expand.

The event also kicks off the beginning of the 2014 Corporate Challenge that will determine which corporation or institution is the “green commuting champion.”