Independence From Cars Day: A Car-Free Waterfront and Free Bluebikes Rides

The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra performing at the Hatch Shell in Boston in 2005. Photo by Garrett A. Wollman, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0).
The Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra performing at the Hatch Shell in Boston in 2005. Photo by Garrett A. Wollman, licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-SA 2.0).

Boston’s July 4th celebrations along the Charles River present a rare opportunity for Bostonians to enjoy a car-free waterfront.

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Worcester City Hall and the newly rebuilt Main Street, pictured in December 2020.

It’s Worcester Week on StreetsblogMASS

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We’re focusing our coverage this week on Worcester, New England’s second-biggest city. After decades of destructive urban renewal schemes, Worcester can be a challenging place to get around for people who don’t own a car. Compared to the rest of Massachusetts, Worcester has higher-than-average rates of injury-causing crashes, and lower rates of transit ridership. Which […]
Batteries can't fix this: a midday traffic jam on I-93 in downtown Boston.

Guest Column: Electric Cars Won’t Save Us

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To meet its climate goals, Massachusetts will need to eliminate gasoline-powered vehicles from the state’s roadways within the next 25 years. But the Commonwealth’s new decarbonization roadmap aims to accomplish this not with improvements to transit and safer streets, but with widespread subsidies for new electric vehicles. Massachusetts is home to many of the world’s […]