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Once is chance, twice is coincidence, third time is because it’s getting warmer.

The past two Halloweens have brought quite a trick to New England. Last year at this time, a Nor’Easter came around and left a path of damage from snow, flooding and power outages. This October, “Superstorm Sandy” left a similar trail of damage, with a huge economic cost as millions of people across the Eastern […]

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Hubway Data Viz Hack Day

Last Saturday we hosted a our first-ever Hubway Data Visualization Hack Day at the The Bocoup Loft in the Innovation District of Boston. A “Hack Day is a workshop-like setting where people come together and work (i.e. hack) on a problem-set. At our hack day, 5 teams worked all day on data explorations and visualizations of half […]

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Aqueduct trails now open to the public!

Nature lovers, walkers, bird watchers, and cyclists should rejoice today–the first piece of more than 40 miles of inactive Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) aqueduct trails were opened at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Weston Aqueduct in Framingham this morning. “No trespassing” signs went down, and brand new aqueduct trail signs went up in their place to mark […]

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Helmets vs. physical activity: A public health Catch-22

Will encouraging helmet use simultaneously discourage people from riding their bikes in the city? Two public health concerns – obesity and accident prevention – run the risk of being at odds with each other when it comes to promoting bicycling safety. Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC) has been criticized after launching a new helmet safety campaign  that […]

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What do half a million bike-share trips look like to YOU?

Calling all data geeks, designers, students, and bike-share lovers! Get started on your entry in the first-ever Hubway Visualization Contest, co-sponsored by MAPC and Hubway. For the first time, Hubway’s complete trip history data is being made public, and we want to see what you can make out of it. Entries can be visualizations, animations, […]

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Project PhotoVoice @ MAPC

A few weeks ago, Somerville teenagers got the chance to make their voices heard through the art of photography, documenting scenes ranging from a crumbling “Brick Wall to Nothing” to the “First Breath” of a newborn baby, as personal reflections on their neighborhoods and the concept of safety. Each photo was accompanied by a personal […]

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Running down a dream: MA Mayors rally for transportation reform

On Monday, June 11–just weeks before the July 1 deadline for MBTA fare hikes and service cuts–mayors from across the state gathered at South Station to show their support for working together and finding a solution for the state’s transportation finance troubles. Watch our video of highlights from speakers at the Metro Mayors Transportation Summit […]

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Hubway in Boston – A big success!

Originally posted by Lisa Jacobsen on YPT Voice, the Young Professionals in Transportation blog.  Hubway, Boston’s almost one-year old bikeshare program, is all the buzz in Boston. Only 10 weeks after its launch last summer, it only took 10 weeks to hit 100,000 rides – and as of now – a quarter million rides. With 40 more […]

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Participants wanted: MAPC Basemap

Publishing geographic information and data online in form of interactive maps has become increasingly important for MAPC over the last few years. This spring we were working with cartographers from Axis Maps to design a MAPC Basemap that can be used as background map to provide basic orientation in the Metro Boston Area, but also […]

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Our trailmap, your trailmap

Part of our work to support healthier transportation modes is to collect and publish information about walking and cycling facilities (paths, bike lanes, cycle tracks, Hubway stations, etc.) in our region. This year MAPC released the second update of the Greater Boston Cycling and Walking trailmap, available for free in print and online at trailmap.mapc.org. The […]

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