MassDOT works to increase travel choices for Massachusetts residents, and promotes more walking as a means of achieving the Mode Shift Goal, which calls for tripling the amount of travel by walking, bicycling, and transit in Massachusetts by 2030.
MassDOT’s Office of Transportation Planning oversees the long-range planning for pedestrian infrastructure, as well as education and outreach efforts through MassRIDES. The Highway Division works to include pedestrian infrastructure in its projects according to the Project Development and Design Guide and the Healthy Transportation Engineering Directive (PDF).
Various state initiatives and events supporting pedestrian transportation are listed below. For additional resources and information, visit the Documents and Resources page or contact the Massachusetts Bicycle and Pedestrian Coordinators.
State Plans & Design Guidelines
Moving Together is the Commonwealth’s annual conference on healthy transportation modes. The conference brings together professionals from state and local government, advocates, and design professionals to advance bicycling, walking, and transit. Visit the Moving Together website for more information.
The Massachusetts Clean Air Challenge enhances the GreenDOT mission by encouraging customers to leave their cars in the driveway and try bicycling, walking, public transit, carpooling, or vanpooling, for one week each September. This global event takes place annually in over 1,000 cities in 40 countries in an effort to showcase the community and environmental benefits of reducing the number of vehicles on the road, and also promotes the financial, community, and health benefits of using public transportation, carpooling, bicycling, and walking.
Mass in Motion
is an initiative of Health and Human Services
that aligns with the vision of the Healthy Transportation Compact
. Mass in Motion was launched to address the social and transportation conditions that contribute to Massachusetts’ increasing obesity rates. The initiative seeks to promote healthy community design, better eating habits, and increased physical activity among Massachusetts residents.
Safe Routes to School
is MassDOT’s statewide program that is designed to better enable elementary and middle school students to walk and bicycle to school. MassDOT manages the program through our MassRIDES
travel options team, which works directly with schools to educate students and staff about the benefits of walking and bicycling for improving students’ health, reducing traffic congestion, and improving air quality in Massachusetts communities. This program is a key initiative of the Healthy Transportation Compact
Massachusetts Walk and Bike to School Day
Part of the Safe Routes to School program, May 5th is a celebratory day for thousands of elementary and middle school aged children to participate in hundreds of walking and bicycling events across the Commonwealth. Massachusetts established the Commonwealth's Walk to School Day in 2007. Since then, partner schools have conducted over 500 walking and bicycling events to celebrate Walk and Bicycle to School Day. Register your Event.