Tag: Brighton Center

New Wayfinding Signs Installed in Brighton

New Wayfinding Signs Installed in Brighton

On Tuesday June 13th, 2023, WalkMassachusetts installed wayfinding signs in Brighton to make walking more accessible and straightforward in the area. This project is part of the larger research project Community Walks, which is in partnership with Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Boston Housing Authority (BHA). Designed by Nina Garfinkle, principal of Garfinkle Design and a WalkMassachusetts Board member, the signs point pedestrians towards local destinations with clear markings of walking and biking distances.

WalkMassachusetts Deputy Director of Advocacy Brendan Kearney and Board Member Nina Garfinkle install wayfinding signs along the sidewalk. These signs direct pedestrians to local parks, the library, Brighton Center, and other nearby points of interest.

Wayfinding signs encourage people to choose active modes of transportation in a way that is both safe and easy. The new signs in Brighton will help various community members, including residents of the Faneuil Gardens Boston Housing Development buildings, walk with more ease.

Staff Member Iolando Spinola and Summer Intern Stella Pintar are joined by Gianna Fernandez, a Boston Medical Center Healthy Living Advocate (HLA).

In total, 49 new signs were put up in the Brighton area. WalkMassachusetts appreciates our partnership with BMC and BHA and is excited to bring this project to areas around Boston. If you see one of these signs, be sure to scan the QR code to find maps as well as more information about the various walking routes. Additionally, feel free to explore the Community Walks page on our website to learn more about this project.

Statewide Fatal Crashes In MA, December 2021

Statewide Fatal Crashes In MA, December 2021

Each month, we post about the fatal crashes in Massachusetts from the previous month, and share any trends that we see. For the full list of monthly posts, head here. With a full year’s worth of posts now complete from 2021, we will be releasing a year in review in the coming weeks to highlight common issues.

Last month, we took a look at the nine fatal crashes listed in the MassDOT Crash Portal in November. In this post, we’ll look at crashes in MA in December 2021. The information in the chart below is compiled from news reports, and was checked against the MassDOT Crash Portal Dashboard “Fatal Information by Year.” The Google Street View images included below use the address listed in the crash portal.

  • Of the 35 fatal crashes in Massachusetts in November in the MassDOT Crash portal, four were identified as people walking.
  • The crash portal does not include names. The name of one of the people walking who died have not been made public yet.
  • The average age of pedestrians hit & killed in December was 45.
  • The name of the person driving was not identified in any of the crashes in news articles that we found.

Date12/5/2021, 5:35 PM
LocationI-291 WEST, south of EXIT 3

WWLP reports that a 39-year old man was struck and killed after a 42-year-old man from Ludlow was traveling on I-291 westbound in a 2009 Toyota Matrix struck him in the left travel lane/center median. The male pedestrian was then struck by a 2015 Chevrolet Sonic driven by a 29-year-old man from Springfield in the left travel lane.

According to the MassDOT Road Inventory, this road is under MassDOT jurisdiction. It is a limited access highway, with a median and 3 travel lanes in each direction. The speed limit is 55mph.

Date12/8/2021, 2:48 PM
LocationDwight St. & State St.

16-year old Springfield Central High School student Alexangeliz Medina died after the driver of a school bus struck and killed her near the MassMutual Center at Dwight & State Street in Springfield.

Western Mass News spoke to Alexangeliz’s parents, Sorangel Ayala and Alex Medina:

“She was the life of the party always making everyone laugh,” said mother Sorangel Ayala.

“That’s why it makes it even harder because she did the right thing, why did it happen, why? She didn’t try to run a light nothing, she crossed the street when she was suppose to,” said Ayala.

Her parents detailed Alexangeliz’s love for art and what it meant to her. “This was just her hobby and her way of expressing herself and being who she is,” said Ayala.

Now, as they learn to navigate life without Alexangeliz, her family has ways they remember her bright energy.

“She wanted to be a teacher, she wanted to change, she wanted to cause change and that we don’t have to hate each other because of our differences, we need to celebrate each other becasue we have differences,” said Medina.

According to the MassDOT Road Inventory, Dwight Street and State Street are both under local jurisdiction. State Street is two-way, with 2 travel lanes in each direction. Dwight Street is one-way, with 3 travel lanes. There is a sidewalk on both sides of each street. The speed limit is listed as 35mph in the Road Inventory.

This was the fourth fatal pedestrian crash on State Street in Springfield in 2021, and followed two fatal pedestrian crashes in November (see last month’s post).

Date12/15/2021, 6:20 AM
Location280 Washington St.

Ann O’Flaherty, a nurse at St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, was struck and killed by a driver at Washington and Cambridge Street in Boston’s Brighton neighborhood while on her way to work at the hospital.

Irish Central shared that Ann was originally from Ireland and had been a nurse at St. Elizabeth’s since 1988. Boston 25 News spoke to people that lived nearby:

Locals say this stretch of Washington Street is very fast.

“It can be because you have cars coming from both ways and coming off the section right there they are coming from three different ways,” said Everett Mills who lives nearby.

Jim Long also a resident of the area said “A lot of times cars just go through here real quick and don’t slow down. Particularly when they come down the hill.”

According to the MassDOT Road Inventory, this street is under local jurisdiction. It is two-way, with 1 travel lane in each direction. There is a sidewalk on each side. The speed limit is listed as 30mph.

Date12/20/2021, 5:19 PM
Location204 Bridge St.

63-year old Marguerite Scanlon was hit and killed by a driver on Bridge St (Route 109) in Dedham near the Doggett Circle senior and elderly housing community. Boston 25 News talked to people near the scene:

“I was almost hit the other day going out. They don’t care how they drive. This is a senior citizen place. They don’t care if they’re going 100 mph,” said Janet, who didn’t want to use her last name.

Neighbors are recalling their own close calls with vehicles on Route 109, also known as Bridge Street.

Police have not said if speed was a factor in Monday night’s deadly accident.

“They drive quickly. I think this is a dangerous area because there’s a curve in the road, and you can’t see the cars coming,” said neighbor Jo-Ann Burnett.

According to the MassDOT Road Inventory, this street is under MassDOT jurisdiction. It is two-way, with 1 travel lane in each direction. There is a sidewalk on each side. The speed limit is listed as 35mph.


If you have an update about a community member who was killed in one of these crashes, please contact Brendan so we can update our . WalkBoston has maintained a list each year since 2016, pulling the information from news reports, social media, and from people like you that share the information with us.

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Reminder about the data from the MassDOT portal

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Comments on PNF 425 Washington Street, Brighton

Comments on PNF 425 Washington Street, Brighton

February 8, 2016

Lance Campbell
Boston Redevelopment Authority
Boston City Hall
1 City Hall Square
Boston, MA 02201

Re: Proposal for 425 Washington Street, Brighton (Parsons Crossing)

Dear Mr. Campbell,

WalkBoston appreciates the opportunity to comment on the Project Notification Form for 425 Washington Street in Brighton. We are commenting because of concern about pedestrian issues associated with this project.

This proposal is generally positive for pedestrians and for the neighborhood. The site is located in the heart of Brighton Center, the center of a walkable community where Washington Street  houses local shops and major establishments and services. The retail area is well-served by public transportation and Washington Street’s bus routes draw pedestrians to access the transit service. The proposal is designed to improve the appearance of the street where significant numbers of walkers will pass daily.

Notwithstanding this transit served and walkable setting, the project is quite auto-centric. In a densely built inner neighborhood that is already beset by too much traffic, the project seems With a high ratio of vehicle parking spaces to housing units (1.7), the project seems to be designed with cars, rather than walking and transit in mind.  The expectation that every housing unit requires at least one or more parking space is one of the continuing issues with rebuilding Boston’s neighborhoods. This should not be a requirement when a project is well served by both transit and walking facilities, where such a requirement may be outmoded. Moreover, it is an expectation that has been challenged successfully elsewhere in the city and should be challenged here as well, since many of Boston’s residents now forgo the decision to have a car and instead rely on public transit or private vehicle transport services such as Uber or carsharing options such as Zipcar.

We are concerned that the city is exploring guidelines that would affect the changing tastes and needs of its newer residents in regard to use of vehicles, requiring fewer parking spaces. The developers of the project should explore less on-site parking and take advantage of the site to attract walkers within this very vibrant commercial area at the heart of the community. The underground parking portion of the project may become unneeded. Brighton has become a highly desirable inner neighborhood for residents including groups that are likely to be less reliant on cars – workers who choose not to own one, older folks moving back into the city for its advantages, and students who want to live along convenient bus routes that can reliably and efficiently take them to one of our many universities. As we are all well aware, individuals who do not own a vehicle are much more reliant on walking, a great convenience for many and one which definitively awards better health to those moving about on foot in the ordinary activities of everyday living.

Thank you for your consideration of our comments.


Robert Sloane
Senior Planner