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WALK/RIDE DAYS = Last Friday of Every Month!

Step 1: Consider your options

Step 2:  "Check-in"

Step 3: Commute

Step 4: Celebrate at our retail partners

 

Walk or ride a bicycle, bus, train… Even carpooling, walking partway, or driving - we welcome your check-in!

 

Invite your colleagues, family and community…the more the merrier!

  • May 2016 Raffle Prize Winner

    Green Streets: Why do you check-in?

    Winner from MA DPH: I was motivated to participate to represent my office in efforts to make us #1! It also gets me thinking about alternative ways to commute that might be a little more eco-friendly.

    Green Streets: Why do you check-in?

    Winner from Cambridge, MA Government: I check in because planning for sustainability and climate change is my job.  So I know the importance of transportation to reducing one’s environmental footprint.  My favorite mode of commuting is walking. 

  • April 2015 Raffle Prize Winner

    Green Streets: Why do you check-in?

    I started doing it because my company, Takeda, puts on a campaign each month to get people to do it. I wasn’t quite sure what the point was, since I rarely make my commute any greener on that one day a month. But it just takes a few minutes, so there is not much downside. Also, I think of it as kind of a “movement”, and maybe broadcasting that there is a core group of people trying to minimize the environmental impact of their commute will encourage the movement to grow.

    After checking in for a few months, I started to get a small sense of accomplishment when I fill out the form and it tells me how much gas and C02 I saved. Also, when I saw Takeda doing well in terms of participation for its category.

    This year, checking in is even more satisfying because the web page lets me put in each leg of my trip – not just the longest one.

    Funny thing: Just last night, I had dinner with my son, who currently lives in Somerville and is a committed bike and MBTA rider. I talked about having checked in last week and he asked me what is the incentive for checking in. Then this morning I found that I won a prize! So there’s a brand new incentive J

  • A Cambridge mother's story

    Green Streets, a public movement, makes the goal of a healthy environment a "given" for our kids. They see that their community cares enough about the environment to make a public display of it. This gives them confidence to participate, to do their part and to feel that there will be support. That change is overdetermined. I see it in my own daughter who has decided that whatever she focuses on in college and beyond, will address environmental justice. She doesn't know if she'll be a scientist in a lab or out in the field, working on social policy or in education, but whatever it is, it will be focused on solving environmental problems, which she believes are at the root of health and social ills.

  • From a Retail Partner

    I've loved displaying the Green Streets banner prominently on my webpage over the past few years as a way to say something to my potential students about my values. I believe that by demonstrating my commitment to this cause, I gave my potential students a better sense of who I am, helping to make them comfortable in choosing me as their Alexander teacher.

    Keep up the good work!

    - Elaine Lin, teacher of the Alexander Technique, Arlington, MA 

  • Huge impact on our office!

    "Since we signed up for the Walk/Ride Day Challenge, there has been so much greater focus in the office on how people get to work. Competition focuses people's attention like nothing else. Even D, who said he wouldn't ride a bike from Somerville, is now cycling regularly!"– Gail Sullivan, AIA, LEED AP, Studio G Architects 

  • Rallying staff around common cause

    David Kramer On the 2013 Walk/Ride Day Corporate Challenge:

    "Each Walk/Ride Day provides such a cool opportunity to rally our staff at the end of each month around a common cause and simple actions. As an international conservation organization, it's sometimes hard to feel the connection to our program work while sitting beneath neon lights in our Cambridge office, but with Walk/Ride Days we're all frontline actors doing concrete things to make the world a little more sustainable. Plus, riding in from JP, I personally benefit from the free pancake breakfast from Ferris Wheels. Yum."

    – David Kramer, EcoLogic Development Fund's Senior Manager for Impact, Learning, and Innovation

  • A family's story

    "The Green Streets Initiative seems to be the epitome of "showing people" what to do instead of "telling people" what to do!  I moved to Cambridge almost eight years ago when I was expecting our second child.  Sometime when that second child was a baby, I tried to walk to my older daughter's school and it did not go so well.  The baby cried the whole way.

    So then many years passed and I never really thought about how I got the girls to school until the Walk/Ride Days started at our school.  It really was the one thing that made me think, "Wow, so much time has passed.  The girls are so much older.  We can get to school other ways!"  So we started out on scooters, which was a blast!!  My younger daughter said hello to EVERYONE we encountered on our trip, it gave us more time to talk in the morning, and it felt great to start the day with exercise!

    This soon led to our purchase of a trailing bike for my younger daughter and a better bike for my older daughter. And more importantly, it led us to see that the time had come for us to capitalize on our decision to live in Cambridge.  We realized that there were so many places we could bike to.  We try to participate in all of the Walk/Ride Days sponsored by the Green Streets Initiative, but more importantly, in our case the Initiative accomplished something that is always more difficult which is to change people's daily or weekly habits. This is what adds up. This is what leads to sustained and meaningful impact.

    So overall, I do not know if it is a matter of changing habits or a matter of being shown what is possible or a matter of inspiration in a busy world.  It is probably all of the above.  And for that our family is so truly and deeply thankful."  - D Kelley-Carney

  • Molly's Switch to Car-Free Commuting!

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    As far as my experience goes… Before working at EnerNOC I commuted to the South Shore via car every day for 4 years (45 mins each way). Needless to say it was mentally frustrating (traffic), expensive (gas, maintenance, etc.), and wasteful (energy, carbon footprint). When I got a job in the city (at EnerNOC), I was eager to start commuting to avoid these issues and save some money. And given the fact that Boston can be such a frustrating city to drive/park in, I find public transportation and walking to be the easiest and most stress-free way to get around! I think the people at my company tend to share similar sentiments, so I participate in Walk/Ride day to represent my company as a forward-thinking advocate for energy efficiency and sustainability.

  • Perry's Story

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    I would just say that I love biking to work (7 miles from Brookline to Somerville). It is great exercise, good for the environment, and really fun. It is especially fun with my new fixed gear bike that I bought from Revolution Bikes in JP.

    -Perry Grossman

  • Eileen's Story

    I do enjoy walking to work: walking makes me feel healthier. I do not live close to work and in general run a busy schedule at work, therefore I don't have much time to go to the gym. Walking is a way to exercise for me, which helps me “work out” consistently and smoothly. I would encourage many working people like me to adopt a walking routine.

    -Eileen Liao

  • Margaret's Story

    Instead of taking the T to work, I am now riding my bike to work in Cambridge from the Roslindale area.  It takes longer but it is so much more rewarding and less frustrating than driving or taking the T. Thanks for inspiring more sustainable transportation!

    Margaret Doherty-Lopez

  • Winner of our request for feedback on Walk/Ride Day and stories of green vacation travel

    Congratulations to Karen May, of the Lemuel Shattuck Memorial Hospital. "I think the Walk/Ride Day program is a great idea for so many reasons: the environment, physical and mental health, and saving gas! I actually try to run to work twice a week if I can, so maybe you can make it Walk/Ride/Run! Thanks so much for the gift certificate. I really appreciate it! Hope you have a fun and safe summer!

  • Summer trip suggestion #3: North Shore and Cape Ann... and NYC!

    1) Take the commuter rail Gloucester-Rockport line from Boston out to Beverly farms, Gloucester, or Manchester with your bike.  Bike around the perimeter of Cape Ann staying overnight in a B&B in Rockport, Gloucester or Ipswich.  Return trip the next day.  Make sure to have some great local seafood and locally brewed beer in Rockport center!  Optional excusions - Plum Island, Hammond Castle, etc.

    2) The Chinatown buses (and probably others) let you take bikes on the bus for no charge.  In fact there is usually so much room in the cargo area you don't even need to remove your front wheel.  Take the bus to NYC ($15) with your bike.  Bike from Chinatown to the West side on NY's well bike laned streets.  You can bike leisurely up the Hudson River Greenway all the way to the upper west side, dipping into Manhattan wherever you are interested in going.  Also very nice to spend a day by bike in Central Park and at the museums.  On the weekends most roads in Central Park are closed to cars.  Of course www.couchsurfing.org or Hostels are the cheapest way to stay in NYC unless you have friends with space.  Otherwise in Brooklyn there are some decent Motels that are reasonably priced, even at inflated NYC prices.  When you factor in that the bus round trip is only $30 (with free wifi) and you have your own pedal taxi - it's still quite a cheap, green, and exciting destination.  Oh - and if you do want to take the train in the city you can put your bike on it (and most stations have elevators to make things easier.)

    Daniel Fox

  • Summer trip suggestion: Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket!

    Four friends and I took a very 'green vacation' 2 summers ago: we met at South Station with our bicycles loaded for a 5 day tour of Martha's Vinyard and Nantucket, using only rail, boat and our own pedal power. For the first leg of our trip, we took the Greenbush commuter line to Scituate. We biked from there to Woods Hole and took the ferry to Martha's Vinyard, where we stayed with a friend and biked around the island for 2 days. Biking to the ferry on the 3rd morning, we arrived back at Woods Hole, rode our bikes to Hyannis and ferried to Nantucket - where we stayed overnight at a wonderful youth hostel. After exploring the island we again took a ferry to the mainland and then cycled to Scituate, where we took the commuter train back to South Station! What a pleasant way to tour this lovely area - and without a drop of gasoline :-)

    George Ulrich

  • Bike Trip to Maine

     

    My husband + I have vacationed every summer by exploring a new location + taking a self supported cycling adventure. We pack a few clothes in panniers, various cycling clothing for different temps, a tent, light weight sleeping bags + cooking gear, and head out on the road. We’ve ridden directly from our house in Malden MA to Kennebunkport + Portland ME, taken trains part way + ridden the rest or parked at friends places in VT and ended back at their place for a nice visit before heading back home. Last summer we rode from Bar Harbor to Kennebunkport and rode mostly off road on all the rail trails + dirt roads that are connected along the way. It’s always exciting + so much fun! The folks we meet along the way are always awesome as well!

     

    Susan Margot Ecker

    ACIS Educational Travel

  • Janie Katz-Christy, Executive Director of Green Streets, Shares Her Green Travel Plans

    My husband and three kids (ages 11, 13, and 15) and I are planning a very exciting trip for next week! We're taking the commuter rail to Plymouth, then bicycling to Cape Cod, staying for a night at a B+B in Sandwich and then hostels in Hyannis, Eastham, and Truro. After 6 days, we'll take the ferry home from Provincetown to Boston!

    We'd welcome any advice… and good wishes!

  • Dr. Jamie Redgrave, Endocrinologist

    I saw Janie today at Holyoke Center and now I'm motivated to share my story.  When I last knew her I was not a biker.  I started biking from my home in Brookline to Brigham and Women’s Hospital which takes about 10 minutes due to the cost of parking there.  Eventually I started to really enjoy the ride and feel healthier.  I also work in Harvard Square but thought I was too old, it was too dangerous and too long a ride.  A young co-worker said those were all incorrect and I should just try it.  I was scared at first about the car traffic but after my first ride which I survived, I was just elated.  Now I ride all the time in all weathers except snow and ice on the roads. I feel so energized, I have also started to exercise more, my health has improved, I've lost weight, gained muscle mass and it turns out that biking to Cambridge for me takes 30 minutes, taking the bus or the T takes an hour!  Plus I save on the order of $20-$30 on parking. 

  • Amy Lewis's Story

    "My fianc√© and I choose not to own a car — we live in Arlington and both work in Kendall Square, so it’s an easy commute via bike, T, walking, bus, or some combination of those. I’ve been participating in Walk/Ride Day since my employer first announced it. I’m happy to support anything that raises awareness of — and use of — alternate means of transportation."

  • Betsy Bouche's Story

    "I got rid of my car about a year and a half ago, and get around by walking, public transportation and occasionally Zipcar (which I joined on a recent Walk/Ride Day). I grew up locally, and I've been in Somerville since the '70s. In other aspects of my life, I grow vegetables in my backyard and do as much of my shopping as possible at farmers' markets."

  • Jamal Halawa's Story

    "In my family, I am part of a long line of cyclists, and I want to pass down this love of bicycles. We ride as much as we can and try to use our bikes for transportation at all times - for no other reason than enjoyment. That said, I think the bicycle is the cheapest, quickest, smartest, and most enjoyable way to get around. Cycling makes a person feel healthy and self sufficient and a part of his/her surroundings. I want everyone to experience that. I think Walk/Ride Day is a great first step in that discovery and I hope that the event can grow and expand and help people in my community live happy and healthy lives. I want to link people to local, small, health/bicycle businesses, and organizations. I want to help in an organic, ground-up growth of networks of different people, based on health and community, and I feel we can accomplish this through Walk/Ride Day."