Pictured Left to Right: Wendy Landman, executive director WalkBoston; Stephen Winslow, Get Fit Gloucester!; Sarah Garcia, HarborWalk project manager; Mayor Carolyn Kirk, Gloucester; and Matt Lawler, vice president, WalkBoston.
WalkBoston has recently awarded the city of Gloucester the Golden Shoe award for its efforts to make the city more pedestrian friendly.
The non-profit organization, which aims to improve walking conditions in cities and towns across the state, has recognized Gloucester for its recent achievements, which include:
- Creating “Gloucester HarborWalk” to promote accessibility and walkability around Gloucester’s working waterfront
-Increasing funding to dramatically improve sidewalks and development of a Complete Streets Plan to identify gaps in the existing sidewalk system
-Advocating for a transportation bond to improve sidewalks around Gloucester’s elementary schools and to establish a Safe Routes to School assessment for O’Maley Middle School
With the help of WalkBoston, Gloucester also developed GloucesterWalks maps, and has distributed 2,500 maps to residents and tourists for about a year.
Gloucester was honored at WalkBoston’s annual celebration in March, along with Madison Park Development Corp. and the Barr Foundation.