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THE OPPORTUNITY Thousands of delegates will attend the July Democratic National Convention (DNC) in Boston. This is a splendid opportunity to feature Boston as a pedestrianfriendly and walkable city, and to highlight the transportation, environmental, and health benefits of walking. THE CHOICE Our focus is on the leaders and delegates attending FleetCenter events. Each day, delegates will make a transportation and health choice: take a shuttle bus, taxi, the MBTA, or walk to the FleetCenter. To influence their choice, WalkBoston and our partners are encouraging walking as the most reliable, efficient, and healthiest transportation mode available. Former Massachusetts Governor Michael Dukakis and other high-profile leaders will lead the walks to the convention. THE VALUE Walking is safe, simple, enjoyable and a reliable transportation mode to get to the Fleet Center. Walking addresses the national epidemic of physical inactivity, creates vibrant communities, a cleaner environment, and reduces dependence on foreign oil. THE ROUTE On July 26 and 27 from 5—7 p.m. volunteers will be stationed at hotels and along the best walking routes to the convention. They will guide delegates and make their walk convenient, informative, and enjoyable. To do this We will: • Distribute maps and route information in the delegate packets and at hotels • Station T-shirt clad volunteers along the route with colorful banners to cheer and celebrate delegates • Inform delegates of walk travel times as well as the health and environmental benefits walking • Create a memorable walking surface illustrated with artwork drawn on the pavement by a legendary Boston artist THE REASON WE ARE INVOLVED Since 1990 WalkBoston has improved conditions for pedestrians all across Massachusetts. WalkBoston promotes walking for transportation, health, recreation and to create vital communities. We are working with the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Conventions (CERC), the DNC Committee, Boston 2004, Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, and state and local leaders to make walking a real transportation choice for the convention.

MAKING OUR COMMUNITIE S MORE WALK ABLE Old City Hall | 45 School Street | Boston MA 02108 | T: 617.367.9255 | F: 617.367.9285 | info@walkboston.org | www.walkboston.org


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Boston is pedestrian-friendly ¥ It is a compact and relatively flat city with a European style of streets that are safe, lively and diverse. ¥ Places of interest are centrally located. History, entertainment, nightlife, architecture, culture, science and art abound — most sites within walking distance of each other. ¥ Against a backdrop of skyscrapers, theres a great feeling of openness, thanks to inviting green spaces like the Boston Common, Commonwealth Avenue M all and the walkways along the Charles River. ¥ A convenient and affordable subway and bus system will take you within steps of your destination.

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People around Boston care so much about walking that in 1990 they formed WalkBoston, the first advocacy organization dedicated solely to pedestrians. You’ll find it easier to walk in Boston thanks to WalkBoston’s determined efforts to improve the design and use of streets, sidewalks and pathways.

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WalkBoston, as a member of the Coalition for Environmentally Responsible Conventions (CERC), created this guide to encourage DNC delegates and visitors to travel on foot and by public transportation. Shown on the map are most major hotels and a recommended walking route to the FleetCenter. Also noted are some must-see tourist attractions, along with just a few of Boston’s unique and charming neighborhoods including the Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the North End, and the South End.

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Walk America’s Walking City No doubt you’ll want to see and do a lot while in Boston, so here’s important advice: the easiest, most pleasant and least stressful way to enjoy the city is on foot.

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