About Wendy Landman and Brendan Kearney

Wendy Landman is the Executive Director of WalkBoston. She has led the growth of the organization into a statewide advocacy presence and works with leaders in state and municipal government and the non-profit community to broaden the organization’s impact. Wendy is also a leader in the national walking movement and serves on the Board of America Walks.

Brendan Kearney is the Communications Director for WalkBoston where he manages outreach and communications through WalkBoston’s email and print newsletters, website, social media, and Ped 101 training programs. Brendan is also a key member of the Vision Zero team at WalkBoston and sits on the City of Boston’s Vision Zero Task Force.

For Walkers, The Last Six Inches are Important

It is no surprise to those of us in the walking advocacy world that making bus stops accessible and linked to neighborhood sidewalks can increase bus ridership and reduce the number of para-transit trips that are called for. This is a logical outcome of thinking about how people make real life choices about how to get around. What this research demonstrates is an amazing win-win-win for walking and transit advocates. It shows how we can shift trips from autos to transit; give more people more independence by making it possible for them to use regular bus service rather than setting up special, scheduled para-transit trips (some of which require appointments to be made at least 24 hours in advance and only for specified purposes); and save money for transit systems over the long run.