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The leaves are finally changing, and with the changing colors comes the crisp, cool weather of November in New England! There are numerous events this month that allow you to get out to walk & run to enjoy the fall, whether on a tour or as part of an annual tradition on Thanksgiving morning. Likewise, on the topic of change, there are many events that give you the chance to learn about shifts taking place in Boston and across the country - and how you can work for positive change within your own community - like voting on November 7th!
There are great walks lined up just south of Boston scheduled for the first weekend of November. The Department of Conservation and Recreation and the Quarry Museum are hosting a Granite Railway Quarry Walk on Saturday, November 4th, and Historic New England is hosting family friendly events all weekend (including a Fall Foliage Tour) at three historic estates built in the Blue Hills.
Walking isn’t just for sightseeing strolls on the weekend - it is how a lot of people in the Boston area get around every day! On Thursday, November 2nd, bring your lunch to the WalkBoston office for “Ped101” for a training session about what makes a walkable community and how you can speak up for walking in your own neighborhood. Can’t make it that day? Check back, since the sessions are offered monthly.
On November 9th, you could spend the whole afternoon & evening at Boston University. At 4:30pm, they’ll host Richard Florida to discuss his new book, “The New Urban Crisis: How Our Cities Are Increasing Inequality, Deepening Segregation, and Failing the Middle Class—and What We Can Do About It.” Later that evening, the university will host a screening of the film “Whose Streets?” followed by a panel discussion with filmmaker Damon Davis & faculty.
Please join me and many concerned Bay Staters at the World Day of Remembrance for victims of traffic crashes on November 19th at the State House. There is a memorial ride starting at noon, a brief walk starting at 1:30pm at the corner of Beacon and Charles Streets, and a gathering on the steps of the State House at 2pm.
No list of November events would be complete without a Thanksgiving Day Race, and for a good reason: Thanksgiving is the most popular day of the year to take part in an organized walk or run, according to RunningUSA, with over 900,000 finishers in 2015. If you want to earn your turkey, we’d recommend that you join the Franklin Park Coalition’s annual Turkey Trot in Franklin Park; WalkBoston has worked with the coalition over the years to help improve pedestrian safety and access to Franklin Park - this event helps support their work!