Welcome to the Emerald Network resource library. The resources below highlight some of the specific work we are doing to advance neighborhood greenways, and also outline some of the big picture goals and best practices for greenway paths. Feel free to use and share widely!
Click on any of the titles below to view a fact sheet that is easy to download and share. We developed these one-pagers to help people learn and talk about the benefits of common transportation planning concepts that are being implemented today for safer, more livable streets.
Presentations, Maps & Guides
We're happy to share the following resources created by the Emerald Network Team and our partners. We hope you find them useful as you get to know and explore all that the Emerald Network has to offer.
Emerald Network Program Director Ambar Johnson worked with five students at the Tufts University Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning program on a project about using modeling as part of the planning process.
Learn why and how the Emerald Network will have serious impact for people in Metro Boston.
Enjoy exploring greenway paths in Boston's urban core with this map. Includes the recently completed Connect Historic Boston path!
Read a summary of the feasibility study we completed in 2016 with students from Tufts University.
Learn best practices for planning signage and other wayfinding that will help a greenway project thrive! Includes real-life examples from around the U.S.
Have you ever wondered how long it would take to bike to destinations in and around Watertown? This handy guide, created by the Watertown Bicycle + Pedestrian Committee, is a great resource for those interested in doing more riding.
What would the American Legion Highway look like if it was designed as a functional and safe roadway for all ages, modes, and abilities? In 2017, we teamed up with the American Legion Corridor Coalition, and students from Northeastern University to complete a study of the corridor and generate a design for a greenway.
Activating Columbia Road: Reframing a Missing Link
Read a summary of previous studies of Columbia Road we completed in 2019 with students from Tufts University.
Read about the benefits of Greenways as enumerated by Chuck Flink, founder and president of Greenways Incorporated.
Explore a Greenway
Metro Boston has a wealth of existing greenway paths that we are working hard to connect into a 200+ mile seamless network — take a virtual tour and discover a new greenway today!