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Protected Bike Lanes Installed On Mass. Ave. In Central

Written by Boston Biker on Dec 09

The good folks in cambridge fighting for improved bike safety are claiming their first (of hopefully many) victories, with the installation of protected bike lanes in Central Square.

 

from their email:

We are excited to report major progress in the push for bike safety in Cambridge! Today, the City started to implement pop-up protected bike lanes on sections of Mass Ave! Additionally, the City has has committed to begin building a broader network of pop-up protected bike lanes this spring.

These are a major achievements and they would not have happened without you. The City Council and the new City Manager Louis DePasquale are responding to our petition signatures, phone calls, letter writing, rallies, and council meeting attendance. As a measure of the city’s commitment, the traffic department will be hiring an additional engineer in large part to help with the plans for increased bike infrastructure.

Our road to success has not been without challenges. As you may recall, in early November, the city had stated publicly that establishing even a single protected bike lane before the end of the year would be impossible due to the time needed for planning and the practical problems posed by snow and cold weather. This surprising reversal in policy was the result of our calls, letters and presence at council meetings letting City Hall know that we were not satisfied with the pace of progress.

Even as we celebrate, we recognize that we are still a long way from our goal of a network of protected bike infrastructure on all major thoroughfares. During the Winter, conversations will continue with city officials to work out details for the Spring roll-out of additional protected bike lanes. The city has not specified the exact plan for the spring pop-up network and we want to make sure that it is significant in scope and is as successful as possible. It will be important to voice our opinion at public meetings and, if necessary, at the council to make this happen. Let’s continue to use our collective power to ensure that we get the safe streets everyone deserves.


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Action Alert: Call Cambridge City Councilors by Monday for Protected Bike Lanes!

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 05

The group of citizens in Cambridge pushing for safer streets is on a roll! (more, here and here)

From the email:

Thanks to all of your support, we have motivated the Cambridge City Council to pass 8 policy orders requiring the immediate implementation of improved bicycling infrastructure, we have gathered over 3380 petition signatures demonstrating support for these critical improvements and we have turned out for three actions at City Hall marking the urgency of making these improvements now.

Unfortunately, the City has delayed or declined to implement all of the orders that involve actual infrastructure, so our fight to create safe streets in Cambridge is not over! The following is your third call to action.

THE ACTION

WHAT: Call Cambridge City Councilors
WHEN: Before 5pm Monday (11/7)
ALSO:  if you’re able, join us at the City Council Meeting, Monday November 7 at 5:30pmto offer public comment

We need each of you to call Cambridge City Councilors (contact information listed below) and ask them to explain why they have not followed through on all of the 8 policy orders that they approved on October 17th.

Here’s why this is important to do right now: Councillor Mazen, with support from Councillor Devereux, has introduced motions to instruct the city to act quickly. Passage of these motions by the full council this Monday is the clearest route to making sure the changes the City Council already ordered actually happen in a timely way.

INSTRUCTIONS & SCRIPT

The following is a draft script you can use when you call. If you are leaving a voicemail, please ask the councillor to call you back with answers to your questions.

  • I am a Cambridge resident (or I ride to work, etc. on Cambridge streets) and I want to know why the City has not yet implemented the popup protected bike lanes on Mass. Ave., Cambridge, Broadway, and Hampshire called for in the policy orders the City Council passed over two weeks ago, which are designed to ensure that our streets are safe for cyclists, and the first three of which were supposed to go in on Nov. 1, 2016.

    We hope you will come out in clear support of the motions from the Neighborhood & Long Term Planning Committee, particularly numbers 1 and 3, to begin implementing the policy orders from Oct. 17 immediately, with a popup protected bike lane by winter on one street and a full network of popup protected lanes this spring, as well as protected bike lanes on Huron Ave.

    See further talking points below

If you can, please place your call before the next city council meeting this Monday at 5:15pm. Calling is the most persuasive action, but if you cannot call then please contact councillors by email and ask them to respond to your questions. The following is a list of city councillors that we most need to persuade.

Denise Simmons (Mayor)
[email protected]
617 349-4321 (work)

Leland Cheung
[email protected]
617-444-9080 (home)
617-349-4280 (work)

Marc C. McGovern (Vice Mayor)
[email protected]
617-642-1731 (home)
617-349-4280 (work)

Sincerely,
Annie and Nate

FURTHER BACKGROUND & TALKING POINTS

What’s happened before now?

  • 8 policy orders were passed 10/17, including:
    • pop-up bike lanes on Mass Ave, Hampshire, Cambridge, Broadway
    • revisit Huron / Pearl St to improve bike infrastructure per bike plan
    • include bike leaders in Vision Zero working group
  • City presented on its plan this Wednesday 11/2:
    • planning to implement one pop-up by Spring (on part of Cambridge St), no others in foreseeable future
    • not going to revisit Huron, Pearl St will have parking studies done
    • Vision Zero group with community leaders to be formed by December
What’s on the agenda for Monday 11/7?
  • Most important are motions #1 and 3 from the Neighborhood and Long-term Planning Committee to move up the pop-up for one street from Spring to NOW (pre-Winter), put in a larger network of pop-ups in the spring, and put in protected lanes on Huron as it is reconstructed.
  • See the motions here
  • Mayor Simmons has a policy order to implement all 8 policies by Nov 2017
    • this is WAY TOO SLOW. Which is why we MUST make sure the pop-ups get done by pre-Winter/Spring
    • When talking to her, you can say “thank you, but we need you to vote YES on the motion to move the pop-up to pre-Winter”. This is fine, since some of the 8 policies can get done by Nov 2017 (e.g. the website for bike safety)
Talking points:
  • We realize this is an ambitious program, so we need city councillors working with the city staff to move this work forward
  • In the past three months since Amada Phillip’s death there have been over 80 recorded crashes in Cambridge involving cyclists. Of the 69 crashes that were so serious they were reported to the police, 44 have been on Cambridge, Mass Ave, Hampshire, or Broadway
  • The city is encouraging new businesses (e.g. in Kendall) to minimize parking and encourage workers to commute by bike, but then not providing the needed infrastructure for safe commuting
  • We want to see cyclists from ages 8 to 80 able to get across the city safely.
  • Protected bike lanes increase safety for all users of the street and also increase foot traffic to businesses
  • Tell them your personal biking story

We need your help! Looking for all skills and levels of commitment. If you want to see better streets, please join us!
Yes, I’ll get involved


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Citizen Group To Deliver Petition Today

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 31

Join them! (previously)

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Thanks to everyone who signed the Cambridge Bike Safety petition but the fights not over…

This Monday we will be delivering a petition to the Cambridge City Council demanding separated bike lanes on all major thoroughfares in Cambridge and we need YOU to show up on Monday to help us deliver the petition and demand action now! This petition has gathered over 1500 signatures from Cambridge residents and another 2500+ signatures from people who work or ride in Cambridge. 

Schedule of Events

5:15pm: Gather, with the help of Second Line Social Aid and Pleasure Society Brass Band!

5:30pm: Council meeting starts, signatures delivered approx 5:45

6:00pm: Back outside for more band!

(Party will continue at Tavern on the Square with drinks and food)

Please show up, forward this message to your friends, and spread the word on social media (Facebook event).

Thanks again for your support!


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No Left Turns In Inman

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 27

In an effort to improve cycling safety, the city of Cambridge has restricted left turns in Inman square.

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Effective November 3rd, the Department of Traffic, Parking, and Transportation will restrict several left turn movements in Inman Square in order to improve the safe operation of this complex intersection.

The following turning movement prohibitions will go into effect on this date:

– No left turn from Hampshire Street southbound (towards Kendall Square) to Cambridge Street eastbound.

– No left turn from Hampshire Street northbound (towards Somerville) to Cambridge Street westbound

– No left turn from Cambridge Street westbound to Antrim Street southbound.

In coming months, the Department will study the impacts of these changes on safety in Inman Square as well as evaluating the impacts on surrounding intersections and neighborhoods.

Variable message boards and advance warning signs will be in place to advise drivers of the change.

For more information on safety improvements in Inman Square, please visit our Inman Square Transportation Safety page.

Map of Inman Square Left turn restrictions


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Citizen Group Pushes For Safer Bike Lanes In Cambridge

Written by Boston Biker on Oct 24

After the two recent deaths of cyclists at the hands it seems the citizens are taking to the streets to demand safer bike lanes.

I have seen some very lovely volunteers out collecting signatures on the street (I signed), they also have a website.  If you would like to support their efforts to demand safer bike lanes in Cambridge go here, and sign the petition.  Seems they already have about 1000 signatures, and its growing fast!

Below is their mission statement:

Mission

We have come together to call for a Cambridge that is safer for everyone, a city where bicycling is safe and enjoyable for people of all ages and abilities.

In light of the tragic deaths of Dr. Bernard “Joe” Lavins, Amanda Phillips, and Marcia Deihl, all killed by trucks in the last two years, we call on the City of Cambridge to make the following safety improvements:

  1. Immediate action to implement a safe network of protected bikeways on major thoroughfares and key connectors by Spring 2017. The City should focus on installing temporary protected bikeways before the end of 2016 on those streets with the highest crash rates, including Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge Street, Hampshire Street, and Broadway.
  2. Incorporate the Cambridge Bike Plan into all current and future road construction projects. The Bike Plan is a great vision but it needs to be incorporated into all current and future road construction projects if it’s to be realized. Those projects under construction or in design should be updated to include separated bike lanes where called for in the Bike Plan, including Huron, Pearl, and Garden.
  3. Commit funding to proactively implement the Cambridge Bike Plan. The Bike Plan has the potential to transform the city for everyone if Cambridge moves more aggressively to implement it. At a minimum, certain roadway reconstruction projects should be accelerated, especially Massachusetts Avenue, where protected lanes for bicyclists would have a profound and measurable safety impact.

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