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On Monday, November 10, the City of Cambridge took a major step towards making transportation safer for bikers as well as pedestrians. The Cambridge City Council voted unanimously in favor of a motion put forth by Councilor Dennis Carlone to take the next step in considering outfitting city vehicles with side guards.
The side guards act as a protective measure in the instance of a collision between a cyclist and the truck and keep the cyclist from being pulled beneath the vehicle.
According to Councilor Carlone’s City Council Blog, “City Manager Richard C. Rossi is requested ‘to work with all relevant City Staff, safety experts, and bicycle and pedestrian advocates to consider the possibility of deploying truck side guards across all city-owned and city-leased trucks.'”
Councilor Carlone introduced the legislation back in September after a cyclist was struck by a garbage truck. Luckily the injuries were non-life threatening but that was enough to inspire the councilor to act preemptively.
At the end of October, Boston became the first city in the nation to adopt such a measure. The Boston City Council also voted unanimously to approve an ordinance filed by Mayor Marty Walsh, along with At-Large Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley and the Boston Cyclists Union, to equip all large city-contracted vehicles with safety side guards.
Tags: cambridge, Law, side guard, trucks
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Check out these awesome lanes! Parked cars on the outside, nice buffer zone, that fresh zing of new thermo plastic. More of these please.
Tags: buffered bike lanes, cambridge
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It took the Dutch 30 or so years to get their bicycle infrastructure to the point it is today. Lucky for us they did all the hard work and we can just copy the good stuff and catch up fast. Cambridge has been at the forefront of copying good ideas from other places. Case in point their new bike stop light.
In recent weeks, a new traffic signal has appeared on Cambridge’s Western Avenue, between Massachusetts Avenue and Memorial Drive, to accompany the new separated cycle track recently finished in a round of construction. (via)
I can’t really recommend the article, as its atrocious, but you know its the Globe. I for one welcome our new cycle track/bike signal overlords. You can see two other bike lights in Harvard sq, and Porter Square.
Tags: bike stop light, cambridge, cycle track
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The Social Computing Group at the MIT Media Lab launched a website this month featuring maps of various cities around the country including a map of reported bicycle crashes in Cambridge.
They write, “This map helps to show where crashes tend to happen, like Mass Ave and Cambridge Street and Hampshire Street, in the hope that those streets might be made safer for riders.”
Knowing where, when and how a crash occurs best equips planners and decision makers to prevent these similar crashes in the future. Check out the map visualization of the 746 reported bike crashes in Cambridge from 2010-2013.
Its pretty damn amazing, you can get a break down by street (no surprise the streets with the most cyclists have the most crashes), by location, and you can get a street view image of every intersection. This sort of data visualization is vital to designing safer streets. Check it out.
Tags: cambridge, crash data, crash map, MIT
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Or have the timing on the lights on Broadway in Cambridge (especially near Galileo) been changed?
Over time I get used to timing all my commute lights with near perfect results (I always hit the same greens, always stop at the same reds), but now I seem to be off, a lot. I am hitting greens that should be reds (a lot more of them actually), and some reds that should be green.
Anyone else notice this?
Tags: cambridge, lights, timing
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This will likely affect a lot of your commutes, I suggest you plan ahead
Thanks Sophia for the heads up.
Road Closures related to MIT Police Officer Memorial Service April 24
Cambridge Police Department announced various road closures beginning before the morning rush hour on Wednesday, Apr. 24 for the memorial service of MIT Officer Sean Collier at Noon. This service is only open to members of law enforcement and the MIT community with valid MIT Ids.
• Vassar St: between Audrey St. and Mass. Ave. Wednesday, Apr. 24 at 6 a.m.
• Mass. Ave: from Albany St. toward Boston Wednesday, Apr. 24 at 7 a.m.
• Memorial Drive: between Mass. Ave. and B.U. Bridge Wednesday, Apr. 24 at 12 a.m.
• Mass. Ave. Bridge into Cambridge: Wednesday, Apr. 24, at 7 a.m.
These road closures are going to have a major impact on traffic in the city. Police are asking residents to plan ahead, seek alternate routes, and use public transportation whenever possible.
ALL roads and bridges will be open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic EXCEPT FOR Memorial Drive between Massachusetts Ave. and the B.U. Bridge.
We have been coordinating with our partners at the MBTA to minimize disruptions to bus routes in the area.
We are confident that the operations will be complete and all roads reopened to vehicular traffic by 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24.
Further updates about road closures and other traffic issues will be posted on the Cambridge Police Department’s website at www.CambridgePolice.org. Information can also be found by following @CambridgePolice on Twitter.
Tags: cambridge, closure, commute, sad
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From here, looks awesome:
The Cambridge Bicycle Committee Presents
The “Sweet Ride”
|Delicious bike design by Britta Hope Carlson|
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Orientation at 10:00 AM at the Main Library, 459 Broadway
Ride departs promptly at 10:15 AM
We all know living in Cambridge is sweet. But did you know we have a sweet history?
Fig Newtons were created in Cambridge and named after our neighboring town. The NECCO building on Mass Ave was for a time the largest candy factory in the world. Fifteen million Junior Mints are still being made each day on Main Street, perfuming Central Square with the delightful scent of chocolate.
There’s a lot that’s sweet about our city but let’s not forget the savory either. It was Zachariah B. Porter’s restaurant in North Cambridge that gave us both Porter Square and the Porterhouse steak. Julia Child’s “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” which raised the culinary standards of the nation, was published while she lived on Irving Street.
Please join us for a gorgeous springtime ride, at an easy pace, on mostly level terrain. No rain date: heavy rain cancels. Rain announcements will be posted here on the morning of the ride. Like all our tours, this ride is free of charge.
Tags: awesome, cambridge, sweet ride
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The peoples republic is making some tweaks to their bike laws, in order to facilitate better (bike) parking and take out the guess work.
Since bicycling has doubled in Cambridge in the past decade, the CDD proposes that bicycle parking requirements must be applied to “the construction of new buildings or establishments of a new open-air use on a lot,” according to the Bicycle Parking Zoning Proposal modified January 2013.
The department also suggests that if short-term bicycle parking “cannot be reasonably provided on the lot, a property owner may satisfy the requirements for short-term bicycle parking by providing funds for the installation of bicycle parking on public land.”
The proposal further states that parking should accommodate a variety of bicycle sizes and styles.(via)
Awesome! Getting this sort of thing into the building code make sure that cycling will take deep roots and be a powerful transportation and recreation option. It took northern European countries 30+ years of this sort of baby stepping to get where they are now. And while people seem to complain about every step, we are going in the right direction.
Tags: awesome, bike parking, cambridge
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