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Two Actions This Week! Brattle St./Mass. Ave. (Mon), Cambridge St. (Wed)

Written by Boston Biker on May 15

From the email:

Protected bicycle infrastructure is moving ahead in parts of Cambridge, and there will be two opportunities this week to show strong community support for safer streets through the Brattle Street/Mass Ave (Mon) and Cambridge Street (Wed) projects. We have been very encouraged working with city staff, residents, and local businesses so far to make these successful, but we need to push for safe designs that create a network, particularly with two-way flows. Finally, we include an op-ed that details three important areas for improvement with the city’s proposed Inman Square redesign.

 

Monday May 15, 5-8PM: Brattle St/Mass Ave Protected Bicycle Lanes Open House
City Hall Annex, 344 Broadway, Lobby, RSVP on Facebook

 

Initial plans for protected bike lanes to be installed this spring on Brattle Street from Eliot to Mason Street and Mass Ave from Trowbridge to Quincy Street will be on display at the City Hall annex, giving us all an opportunity to weigh in with city staff. Both of these projects can provide safe connections in and out of Harvard Square as long as they are designed to be two-way (including contra-flow directions). Creating a viable bicycle network in Cambridge will require many such two-way designs, which we need to advocate for early and often.

 

Wed May 17, 6-8PM: Cambridge St Protected Bicycle Lane Final Public Meeting
Cambridge Rindge & Latin School, Main Cafeteria, 459 Broadway, RSVP on Facebook

 

The city will hold its second and final public meeting for the Cambridge St protected bicycle lane project, running from Inman Square to Quincy Street and making key connections to CRLS, Cambridge Hospital and local businesses. This meeting is really important, even for those of us who attended the previous public meeting, for two reasons. First, it’s important for the city to continue to hear that this project has strong support from the community. Second, detailed plans will be presented at this meeting and we need to make sure they have as safe a design as possible, without unnecessary flaws that could make them less useful – especially since this project will serve as a template for future protected thoroughfares.

 

Cambridge Chronicle Op-Ed: Three changes to make a safe, people-centered Inman Square

 

At the last public meeting, the city stated that it will be moving forward with a signalized “bend” option for Inman Square, not the roundabout. The design includes essential safety features, such as protected bike lanes and floating bus stops – which is a huge win for bike safety – but it unfortunately also includes features more suitable for a highway than a people-centered square.

 

Some of us wrote a response to the city’s proposed design in the Cambridge Chronicle, detailing the challenge of creating a safe, neighborhood-focused square with the signalized “bend” option and proposed three changes to try to match the levels of safety of the roundabout in the city’s preferred design. You can read more about the most recent Inman Square redesign meeting in the Cambridge Day.

 

P.S. Check out this post on Nine Low-Cost Ideas for Making Cambridge Bicycling Safer by Tom Meek.

 

Sincerely,

Cambridge Bicycle Safety


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4/29 Is The Boston Neighborhood Bike Forum

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 27

From the email:

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The Let’s Get Healthy, Boston! project will be hosting a Boston Neighborhood Bike Forum on Saturday, April 29th in Dudley Square. This event is meant to bring together Boston residents to connect, share, learn and envision what biking could be in our neighborhoods.
The save the date is below (and attached) and a link to the Facebook event can be found here. Please share as you see fit and stay tuned for more details.


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Take Action For A Safer Inman Square

Written by Boston Biker on Feb 06

From CBS:

We’ve got one action for you to take this week for a safer Inman Square, and an update on the Inman Square redesign and the spring protected bike lane network.

Take Action for A Safer Inman Square

1. Review the City’s four design options and then fill out the Design Survey. The city will pick ONE design to proceed with to a 25% design. We need cyclists to reiterate that protected lanes must be included. The Boston Cyclists Union has posted a handy guide on the strengths and weaknesses of the four options.

2. Show up TOMORROW, Tuesday, February 7th to the second presentation of the Inman Square design options; the last meeting had an overwhelming turnout. RSVP & share on Facebook!

Cambridge Public Library (Main Branch), Lower Level (L2)
449 Broadway
5-8 PM Open House, with a 7 PM presentation

Additional office hours they’ve scheduled to view the designs:
344 Broadway, Second Floor (City Hall Annex)
Mon 6-7 PM
Tues – Thurs 12-1PM

Spring Protected Bike Lane Network

We had a good turnout at the city council meeting last week, with bicycle safety being the most-mentioned topic during public comment. The great news is that the councillors unanimously voiced support for an accelerated and broader spring network! This was unprecedented, as councillors, in the past, have raised concerns about the implementation and pushback from some constituents. You can see what the councillors and city staff said in our live tweets here.

Thank you to everyone who has emailed, called, and appeared at council meetings. You’re the reason we’ve gotten this far but we want to continue to work with the city to see a broader implementation of protected bike lanes for people of all ages and abilities. Community meetings will be scheduled soon and we’ll need to continue to speak up and show up to keep the pressure on.

Best,
Annie, Nate and the CBS core team


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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)

Thanks! Any questions, feel free to email [email protected]
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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