PSNA - September 17, 7-9 PM - Bicycle Safety - Shared screen with speaker view
Ruth, can you introduce the speaker before he starts?
Joe Barr, director of traffic & parking for City of Cambridge, speaking now
to queue up a question in advance: the bike lanes on Mass Ave in North Cambridge have a couple of missing sections around Cameron Avenue. Can this be remedied?
By far the most popular way to die as a cyclist in Cambridge (and Boston too) is to get hit by a truck, often through the infamous “right hook”. We know that trucks do have to drive through Cambridge. To what extent are trucks restricted either to certain streets and certain times in Cambridge, and is it plausible that more restrictions might make cycling and walking safer while still allowing for needed deliveries?
Could you review what are the upcoming plans for any new bike lanes over the next year?
will be asking that.
Do you have any stats about the # of bike accidents by cars happen monthly?
Capital project initial renderings via Cambridge Councilor Mallon’s tweets: https://twitter.com/Ammallon/status/1298345132664782849/photo/1
The rendering I just linked shows what Joe Barr is referring to
The dedicated bike crossing there
Exiting Flagstaff Park can be tricky because I have to turn my head fully around to make sure no cars, trucks, or buses are about to cross my path.
Yeah Ron, exactly. And most folks don’t ever end up in Flagstaff, its really just us cyclists nowadays
I cycled through for years and though there is room for improvement I find the current bike route to be a huge improvement over joining the cars going north out of Harvard Square.
I agree Kathy
It does take some getting used to though!
But once you know, it’s way better
It’s definitely better than not having it, but I find myself merging across one lane at a time coming out of the park.
the #1 bus now turns left on Dunster instead of going up to Johnston Gate, which probably reduces some conflict with cyclists.
Thanks for clarifying that Ron, I forgot that
Great !Q Perry!!
That is a funky spot
I usually prefer to ride through the park towards JFK St and Memorial Driver instead of Eliot Street to JFK Street.
on a block or two of Mass Ave near Cameron, there isn’t even an *un*separated bike lane.
Relevant to what Joe Barr is mentioning: https://www.cambridgebikesafety.org/ordinance/
This is the update that is being discussed https://www.cambridgebikesafety.org/2020-cycling-safety-ordinance/
the St. James construction is what causes the disappearing bike lane there, I think?
Currently: yes. Previously: no.
if we are going to have a median, could it be lushly planted to look nice?
George and Mark - we will get to you shortly!
Ruth me too
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Arlington has a continuous bike lane all the way from Route 16 to the town center, at least
Still tough with parked cars; easy to get doored!
PEDRO VAZ TEIXEIRA
remove parking and add separated, raised lane
That’s the ideal, but Mr. Barr highlights the existing conflicts with motorists, which are real (if not as big a deal to us cyclists)
And, of course, the bus throughput (which is paramount since it serves the most people)
I feel so much safer on Massachusetts. Ave than on do on Oxford, Sherman, or Rindge, where it is much tighter. I know objectively the speed on Massachusetts. Ave is more of a concern.
Kathy that’s interesting!
However I always chose Massachusetts ave over Oxford.
I feel much less safe on Mass Ave Harvard → Porter b/c of the speeds + parked cars
Sherman Street is terrible for cycling, and impossible to widen because buildings come up right to the sidewalk on both sides.
I find Raymond Street a pleasant alternative to Sherman Street, even though it has a small hill.
8 to 80
Thank you for that Jane!
I have a neighbor who rides her trike, and is in her late 60s
I would like to still be cycling when I am 80, since that is only 17 years away for me
And I’m 43 years from being 80!
Ron, I'm your same age, and I feel the same way!! Go 1957!
Within 2 years, the Somerville Community Path (which reaches Mass Ave at Trolley Square) will be extended all the way to North Point near Lechmere.
Maybe Sherman could be 1 way with protected bike lanes in both directions... perhaps as all streets should be if they don't have enough room for bike lanes.
Sherman is the only street that crosses the railroad tracks, so that part would still need to be two-way
Odd that the Bicycle Levels of Comfort don't have kids. BLC 0?
The pre cast curbs look like horrid trip hazards.
Thankfully, they are omitted at pedestrian crossings, so no worries of tripping unless you are dashing mid-block!
There is almost no spare sidewalk on lower Mass Ave.
Thankfully, there is spare roadway that’s been adjusted to be bike & other non-car mode friendly :)
Jeff, this is Massachusetts, people do cross mid block— a lot.
Oh, I know, I’m one of ’em )
In CA you can get a jay walking ticket but not here.
The pre cast curb bits are quite obvious though.
But I hear you. They’re meant to be short-term
That part of Mass Ave just south of Harvard Bridge is a really thing, and Boston has been arguing about it for a while now
I’m hoping they get it together and make those separated lanes more permanent & sensible.
near Porter Square, Hancock Street has a contraflow for bicycles (not really a ‘lane’, more just an allowance)
also, there are plans for rebuilding College Ave and Holland Street next year — can you talk about that a abit?
It has been lovely to see you all again, sorry I’ve been absent lately. I have to head off to a regular hang with some college friends. I’m glad to talk about this stuff, and happy to chat the Somerville side of Porter Sq stuff anytime, so please find me on the listserv or email me directly :)
While we are all here talking about biking I want to give a shout out to Janie Katz-Christy who helped connect and organize a bunch of bike couriers to help get facemasks out to Cambridge seniors for the Living Well Network!
Please also join Cambridge Bike Safety!
When is the next meeting?
Thank you everyone