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PSNA - September 17, 7-9 PM - Bicycle Safety - Shared screen with speaker view
Ron Newman
09:07
Ruth, can you introduce the speaker before he starts?
Jeff Byrnes
09:55
Joe Barr, director of traffic & parking for City of Cambridge, speaking now
Ron Newman
11:41
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?
thomasburke
16:14
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?
normawassel
17:37
Could you review what are the upcoming plans for any new bike lanes over the next year?
Ruth Ryals
18:05
will be asking that.
normawassel
18:12
Do you have any stats about the # of bike accidents by cars happen monthly?
Jeff Byrnes
20:07
Capital project initial renderings via Cambridge Councilor Mallon’s tweets: https://twitter.com/Ammallon/status/1298345132664782849/photo/1
Ruth Ryals
22:14
thank you!
Jeff Byrnes
23:51
👍🏻
Jeff Byrnes
24:03
The rendering I just linked shows what Joe Barr is referring to
Jeff Byrnes
24:20
The dedicated bike crossing there
Ron Newman
28:50
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.
Jeff Byrnes
33:13
Yeah Ron, exactly. And most folks don’t ever end up in Flagstaff, its really just us cyclists nowadays
Kathy Dalton
33:56
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.
Jeff Byrnes
34:02
I agree Kathy
Jeff Byrnes
34:13
It does take some getting used to though!
Jeff Byrnes
34:18
But once you know, it’s way better
Ron Newman
34:33
It’s definitely better than not having it, but I find myself merging across one lane at a time coming out of the park.
Jeff Byrnes
37:06
https://twitter.com/Ammallon/status/1298345132664782849/photo/1
Jeff Byrnes
37:11
Phoebe ^^
Ron Newman
43:32
the #1 bus now turns left on Dunster instead of going up to Johnston Gate, which probably reduces some conflict with cyclists.
Jeff Byrnes
45:44
Thanks for clarifying that Ron, I forgot that
Tom Meek
50:10
Great !Q Perry!!
Jeff Byrnes
50:19
Hear hear
Jeff Byrnes
50:24
That is a funky spot
Ron Newman
52:16
I usually prefer to ride through the park towards JFK St and Memorial Driver instead of Eliot Street to JFK Street.
Ron Newman
01:09:40
on a block or two of Mass Ave near Cameron, there isn’t even an *un*separated bike lane.
Jeff Byrnes
01:10:16
Relevant to what Joe Barr is mentioning: https://www.cambridgebikesafety.org/ordinance/
George Schneeloch
01:13:34
This is the update that is being discussed https://www.cambridgebikesafety.org/2020-cycling-safety-ordinance/
Jeff Byrnes
01:14:37
Thanks George!
Ron Newman
01:17:14
the St. James construction is what causes the disappearing bike lane there, I think?
Jeff Byrnes
01:17:26
Currently: yes. Previously: no.
Ron Newman
01:17:58
if we are going to have a median, could it be lushly planted to look nice?
Ruth Ryals
01:18:16
George and Mark - we will get to you shortly!
Kathy Dalton
01:18:31
Ruth me too
PEDRO VAZ TEIXEIRA
01:21:59
hear hear
Ron Newman
01:22:31
Arlington has a continuous bike lane all the way from Route 16 to the town center, at least
Jeff Byrnes
01:23:13
Still tough with parked cars; easy to get doored!
PEDRO VAZ TEIXEIRA
01:23:37
remove parking and add separated, raised lane
Jeff Byrnes
01:24:16
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)
Jeff Byrnes
01:24:55
And, of course, the bus throughput (which is paramount since it serves the most people)
Kathy Dalton
01:24:56
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.
Jeff Byrnes
01:25:10
Kathy that’s interesting!
Kathy Dalton
01:25:29
However I always chose Massachusetts ave over Oxford.
Jeff Byrnes
01:25:30
I feel much less safe on Mass Ave Harvard → Porter b/c of the speeds + parked cars
Ron Newman
01:25:37
Sherman Street is terrible for cycling, and impossible to widen because buildings come up right to the sidewalk on both sides.
Ron Newman
01:26:31
I find Raymond Street a pleasant alternative to Sherman Street, even though it has a small hill.
Tom Meek
01:27:12
8 to 80
Jeff Byrnes
01:27:21
👏🏻
Kathy Dalton
01:28:53
Thank you for that Jane!
Jeff Byrnes
01:28:58
Hear hear
Jeff Byrnes
01:29:10
I have a neighbor who rides her trike, and is in her late 60s
Ron Newman
01:30:45
I would like to still be cycling when I am 80, since that is only 17 years away for me
Jeff Byrnes
01:30:53
Amen.
Jeff Byrnes
01:31:03
And I’m 43 years from being 80!
Jane Katz-Christy
01:31:40
Ron, I'm your same age, and I feel the same way!! Go 1957!
Ron Newman
01:33:35
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.
Jane Katz-Christy
01:34:07
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.
Ron Newman
01:34:41
Sherman is the only street that crosses the railroad tracks, so that part would still need to be two-way
Jane Katz-Christy
01:36:44
Odd that the Bicycle Levels of Comfort don't have kids. BLC 0?
Kathy Dalton
01:37:31
The pre cast curbs look like horrid trip hazards.
Jeff Byrnes
01:38:12
Thankfully, they are omitted at pedestrian crossings, so no worries of tripping unless you are dashing mid-block!
Ruth Ryals
01:38:13
There is almost no spare sidewalk on lower Mass Ave.
Jeff Byrnes
01:39:11
Thankfully, there is spare roadway that’s been adjusted to be bike & other non-car mode friendly :)
Kathy Dalton
01:40:22
Jeff, this is Massachusetts, people do cross mid block— a lot.
Jeff Byrnes
01:40:32
Oh, I know, I’m one of ’em )
Jeff Byrnes
01:40:33
:)
Kathy Dalton
01:40:39
In CA you can get a jay walking ticket but not here.
Jeff Byrnes
01:40:58
The pre cast curb bits are quite obvious though.
Kathy Dalton
01:41:10
Dubious.
Jeff Byrnes
01:41:10
But I hear you. They’re meant to be short-term
Jeff Byrnes
01:41:38
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
Jeff Byrnes
01:42:03
I’m hoping they get it together and make those separated lanes more permanent & sensible.
Ron Newman
01:48:02
near Porter Square, Hancock Street has a contraflow for bicycles (not really a ‘lane’, more just an allowance)
Ron Newman
01:49:25
also, there are plans for rebuilding College Ave and Holland Street next year — can you talk about that a abit?
Jeff Byrnes
01:52:16
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 :)
Kathy Dalton
02:05:33
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!
Jane Katz-Christy
02:06:12
Please also join Cambridge Bike Safety!
Kathy Dalton
02:06:25
When is the next meeting?
Ron Newman
02:06:36
Thank you everyone