615 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - The Port
I got some insight this week as to why the police have not been helping to keep the #1 bus stop clear. They are themselves using it as a personal parking spot. A separate time from what's in the photo, I watched a uniformed officer loading his personal car in the bus stop. It is not a loading zone.
Police, could you please help by solving the problem rather than making it worse? The T is about to cut ~40% of its budget for 2021 and blocking that spot is costing the T money in having the bus go around obstacles rather than going up and down Mass Ave. While I was taking this picture, a bicycling mother with her child had to pass into the street to go around the bus. And many low-mobility people getting off this bus need to step onto the curb, not the street.
If this was an emergency, the lights could have been on.
Norfolk Ct & Norfolk St Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - The Port
My partner and I were biking toward Central Square when a driver came behind us honking and eventually screaming that we need to be in the bike lane. When I pointed out that the bike lane was for traveling in the opposite direction, she screamed expletives and drove around us THROUGH the bike lane herself to pass us, running the stop sign.
We weren't breaking any rules and we were moving in the direction of the travel lane. I am so sick of being threatened on these residential streets. Can we please have a safe route between Inman and Central Squares? Can we please have infrastructure that isn't paint on a road? Can we please regularly cite drivers who endanger people on bicycles? I don't want to become the next white bike in Cambridge. I'm sick of feeling like I might instigate someone to hurt or kill me just for existing in their way. Isn't Cambridge supposed to be different?
The driver was a woman with a green SUV and New Hampshire plates, but it doesn't matter because this isn't the first or the last time.
blocking bus stop Archived645 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - The PortThe MBTA is making serious cuts to service due to Covid-related budget constraints. People blocking this bus stop (basically all day) are stealing from the taxpayers and ensuring worse T service for the years to come by needlessly slowing down our buses. They're also endangering transit users and people on bicycles in their selfish behavior. This isn't hyperbole. Please intervene on a regular basis.
No, they aren't in the small loading zone. The car in front of them is.
Drivers blocking bus lane Archived615 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - The Port
A near-daily occurrence at the Central Square bus stop. The pictured driver prevented the bus (also pictured) from being able to use the stop. The bus driver let out passengers in the bike lane, endangering the cyclist (pictured) and bus users.
The people of Massachusetts have paid millions in operations and capital improvements for the #1 bus. Cambridge is allowing selfish drivers to steal from this public good and endanger vulnerable road users.
Please redesign this bus stop so that this can't occur; in the meantime, please proactively enforce this (by not asking me to call the non-emergency police line in response to these momentary incidents).
605 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - The Port
Another day, another driver endangering the lives of cyclists.
Please don't tell me to call the non-emergency police line. This happens all day long and just about every time I pass through.
For the long term, I'm looking forward to an actually protected bike lane. There is obviously plenty of street width and demand here.
Construction Complaint Archived169 Tremont St Cambridge, MA, 02143, USA - Somerville
Construction work has been going on since early March. The construction team is only two men, using mostly noisy, consumer-grade power tools. They have gutted and sanded an apartment's entire interior (with the windows open, making ridiculous dust), and have demolished and are rebuilding a 3-storey balcony from scratch; they also did major roof repairs and removed a chimney. They are bringing untreated lumber straight from Home Depot and are sawing it in the yard. Using a nail gun all day long. They play music over a portable speaker all day. The noise and dust have been crazy and I am awakened by their construction work most days of the week. I'm having trouble having my work-from-home meetings.
This is a large building (<9 units), which I'm mentioning because I know Cambridge/Mass laws are different for large buildings. Does the owner not have a responsibility to 1) any amount of prefabrication for this extensive work? 2) hiring a large enough crew to make speedy work of these changes?
With a crew of 2, I am foreseeing this going on until the snow starts, not having been able to open our windows for the whole summer.
Noise - honking at garbage trucks Archived111-167 Tremont St Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - Wellington-Harrington
I posted this issue previously, but the comments got out of hand.
Again, people were honking furiously at the garbage trucks on Tremont St. around noon today while the collectors were trying to do their jobs. There was more honking from a different episode at 8AM because two very large trucks were not able to pass each other on the street. The response to my last ticket was that there were no feasible actions to take. I disagree, and propose:
1) Cambridge should acknowledge that we have far more vehicles per hour than what is considered normal for a residential street (especially compared to neighboring Norfolk St., for example). I estimate over 100 vehicles per hour for a good period of the day, with a good chunk of that number being heavy trucks. Please use this information to understand why there is support from our neighbors to turn our small, traffic-burdened street into a Shared Street.
2) Install some "No honking", "No idling" signage to remind drivers to stop impacting residents with their driving behaviors.
3) Speak with some of the trash collectors and make sure they don't feel harassed. Invite them to ask if they would like a police or city escort if they have any frustrations with this aspect of the route.
4) Encourage Cambridge police to ensure residents through public channels that they are aware and taking aggressive driving seriously (including needless honking). For reference, their current Twitter has no traffic tips, but their banner photo shows an officer standing in a bike lane...Enforcement was understandably low at the height of COVID here, but traffic is back to its old rates and traffic safety metrics are grim in Massachusetts this year, so focusing enforcement on traffic again makes sense.
Sidewalk Defect Archived111-167 Tremont St Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - Somerville
I really appreciate how well the city did here to fix the sidewalk and respect the tree.
In light of the imminent opening of the GLX at the end of our block, and in light of the need for social distancing for the foreseeable future, I don't think this sidewalk is wide enough, and there is nothing preventing the extension of this sidewalk into the street a little. There is the city line, across which no parking is allowed, a fire hydrant and then this wonderful tree. Could we please use these 10 meters to extend the sidewalk. It will help us to better prepare for the future and help protect the tree by offering it a wider, permeable base.
The current status quo: neighbors try to pass each other here, and need to step out into the street to pass. Passing (and speeding) drivers have been honking at my neighbors for taking this step to protect their safety. An extended sidewalk would also reduce the speeding on the street by narrowing the roadway.
1267 Cambridge St Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - Wellington-Harrington
This is Inman Square at Cambridge and Prospect. Two separate drivers were parked in the bike lane, however the forward driver was pulling away by the time I pulled out my camera.
I know the automated reply is going to say I should call the police non-emergency hotline. But can I really be calling the police every time I leave home? How are people on bicycles supposed to follow the rules that are expected of them if they are given an obstacle course?
The issues are systemic, and we need:
1) a consistent police response to the misbehaving drivers. The problem has been deadly at this intersection in the past, so it is not abstract. The increase of deliveries during COVID has increased the amount of temporary parking. However, delivery drivers are very frequently ignoring the empty parking spaces two or three car-lengths forward in the interest of a quick pick-up.
2) a temporary bicycle facility on the other side of the parking lane that allows delivery people to go in and out of traffic without crossing the bike lane. People on bicycles want their local business to survive COVID, and aren't asking the delivery drivers to disappear completely - it is the design of the street that is exacerbating the danger. Why wait for the new permanent design before making it safe?
Reminder: there is still no safe bike route to Central Square, which is our primary access point to regional public transport while we wait for the GLX.
937-951 Memorial Dr Cambridge, MA, 02138, USA - Riverside
The much anticipated Memorial Drive pedestrianization opened up thousands of acres of new parkland for Cambridge residents to enjoy this last weekend, amounting to the creation of a previously unimaginable public resource for our community. It would normally cost billions to acquire such beautiful river-side parkland, but we got it for free!
Cambridge/DCR has called this a pilot project that is subject to evaluation, but I'm afraid we are going to have the wool pulled over our eyes and lose this awesome new resource on a whim. I could imagine both realities: "It has been closed because not enough people are using it"/"It has been closed because too many people are using it." We have been told that the new space is under study, but I have been unable to find any information about metrics that will be used in the evaluation.
I would like to request that the city calculate essential health and environmental indicators that may be currently getting ignored. We will certainly see benefits in Disability-Adjusted Life Years, reduced noise levels, lower air pollution, for example, especially for the thousands to tens of thousands of people who live within ear-shot of Mem Drive. Perhaps residents along the water will have enjoyed their first week of uninterrupted sleep since moving in. Is it ethical to allow cars back on this now-public space? Do we really need 60+ MPH highways on both sides of the river (we all know how fast people actually travel on these roads)?
Please consider this a request for public information. Perhaps a website explaining the evaluation rubric?
The cars are back Archived1193 Cambridge St Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - Wellington-Harrington
As other posters have pointed out, the number of people driving is up this week, and so is the rule-breaking.
The driver pictured here, who was texting, was waiting in line for the Prospect Street light while it was red, and was obviously also blocking the crosswalk. As part of the same run to the store, I saw four incidents of drivers on Broadway who were not stopping for people in the crosswalks as they sped by.
Other times I've mentioned this same issue in my neighborhood on this platform, I've been directed to call the police. But the issue is systemic and should be an issue for City Hall. We are not on our way toward Vision Zero in the current climate.
29 Granite St Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - CambridgeportPearl is a relatively safe street for bicycling for biking toward the Charles from Central Square, despite not having a bike lane, because of its low speeds. The small half-block of Granite Street between Pearl and Magazine Sts would be a good contender for a contra-flow bike lane because it would serve as a good (enough) connection to the bike-ped overpass to the Paul Dudley White Path. I'm aware that one side is used as a bus pick-up area for the school, but perhaps that lane could be temporarily repurposed for users on bicycles for the many hours per day it sits empty.
748 Memorial Dr Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - Cambridgeport
Needed some groceries today and got to the modified entry for Trader Joe's - I completely respect the need to keep the store at low capacity to reduce community COVID transmission. However, the makeshift queue has people waiting on black-top asphalt with no shade for long periods, with masks, for what could be extended wait periods. It was well above 30 Celsius while we waited in full sun and I was starting to feel fatigued from the sun exposure after over 10 minutes of waiting. The queue is also positioned next to their HVAC equipment which was humming well over 75dB.
I know Cambridge has been slow compared to peer cities to make any COVID adaptations for people on foot, but I think this poor design requires an immediate intervention with the help/encouragement of the city. It will pose a threat to people as the temperatures warm, and we will certainly be managing grocery queues for months to come.
For reference, this was between 4-5PM on 22May.
Crowded public spaces Archived3r Alewife Brook Parkway Cambridge, MA, 02140, USA - North Cambridge
I went out for a bike ride yesterday and Cambridge's public spaces were completely overwhelmed with users. In the pandemic crisis, we're all trying to be responsible, finding a balance between social distancing and taking care of our other health needs by moving around a little. But we are seeing how precious few public spaces we really have in our neighborhoods.
Since so few people are driving, perhaps we could consider opening some public roads to people only (by closing them to cars) for the duration of the emergency. Memorial Drive, as on Summer Sundays, but permanent, would be a good candidate, however, I'm aware it's State property. Or other streets that don't serve public transit functions (e.g. Hampshire).
People on the Alewife Linear Park were much, much closer than 2-meters apart, going against best-practice guidelines for public health. I don't know other ways to report this besides an "other" tag.
Pothole Archived7-19 Massachusetts Ave Boston, MA, 02115, USA - Back BayThe construction work appears to be complete here, but the patch-up work from the crews is far too sub-standard. In the Boston-bound bike lane, the lane is such poor condition it shakes one's whole bicycle at any speed. As this intersection has proven deadly for bicyclists, I believe bicyclists should be able to keep their attention on the (illegally) turning cars rather than trying not to fall off in the cracks. Please repave and repaint.
Haviland St & Massachusetts Ave Boston, MA, 02115, USA - Fenway-KenmoreAnother day, another bike lane obstructed by someone who is allowed to put other users' safety at risk. Note: adjacent police officer.
Please forward this request to the planning department as well. Paint on the road is not working for this bike lane.
295-297 Massachusetts Ave Boston, MA, 02115, USA - Fenway-Kenmore2 separate cars stopped in the bike lane in front of Symphony Hall.
Obviously the behavior of these drivers should be addressed by police. But considering it's a recurrent problem, it's clearly also a design issue. Please share this with the planning department.
520 Beacon St Boston, MA, 02215, USA - Back BayIllegal Parking/ Bike Lane obstruction. there is a Uhaul dropbox completely blocking the bike lane. People on bicycles forced to dangerously ride into the street to go around.
Perhaps the design of this bike lane is confusing to delivery people who aren't familiar. The city could perhaps paint the lane or put the lane on a custom elevation so that it doesn't confuse the many people who park in it. The message the adjacent parking meter sends is also a mixed one.