Traffic/Pedestrian Signal Complaint Archived274 Putnam Avenue Cambridge, Massachusetts - Cambridgeport
For cars driving SOUTH on Putnam, there is often considerable back-up on Putnam caused by cars waiting to make the LEFT turn onto River St (heading EAST). There is no room for cars backed up behind these waiting cars to continue on through the intersection on Putnam, and prevent the back-up.
Maybe a LEFT TURN signal for ~5 seconds (or so) to allow the south-bound traffic to clear the intersection and prevent this back-up?
45 Maple Ave Cambridge 02139, United States - Mid-Cambridge
I’m glad as a community we have brought composting into our weekly p/u, but I am having trouble with the biodegradable bags dissolving in the countertop container before I have enough in there to warrant taking it out (seems like a waste of bags). Plus, they’re going to dissolve outside before p/u just as they do indoors. Either way, stinky water ends up in the indoor countertop bin, or outside in the sidewalk bin - both result in messes that need clean up.
What to do about this?
Traffic/Pedestrian Signal Complaint Archived69 Scott Street Cambridge Massachusetts - Agassiz-Harvard
I would like to ask the city of Cambridge to look into the advantage of replacing what is now a Right-turn arrow in the traffic light at this intersection (the traffic light is on Beacon/Scott facing Park Street) with a Left-turn green arrow, with a 3-5 second delay, to create a window for cars turning left from Park onto Beacon, which most of the cars waiting on Park at that intersection do.
As it is, the Right-turn arrow is silly bc practically no cars make a Right turn from Park onto Beacon, and cars trying to make the Left are blocked by a steady stream of cars coming straight across Beacon from Scott onto Park.
The result - with the current configuration - is that only one, or maybe two cars trying to make that Left from Park onto Beacon, are able to do so. So traffic backs up on Park, and the drivers waiting there who are wishing to make the turn get impatient from the slow progress, and rush through the light as it changes - and after it's changed - because the light is currently so short.
A Left-turn arrow for cars turning Left from Park onto Beacon - with a 3-5 second lead - could really improve what is otherwise a very frustrating, inefficient, and fairly dangerous intersection.
1423 Cambridge Street Cambridge Massachusetts - Mid-Cambridge
This post regards mo-ped use in the city, both in terms of excessive noise and now, for me, public safety.
On Wed July 18, I was riding my bike up Cambridge Street heading west from Inman Sq. I was in a section that had no bike lane but I was well to the side. Suddenly an extremely loud, high-pitched, ragged noise of a mo-ped burst some distance behind me, maybe coming from the traffic light in Inman Sq, The sound was so loud and distressing, and the speed with which the mo-ped was apparently coming up behind me - was distressing and scary. There was a long stretch between some parked cars to my right so I moved a bit further over to allow this menace to go around me. It continued to whine and scream behind me but would not pass. I glanced behind to see where it was, and when I looked back up I wobbled and crashed, landing face-first on the concrete curb. My face was bashed and my back/neck snapped. A bystander called 911 and I was taken by ambulance to the ER where I got scans and xrays. I have a fracture in my cheekbone, a fracture in my collarbone and a concussion; plus the abject trauma of the accident both in physical and psychological/emotional terms. It could have been so much worse.
The mo-ped did not stop and no one got the plate or description.
I have been disturbed before by the excessive noise of a mo-ped in my neighborhood, but now this noise has moved from irritant and nuisance to dangerous. I am suggesting the city craft more specific laws regarding mo-peds in terms of noise and rules for their use in our city.
Tree Pruning Request Archived24 Pleasant Street Cambridge Massachusetts - RiversideIt's really hard to enter traffic on Western Ave by car from Pleasant Street bc of the (very pretty but also) very tall flowers on the corner there. The flowers make it very hard see up Western and thus oncoming cars.
2–98 Marie Ave Cambridge 02139 United States - Mid-Cambridge
The 2 driveways next to each other at this section of Marie - which is utilized by 5 separate owners of residences on both sides of the 2 driveways - is too often used by work trucks and other sorts of vehicles.
The times I have caught them pulling in here (one of the driveways is mine), and ask them to not park there, I am responded to with unhelpful comments like “we’re only going to be here for like an hour”. If I persist, they sometimes become unpleasant, or just ignore me. I have watched neighbors be similarly inconvenienced when trying to exit or enter their driveways.
Is there any sort of “no parking anytime” signs that could be placed to bracket the space created by the 2 driveways, or a painted curb? I think most of us would greatly appreciate not having to get involved in annoying or irksome back-and-forths, or made late for appointments.
Bike Lane Obstruction Archived110 Hampshire Street Cambridge, Massachusetts - The Port
Truck blocking bike lane; no driver or other human with truck.
These kinds of blocks really should be ticketed. It puts cyclists at risk when we have to move out into the main part of the street to go around such obstacles.
45 Maple Avenue Cambridge Massachusetts - Mid-Cambridge
The intersection at Maple and Marie has a toddler/young child playground on the SW corner of this intersection.
We occasionally get a speeding car coming from Cambridge Street, and racing down Maple to Broadway. Whenever I hear one of these speeding cars coming down the street, I wait with my heart in my throat, picturing the many parents with strollers and little kids in tow crossing at this intersection as they arrive at or leave the park, or as they stand near the intersection chatting with friends. This is a (usually) very quiet street and a speeding car is an anomaly - I don't think these parents would ever expect a speeding car near them and their children, and I really fear there is going to be a terrible tragedy at this intersection one of these days.
Maple Ave was recently torn up to replace some pipes, and it will be repaired/repaved at some point (I hope!). I would like to suggest that the city incorporate into this repair a raised speed square at the intersection of Maple & Marie to help slow cars down as they approach the area where this playground is. Not only do these speeders put the small children and parents who utilize the playground at risk, they put anyone going about their business down the length Maple Ave at considerable risk as well.
Composting Mess Archived5 Marie Ave. Cambridge Massachusetts - Mid-Cambridge
Both my little indoor compost bucket and my outdoor compost bin gets wet bc the (necessarily, of course) biodegradable bags break down so quickly.
The compost ppl would have missed my pick-up if I hadn't been out on my porch when they did Marie Ave. When I went to retrieve my bin after they dumped its contents in their truck, the bottom of the bin was full of stinking fluid and huge.....MAGGOTS!! Any more suggestions?? GAG ME!!!
Tree Removal Request Archived47 Maple Ave Cambridge Massachusetts - Mid-Cambridge
Previously reported by another resident ~1-2 months ago.
The tree has died and expired whilst growing into electrical wires and such.
It puts the resident building right next to it (45-47 Maple Ave) and parked cars at some risk of damage, as well as risk of harm to pedestrians.
66 Maple Ave Cambridge Massachusetts - Mid-CambridgeA dark grey Hyundai with a guest permit has been parked in the same spot for at least 1 week. The problem is (besides possible overuse of the resident guest permit) that the car alarm goes off EVERY AFTERNOON for at least 1/2 hour; sometimes up to an hour. Multiple neighbors are being significantly impacted by this - today one of my neighbors called the non-emergency police # and some officers were dispatched. They have as of this posting left, and the car is still there. Perhaps it was ticketed, but this car has to go!
Pothole Archived66 Maple Avenue Cambridge Massachusetts - Mid-CambridgeBig pothole at the top of Maple Ave, on the left side after you turn onto Maple from Cambridge St. It developed following extensive, deep street repair on Maple & Marie over the past month, and there are several other spots with high potential pothole formation from same.
I'm watching those snowplows... Archived6-8 Marie Ave Cambridge Massachusetts - Mid-Cambridge
I shoveled out all the snow that the plows (again) shoveled into my driveway last night and today. While I was shoveling, the plow came by again, and I made my presence known. He turned the blade away from my driveway, so now I know that it is possible for them to do so!
I am posting a picture here of my shoveled-out driveway to serve as a time stamp, so if it gets plowed in again I'm going to know that the driver is intentionally undoing all of my hard work. So I guess this is kind of an experiment. I know I was not the only Cantibrigian that was incensed at having their driveway/s plowed in this past winter!
Tree Planting Request Archived6-10 Marie Avenue Cambridge, Massachusetts - Mid-Cambridge
Recently a big-ol' top-heavy maple was cut back to what is now a 12 foot-high stump. The former tree - although visibly unstable, especially given the violent storms we have been subject to lately - used to provide some welcome shade on what is an otherwise pretty glaring stretch.
I have put in a separate issue requesting thatl this stump get pulled, and a new tree be planted, or even a couple of new trees spaced ~20-30 ft apart, so we might enjoy some of that natural cooling and visual beauty again?
Thank you -
6-10 Marie Avenue Cambridge, Massachusetts - Mid-Cambridge
Recently a big-ol' top-heavy maple tree was cut back to what is now a 12 foot-high stump. The former tree - although visibly unstable, especially given the violent storms we have been subject to lately - used to provide some welcome shade on what is an otherwise pretty glaring stretch.
Can you pull this stump and plant a new tree, or even a couple of trees space ~ 20-30 ft apart, so we might enjoy some of that natural cooling and visual beauty again?
Thank you -