Hampshire St & Murdock St Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - CambridgeRoadwork signs are placed in the bike lane in both directions. I asked the detail officer if a safer location could be found for these signs and he said "Nope!" Forcing cyclists to merge into traffic seems unsafe, could street parking be restricted during working hours to make this safer?
100 One Kendall Square Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - The Port
Sysco tractor trailer parked in the bus top and obstructing the bike lane. For bonus points there was a huge liftgate that was hard to see in the glare from the sun at just the right height to decapitate a cyclist.
Please find a way to prevent trucks from parking in this bus stop and obstructing the bike lane here.
I called CPD at the scene and provided this information, posting an issue here since it is unclear if the two systems are linked in any meaningful way.
Of note, this is the second day in a row that a truck was parked here around the same time. This is not an isolated issue, this is a consistent hotspot that requires actual corrective action beyond just enforcement. Please ensure this ticket is seen by someone outside of CPD as they clearly do not have the resources to ensure bus rider & cyclist safety here.
147-151 Hampshire St Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - Wellington-Harrington
Box truck parked poorly in a bus stop. The truck was over 1ft from the curb and also blocking the bike lane. Shortly after taking this picture a CT2 bus arrived and blocked all traffic while allowing passengers on/off in the middle of the street.
Please do something, anything really, to prevent trucks from parking in this bus stop! Consider working with adjacent building management to encourage proper use of loading docks.
And yes, I stood outside in the rain and called CPD to let them know about this problem because it is absolutely ridiculous that hundreds of cyclists and bus riders are inconvenienced by a single vehicle parking illegally.
Pavement Marking Issue Archived300 One Kendall Square Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - The Port
The pavement markings around here, specifically the bicycle lanes, are complete faded. This is presumably from heavy vehicles driving over the pavement markings. Please repaint the pavement markings here, with the following additions.
1) Actually paint the bike lane on the parking side, to help motorists park as close to the curb as possible. Use dashes across driveways or fire hydrants as needed.
2) From Portland St to Broadway please put down green in the full bike lanes to help indicate the conflict zones. If this whole stretch cannot be done focus on the turn approaching Broadway. This was done at other conflict zones on Hampshire St so I imagine this should be straightforward to implement here as well.
Happy to meet someone at this location during the day for a brief walkthrough if there is any confusion with this request.
300 One Kendall Square Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - The Port
I don't know if this is the right bucket, but I'd like to request flex posts, bollards, or some other vertical separation of the bike lane on Hampshire St between Portland St & Broadway. I often find cars ignore lane markings and larger vehicles (buses, trucks, etc) have trouble not dragging the rear wheels through the bike lane while making the tight turn to approach the intersection with Broadway.
How can we make this small section of road safer for cyclists?
31-33 Portsmouth Street Cambridge, MA, 02141, USA - Cambridge
USPS van parked in the bike lane. Right after I took this picture he drove up another block, and obstructed the bike lane again (see picture below). I stopped to take another picture, which drew the attention of a CPD cruiser going the other way.
I asked the officer if we could do anything, he claimed he's "sweeping for bike lane obstructions" but he did not appear to be able to issue a ticket. I did not call CPD since they were already on scene and unable to assist.
The USPS driver then tried yelling at me that I was running red lights, as if that made obstructing a bike lane ok. I do not run red lights (it's illegal, dangerous, and stupid!), so I'm not sure who he was talking about, but even if I had done something wrong I don't understand how two wrongs cancel each other out here. During this encounter the CPD officer was present, but still did not get out of their cruiser to intervene with a private citizen being harassed.
Icy or Snowy Bike Lane ArchivedHampshire St Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - Cambridge
The bike lanes on Hampshire St are covered in slippery, wet leaves. Slippery enough that when the cyclist in front of me slowed to let a pedestrian cross, my rear wheel instantly locked up and I went down, hard, falling into the car lane. Thankfully no cars were approaching so I did not get run over.
Street sweeping really needs to be done more frequently than once a month during the fall, at least on major bicycle corridors. I called CPD and reported the public safety issue, but it's not clear if anything will come of that so I'm reporting it here as well.
Illegal Ticketing Archived52 Brattle St Cambridge, MA, 02138, USA - West Cambridge
My vehicle was illegally ticketed, "METER EXPIRED/NOT PAID BY PHONE", even though the online parking app showed more than 20 minutes of additional time. I tried disputing the ticket but the website refused (I guess I have to wait a week and hope to remember to dispute it?), so posting this here as a warning to others.
Please educate your ticket agents to actually, you know, not illegally ticket. Also update your dispute system to be more realtime, there's no reason it should take more than a couple of minutes to be updated with the latest information.
200 Hampshire St Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - Mid-Cambridge
Box truck obstructing the bike lane, looks like they were making a delivery to an area restaurant. Unfortunately, the box truck does not fit here since the City has neglected to provide an adequately wide loading zone. Can the City figure out a way to remove parking from one side so a box truck sized loading zone can be created?
Oh, and yes, I called CPD, even though there were four officers standing around 100 ft away in Inman Square. I'm assuming they were on a construction detail, though it's pretty hard to tell.
6 Cambridge Ctr Cambridge, MA, 02142, USA - Mit
Box truck and racks of flowers obstructing the bike lane & right turn lane. Particularly frustrating since the business has a loading dock & extensive alleyway that would be a safer place to unload at.
Called CPD and provided information to the dispatcher. Could not see a license plate on the rack of flowers so was unable to provide that information.
Porter Square 1924 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, MA, 02140, USA - North CambridgeCan we please get flexposts installed to prevent Uber/Lyft drivers from parking in the bike lane in front of Christophers? I did not call CPD because while conspicuously taking this picture the driver finally looked up from his phone and noticed me and drove off (mission accomplished?).
83 Hampshire St Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - The Port
Sign indicating "Share The Road" in the middle of the bike lane, right before construction forced all road users to the right. Why block the bike lane here, why not block the car lane? After all, motorists are the ones who must execute a lane shift here.
After taking this photo a police officer stepped out into the road and tried to give me a hard time about how he specifically placed the sign in the bike lane because it was safer to force cyclists to merge instead of forcing cars to merge. It sounds like he was mad at cyclists filtering forward on the right (which is a bit stupid in a narrow lane!), but that seems like an odd reason to then force *every* cyclist to do something else dangerous.
I obviously did not call CPD for this obstructed bike lane because it was CPD who obstructed the bike lane in the first place.
Hampshire St Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - The PortVariable message board is basically fully obstructing the bike lane and the beginning of Hampshire St. Is there any way that the sign could be moved to be partially on the sidewalk (perhaps obstructing the brick area, but not the concrete?) and leave the bike lane unobstructed?
Construction Complaint ArchivedBeacon St & Dickinson St Somerville, MA, 02143, USA - Somerville
What is the traffic mitigation plan for Inman Square construction work? Are there alternative routes, specifically for bicyclists, pedestrians, or other vulnerable road users, that are recommended to be used during construction? If there are any recommended detours, are they signed?
Somerville did an excellent job of providing well signed and publicized bicycle detours for the adjacent Beacon St construction project, which basically sets the bar for Cambridge to do the same, or better, on the adjoining stretch of road. Since this construction begins right at the City line I'm sure Somerville would be happy to help sign a route that is partially in Somerville.
Construction Complaint Archived258 Hampshire St Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - SomervilleConstruction activities have left what is essentially an unauthorized speed bump in the middle of the road on Hampshire St. This is incredibly dangerous to cyclists, even marked as seen in the picture, yet Cambridge has offered no signed detours around the construction. Please either fix this or provide a posted detour for cyclists.
149-157 Broadway Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - Wellington-Harrington
Box truck pulled into bike lane and the operator flicked on his hazards. Got out of the truck, rummaged around in the back for a while, and then hand carried two small boxes down the Draper Labs loading dock. I forgot to take a picture of the loading dock, but there was plenty of room for this truck to park in the loading dock proper, instead of obstructing the protected bike lane.
I called CPD but the driver left before any police officers arrived.
Can Cambridge work with Draper Labs to refuse deliveries from drivers who refuse to use their loading dock?