Ian Woloschin

Rank: "Jane Jacobs" Civic Points: 22,265
  • 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 Cambridge
    Can 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?).
  • 145 Broadway Cambridge, MA, 02142, USA - East Cambridge
    I believe there is a missing "No Turn On Red" (and potentially an "Except Bikes") sign from the right turn signal head to turn from Broadway onto Galileo Galilei Way.
  • 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 Port
    Variable 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?
  • Beacon 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.

  • 258 Hampshire St Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - Somerville
    Construction 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?

  • Hampshire St Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - The Port
    Cars are obstructing the bike lanes for the entire length of Hampshire St from Inman Square to Kendall Square on both sides of the road.
  • Broadway & Ames St Cambridge, MA, 02142, USA - East Cambridge
    There is no obvious way for bicycles to turn right from Broadway onto Ames St itself or the new two way cycle track on Ames St. There probably needs to be a "No Turn On Red Except Bicycles" sign or something like that placed here again.
  • Ames St Cambridge, MA, 02142, USA - Mit

    Photo taken in front of the Proto Building on Ames St. There's a loading dock around the corner. There was no "Road Closed" or similar signs on either end of the Ames St Cycle Track, as really should be required if there's a truck parked in the middle blocking the whole thing.

    Can bollards be put on either end of the Ames St Cycle Track to prevent vehicles from driving down the cycle track like this?

  • Elm-Hampshire Park Hampshire St, Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - Cambridge
    On Hampshire St this entire block has multiple vehicles parked over 1 foot from the curb, and in several cases (as pictured here) completely obstructing the bicycle lane. I did call CPD, twice, but also reporting here as I'm not sure if CPD's system is integrated with SeeClickFix's reporting mechanisms.
  • 251-253 Hampshire St Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - Wellington-Harrington
    Pile of hard, icy, snow partially obstructing the bike lane.
  • 1-19 Hampshire St Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - The Port

    The bike lane here is not fully marked, and has not been in over a year. There should be a white line along the parked cars, to help vehicle operators not block the bike lane as pictured.

    There are other spots up and down Hampshire St with similar omissions. Obviously with the cold weather painting or applying thermoplastic now is difficult but it would be great if this could be fixed as soon as the weather warms.

    Ideally, this issue should be left open until it is resolved. If it must be closed some sort of other communications channel should be used to notify citizens about activities related to this issue.

  • 1-19 Hampshire St Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - The Port

    Eversource work vehicle parked in a No Parking Zone as well as obstructing a bike lane. No operator in site, no "work lights", cones, signage, or anything else to indicate that this vehicle is actively working in a way that requires the roadway to be obstructed.

    I did call it into CPD, but also posting here to ensure it's captured for whenever someone decides to finally put some protected bike lanes in here to prevent this kind of behavior.

  • 333 Webster Ave Cambridge, MA, 02141, USA - Somerville

    I was almost hit by a huge box truck that was obstructing the bike lane here. While trying to take the lane and bike around the truck the operator started driving, with no signal, and almost hit me.

    I don't believe I did anything wrong here, I had taken the full travel lane, but clearly the lack of a protected bike lane on Webster Ave between the City Line and Cambridge St is not safe. Please consider removing the car storage and adding a fully protected bike lane to mirror what has happened in Somerville.

    At a minimum, provide proper "Bikes May Use Full Lane" signage and sharrows, or better yet an advisory bike lane down the middle of the street.

  • Hampshire St @ Portland St Cambridge, Massachusetts - The Port

    Yet another truck using the bus stop on Hampshire St @ Portland St as a loading zone, obstructing the bike lane in the process. Bonus points for being parked backwards and partially obstructing the crosswalk as well.

    Called it into CPD this morning, but as usual posting here to ensure it's recorded. When can this stretch of Hampshire St get some proper loading zones that prevent bike lanes from being obstructed?

  • 1924 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, Massachusetts - North Cambridge

    Technically there should be a painted bike lane here, but it hasn't been painted ever since the roadway was resurfaced (a month ago?). I called this in to CPD's non-emergency line, but posting here to make sure it's recorded.

    While this issue is important for CPD to know about, it probably should be re-routed to whoever is supposed to be repainting the lines, and then after that to whoever can determine if bollards can be placed here (or the whole bike lane moved to a sidewalk level cycletrack...but that seems unlikely with the roadway just having been resurfaced...).

  • Hampshire St @ Portland St Cambridge, Massachusetts - The Port

    Sysco Food truck blocking the bike lane, while parked in a bus stop, as well as well over a foot from the curb. Not only are cyclists forced out into the roadway, bus riders now must get off the curb (hard for strollers/wheelchairs/etc), walk across the bike lane, which may have confused cyclists who do not realize the bus is improvising a stop, and step up onto the bus (again, really, really hard for strollers/wheelchairs/etc).

    This has been a chronic problem spot for years. How do we make it stop? This is not a safe spot for trucks to park, but the City of Cambridge refuses to give trucks a safe spot to park here so the operators just do whatever they need to get their jobs done. Can we please just work together to provide safe loading zones so we don't have to resort to nearly impossible enforcement?