306 Webster Ave Cambridge, MA 02141 - Wellington-HarringtonWebster Avenue is a heavily trafficked road and has always been very frightening to bike down -- with two-way traffic including the 85 and CT2 bus lines, parallel parking on both sides, and heavy industrial use of the area, you often get cars, buses, bike, and trucks stacking up behind each other because there isn't enough room for everything to get through in both directions at the same time. There shouldn't be parallel parking on both sides of this street, or the street should be one way. Both Cambridge and Somerville should take a look at it.
1304 Cambridge St Cambridge, MA 02139, USA - Wellington-Harrington
Double parking tickets are cheaper than hydrant tickets, so every person who feels like stopping for a while at Inman just double-parks, blocking one side of the road. Of course, tickets don't get issued, so people feel free to do it all the time.
Ignoring the safety problems of the reduced visibility and trying to navigate around cars and avoid pedestrians crossing between cars and so on, it causes knock-on traffic problems for the rest of the city.
During the afternoon and evening, this really slows down traffic, except when a truck unloads across from a double-parked car. Then Beacon St stops when people block intersections, and Hampshire, and Prospect, and Broadway... And so on. I've been stuck in hour-long gridlock in that area.
Parking is, admittedly, at a premium at Inman square, but can we at least have some enforcement from the police who stop there or drive by, so that it might be a little bit more under control?
Intersection Of Green And Hancock Cambridge, Massachusetts - RiversideDriving down Hancock and making the crossing across Green street is often difficult. The streets are narrow and the parking tight which makes the visibility at the crossing blind, particularly if a large vehicle is parked. So when it's at its worst you have to just eek your way into the intersection and hope a car is not coming down Green which itself has no stop sign. This is one spot I've often wished there were a stop sign on Green. There's already a sign post for do not enter signs, so adding stop signs on the opposite sides of the same posts seems straight forward.
150 Cambridgepark Drive Cambridge, Massachusetts - North CambridgeNew bike lanes on Cambridgepark drive are next to sidewalk, with car parking to left of bike lane. On 10/28/16 at 8:15 AM a Crown Uniform Service truck was parked in bike lane, blocking cyclists. Due to illegally parked Crown truck in front, legally parked cars to left, and sidewalk to right, cyclists were blocked in. Vehicle has Mass plates S46 320.
160 Broadway Cambridge, Massachusetts - The Port
Another bike lane obstruction in the same place as last time, right in front of the Draper Lab loading dock. Also, for the record, it appears that the loading dock did have space for the truck to park safely off the street.
I called CPD, where a dispatcher quite rudely said "This is T&P's problem" and forwarded me to a very long phone menu tree. When I finally got through to an operator at T&P they were quite polite, and happy to send an agent to ticket, but had no idea of how to record this as yet another data point, so here I am doing that right now. Please, Obstructed Bike Lanes should be treated as a priority (but obviously not emergency) dispatch. I shouldn't have to listen to a long phone tree to report it, that wastes valuable minutes to get an officer to the scene to attempt to educate the vehicle's operator.
Finally, yet again, I'm going to request that you do something, anything really, at this location to prevent trucks from obstructing the bike lane. Again, I'd love to see a simple experiment done with a few skinny, tall, orange traffic cones lining the bike lane. It's cheap, easy, and not permanent if it doesn't work. I see no reason why we can't try this out for a few days (unless it's heavy snow, of course!).
Also, can we get an official "Who to call?" number, preferably just one number 24/7, so I don't need to remember if a particular office is open or not. CPD's non-emergency dispatch seems like the proper place for that, but probably not if the dispatchers are going to be rude to callers.
295 Windsor St. #4, Cambridge, Massachusetts - The PortThe corner of Windsor and Hampshire Streets is a hot spot for cyclists and a dense, active space compared to the average residential street--and there is nowhere near enough space allocated for locking up bicycles. There are only two bike racks in proximity to the corner, which together accommodate a maximum of four bicycles. Multiple signposts serve as auxiliary bike parking, but those are usually full as well, leaving cyclists to lock their bicycles to the fence in front of the apartment building at 295 Windsor St. I am requesting the installation of an additional two-bicycle rack or (preferably) an on-street bicycle parking stall in front of 295 Windsor St. to alleviate the bicycle parking congestion.
225 Windsor St Cambridge, MA 02139, USA - The PortIllegally parked truck, blocking the bike lane. This is the same truck in the same location at approximately the same time (8:00 a.m.) as yesterday - either CPD wasn't able to issue a citation yesterday or the company doesn't care. As with yesterday, today I called CPD at the time of the illegal parking.
1501 Cambridge St Cambridge, MA 02139, USA - Mid-CambridgeCars and delivery vehicles pose a perpetual danger to cyclists and motorists by using the bike lane as a temporary parking space. Not only do bicyclists have to merge into traffic, but vehicles often have to cross the stripe into oncoming traffic to go around the violating vehicle. Hazard lights shouldn't get you out of breaking the law and endangering your neighbors.
980 Memorial Dr Cambridge, MA - West CambridgeHeading westbound on Memorial Drive in Cambridge and all of a sudden there are cars parked in the right lane. There are no signs to warn you about this and I see people _all_the_time_ swerving in the left lane at the last second. I am frankly surprised that I haven't seen more accidents there. Either put a sign up to warn the drivers in the right lane, or prohibit parking on that stretch of road.
160 Broadway Cambridge, Massachusetts - The Port
Hi Cambridge, it's Ian, are you listening?
Once again there are trucks parking in the bicycle lane on Broadway between Hampshire St and Galileo Galilei Way. I've attached a picture of the truck showing the license plate, as well as the back of a sign that says:
I think the sign is pretty clear, no stopping means no stopping, right? But the trucks are stopping and obstructing traffic. So let's take some action. I'd like to either see some bollards put up to prevent trucks from stopping here, or I'd like to see you removing the bike lane striping and put a "LOADING ZONE" sign in so that everyone is aware that this is a legal loading zone. I'd prefer bollards, but let's be real here, if you'd rather this stretch of road be a loading zone that's fine, just mark it as such so I expect to have to fight for my life while biking through this critical connector to Kendall Square.
I don't want a generic "This is being looked into" response. I'd like to talk to someone about what we can do to take some serious action here. If you're interested in bollards but not convinced they'll help let's trial it with orange traffic cones for a week.
Alewife Station Access Road Cambridge, MA 02140, USA - North Cambridge
Northbound of two-way (T station side) before one-way to Rte 2/Rte 16:
Cars constantly use the bike lane here. I'm in the designated car lane every day and I see cars coming down this street or pulling out of the T station parking lot into the bike lane.
The traffic is always awful here, especially now that there is construction on the one-way section going to the highway. HOWEVER, that is no excuse for cars to use the bike lane. I don't know how this can be fixed, but I really don't want a cyclist getting clipped -- or worse -- at this spot! Maybe some anchored flexible traffic delineators would do the trick?