1249 Cambridge St Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - Wellington-Harrington
A while ago it was decided to make part of Cambridge st one-way, and with very little parking, at significant negative impact to local traffic, so that local businesses may enjoy greater customer flow safely by having outdoor seating. I have accepted this imposition without protest due to the solid rationale.
However, today, a good weather weekday during lunch time, there is still no seating at any local establishment, they are all take-out only, and it seems we made all these changes only to create a reserved parking of sorts...
Given that local businesses are not using the space as intended, the public's full traffic usage of Cambridge street should be restored.
35 Cambridge, MA 02142, USA - MitCan a ticket be issued based on this photo? I know Cambridge police is allowed to ticket on photos. This Uber driver refused to leave the bike lane. I pulled over to inform him that this was dangerous. He told me that "you cyclists are no saints", asked me "where [my] ticket book is", and then rolled up his window and stayed. Since he doesn't think he did anything wrong due to the lack of a ticket, can we help him out on that front?
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.
35 Berkshire St Cambridge, MA, 02141, USA - Wellington-HarringtonThe earth walls of the foundation recently dug (and abandoned due to COVID-19) at 35 Berkshire St are eroding underneath the adjacent sidewalk (pictured) and parking lot access road. I don't know how close either are to collapsing, but it seems like a serious hazard.
35 Cambridge Park Cambridge, Massachusetts - North CambridgeUber and Lyft cars have been parking on the bike path outside of Cambridge Park Apartments in the morning and evenings. This is blocking traffic and making drivers drive on the wrong side of the road. The elevated bike path has only made things worse since the taxi cars now will not pull over and just park in the middle of the road.
35 Cambridgepark Dr Cambridge, MA, 02140, USA - North CambridgeThe same cars parked in this bike lane as are parked in the bike lane every morning! Why isn't there ever any ticketing here?
23 Cushing St Cambridge, MA 02138, USA - CambridgeSomeone has painted parking stalls, lane striping, and directional arrows near the intersection of Cushing and Belmont streets.
107 Otis Street Cambridge, MA, 02141, USA - East CambridgeIllegal curb cut between 105 & 107 Otis Street. Resident placed non-cambridge issues "no parking" sign on non-conforming driveway/curb cut.
20 Gray St Cambridge, MA, 02138, USA - Neighborhood 9This "no parking" sign was stapled directly on to our house -- the sign should not be stapled to private property.
Lot C Leonard Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02143, United States of America - Mid-CambridgeI realize it's early on in the snow storm. And we didn't even get that much snow. However the bike lane snow was plowed and piled into Leonard Av in a residential spot. This large pile of snow is blocking a storm drain as well. Given the flood warnings etc. this is not an acceptable practice by the bike lane plowing. Last winter this same practice occurred and caused flooding in the cross walk etc. in larger storms with parking bans it takes away from places to park on an already congested street because of all the parking lost during the cambridge street reconstruction/ redesign. This practice needs to be addressed asap. If they want bike lanes in the winter the city should spend the money to remove the snow. And not place it on storm drains and people's only place of residential parking on their street! I pay 25 dollars for a parking space each year a bike pays nothing. It's not unreasonable to ask for a space and a non flooded street. End rant
70 Montgomery Street Cambridge, Massachusetts - North CambridgeI am wondering why the sidewalk between 70 & 72 Montgomery St. has a modified street sign: "TOW AWAY ZONE." (see picture). It seems like a perfectly legal parking spot for the resident.
Green St & Pleasant St Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - Riverside
Thank you for installing electric chargers in some of the parking lots in Cambridge. This is something great and very important!
The problem is that numerous times these Electric Vehicle (EV) spots are occupied by non-EV (gasoline) cars! :((
There have been times that I was unable to charge my EV car because these spots were blocked by non-EV cars.
While the drivers are also to blame, we can do a better job explaining to them this new concept. For example, see the attached image from one of the 2 parking lots in Green st. & Pleasant st. There is no sign on the charger, and there is some mark with a thin chalk on the ground. The problem with the thin chalk is that it is completely invisible when there is snow or ice, or when it is dark (any time of the year).
What we need is something like the chargers in the Union Square parking lot in Somerville: "Electric Vehicles only". Adding a note that the car may be otherwise towed would definitely help. Once we have such signs, enforcing this rule (the same way we efficiently enforce expired parking) would be totally justified.