Taylor Square Neighborhood Association

Open Issues: 15 Closed Issues: 1,523 Acknowledged Issues: 27
Watching issues created after: 2016-09-06

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  • 91 Sherman Street Cambridge, Massachusetts - Neighborhood 9
    The traffic signal at this location no longer working. It is always just flashing yellow light.
    It is now very hard to cross the street to the Danehy park. There is also an elementary school here : (the Cambridge Montessori school).
  • 36 Bay State Rd Cambridge, MA 02138, USA - Neighborhood 9

    We live in Bay State Road and we are very happy to see that the renovation work is almost finished. But there are a couple of issues:
    People are not respecting the 20 mph drive limit. They are taking this as an alternative to Concord Ave and we see and hear them go around 40 mph, accelerating greatly just after the Field St lot entrance (even when its a curve).

    This is an issue because THERE IS NO CROSSWALK at the intersection of Bay State and Birch St (between Field St and New St) which creates a makes for a dangerous combination. There are many people with little kids (and without) crossing at the level Bonny's Garden center to get to Imagine, to the Children's Village and of course to Bonny's. And when they get their flowers at Bonny's they have to cross back with their hands occupied, evading cars. Some cars reduce their speed when they see people trying to cross, but most of them don't and that is just an accident waiting to happen.

    What can we do about this, please?

    Traffic calming or an additional crosswalk at the intersection with Birch St and Bay State (or further down closer to the apartments at 42-50 Bay State Rd) should be options on the table. I won't even talk about the noisy Harley motorcycles at 6 am, but talking for all the people with kids it is worrying to see that this street is becoming a highway due to these high speed, infringing cars...

  • 505 Ma-2 Cambridge, MA 02138, USA - Neighborhood 9
    Riley Bros dump truck parked on bike path and sidewalk near Sunoco station and crosswalk to Fresh Pond. Called the state police and they said "maybe they're doing construction"...no one in the truck. Blocks under one of the front tires.
  • 300 Walden Street Cambridge, Massachusetts - Neighborhood 9
    I have yet again almost been hit by a car while crossing on Garden Street at the corner of Walden Street. This intersection is highly trafficked by aggressive drivers using it to cut through the neighborhood. I have seen many a near miss and let me remind you there is a school, playground and park located on the corner I am speaking of. The recent new bump out design has exacerbated the situation pushing the pedestrians directly in front of cars that are turning onto Garden Street, worst design. The original intersection design called for a raised four way cross walk along with the bump out, it was not built. You must act before there is a fatality at this intersection.
  • Other Archived
    Huron Ave @ Concord Ave Huron Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140, United States of America - Neighborhood 9
    Bike locked to City sign making it difficult to get on and off busses.
  • Gas Leak Archived
    157 Garden St Cambridge, Massachusetts - Neighborhood 9
    There is a strong smell of gas at the corner of Garden ST and Walden ST, right next to 157 Garden. This has been going on for a long time - the odor is powerful and nauseating, and it appears dangerous to have a gas leak right next to houses and a school. When does the city plan to have this gas leak fixed?
  • 312-314 Walden St Cambridge 02138, United States - Neighborhood 9
  • Bike Rack Request Acknowledged
    281 Concord Avenue Cambridge, MA - Neighborhood 9
    Bike racks needed outside of our business for the public, guests, and employees.
  • Other Archived
    Raymond Park Walden Street, Cambridge, MA 02140-1340, United States of America - Neighborhood 9
    Way too many off leash dogs and dog poop at the kids playground and Raymond park.
  • 149 Walden Street Cambridge, Massachusetts - Neighborhood 9

    THIS IS VERY DANGEROUS. THIS IS A 4-WAY STOP SIGN DIRECTLY NEXT TO A PLAYGROUND.

    Many drivers blow through the Walden/Raymond intersection on Walden heading toward Sherman. This is due to the Stop sign being hidden behind a tree up until a few feet before the intersection.

    See attached photo.

    Please address this issue immediately.

  • 157 Garden Street Cambridge, Massachusetts - Neighborhood 9
    Despite the recent work by Eversource, there is still a smell of natural gas at the SE corner of Walden and Garden. It's been easy to smell just about every day since the work was done. Today it was almost overpowering.
  • 249 Walden Street Cambridge, Massachusetts - Neighborhood 9

    This is just a suggestion for a pedestrian improvement to the Walden/Sherman intersection that could hopefully be done during the planned reconstruction of Walden from Sherman to Garden in FY19.

    Currently, three of the crosswalks in this intersection are set well back from the corners of the intersection (sidewalks on the W, N, and E legs). I wonder if these crosswalks could be moved towards the corners, such that all four crosswalks share curb cuts and tactile paving where they meet at each sidewalk.

    The main reason to make these changes is to improve pedestrian safety: cars often stop beyond the stop bars, which are understandably set far back to allow clear left turns. Cars stopped beyond the stop bars block the crosswalks, which is particularly problematic when pedestrians are trying to access curb cuts. Anecdotally, I have encountered this most often on the northeast crosswalk going from the traffic signal control box toward the Masse Hardware building.

    These changes would also make pedestrians more visible to cars - the current crosswalks “hide” pedestrians from turning cars behind traffic control boxes and utility poles (especially the NE crosswalk I mentioned above). With a new arrangement, pedestrians would be more prominent at the corners, and turning cars wouldn't be surprised when pedestrians are legally crossing. Finally, these changes would give thoroughgoing pedestrians a straighter route across the intersection, rather than having to make several turns to get to the curb cut, cross, and then go back to their previous route on the sidewalk.

    I’ve attached a quick drawing of what this could look like, with the changed elements highlighted in green. I think this avoids all the utility/traffic poles and hydrants in the intersection, but there may be other issues like drains, etc. In any case, thank you for your consideration.