91 Sherman Street Cambridge, Massachusetts - Neighborhood 9The 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).
9903 Galileo Galilei Way Cambridge, MA 02142, USA - East CambridgeFollowing up on closed issue 4351559 because its been 2 weeks since it was closed and the issue still has not been resolved. Right turn signal on NB Gallieo Gallilei is mounted very low and is regularly blocked by construction vehicles. Drivers turning right cannot see it and just turn whenever they feel like it. I bike and I've nearly been right hooked several times because of this.
Clifton Place Cambridge, Massachusetts - North CambridgeCambridge Housing Authority's (CHA's) redeveloped Jefferson Park (JP) is now being occupied. Clifton Street, which is one way south coming out to Rindge Ave has been extended into JP as a one way extension that loops around and exits JP heading north onto Rindge Ave (making left or right turn with just a STOP sign) with a new name Clifton Place (?). These are two new intersections with Rindge Ave and ISD had issues temporary occupancy permits without any proper street signs or traffic signs in place.
The sidewalk on the south side of Rindge Ave is heavily used by children going to/from the Peabody Elementary School and Rindge Ave Upper School. These children will be going back to school on 9/4, in just about 3 weeks, using Rindge Ave with two new, unfamiliar intersections in addition to nearby Jackson Place on the east and another road exiting from Brickworks Condos on the west. Not to mention new residents who maybe new to the neighborhood and are not used to the students' foot traffic.
For the sake of children's safety, please coordinate efforts of all City departments involved and CHA to make sure all safety measures are in place (street signs, traffic signs, cross-walk striping, school crossing guards to name a few) so that the children will be able to negotiate these new changes safely.
Also. please ensure the traffic light at Clifton Street/Clifton Place are timed properly for the children to cross safely.
Thank you for your expedited action on this critical safety issue.
153 Whittemore Ave Cambridge, Massachusetts - North CambridgeI have noticed in the past 2 weeks that there has been serious enforcement of the "Do not enter between 3 and 7 pm" sign for right turns from Alewife Brook Parkway onto Whittemore Ave. This sign, along side a recent increase in enforcement, seems to be severely restrictive for any employees of Alewife Center or residents of this area wishing to enter or leave the neighborhood. As a result, traffic in the area has gone from bad to worse, and what was once a 10-15 minute delay has become a 30-40+ minute standstill.
The general attitude I have seen from the many new residents suggests that this sign and the traffic resulting from it does not help anyone, rather exacerbating a problem that was minor prior to this recent enforcement.
The signage, which has been up since the 1980's, as the result of a 1970's traffic study, is severely out of date, and does not reflect the rapidly changing demographics of the neighborhood. Once a primarily industrial area with few inward commuting residents in the afternoon, there is now a massive influx of drivers who need to get to their homes every evening. In the past two years, there have been over 100 new units, with easily over 250 residents. This will only continue to worsen with the transformation of once vacant lots into new multi-unit residential communities.
I feel that an abutters only addition to the sign would help with this severe back-up and benefit the residents of this area, and the commuters on Alewife Brook Parkway, as there will be less unnecessary volume going onto Massachusetts Ave. intersection.
Ames St Cambridge, MA, 02142, USA - Mit
I witnessed a bike-on-bike crash today. Luckily, everybody was OK, but the crash illustrates an important problem with our infrastructure.
I was heading South toward Main St on the new two-way bike lane on Ames St, riding behind one other person. Right after we passed Cava, at the driveway leading toward Google / Kendall Center, another person on a bike swooped across the bike lane, apparently taking a left from the southbound travel lane on Ames, and crashed into the person in front of me. Thankfully, they both got up, inspected themselves, and appeared to be OK.
Now, you might think, 'huh, sounds pretty reckless on the left-turner's part', and you wouldn't be wrong. However, there was another contributing factor worth considering: a catering van was illegally parked exactly in the daylighting spot intended to prevent such incidents. See my photo of the scene below. While it's true that the left-turner should have noted the limited visibility and the obvious bike lane, and proceeded cautiously, but I think that gives an unfair pass to the delivery driver who created an unnecessarily dangerous situation in the first place.
If you look at the picture, the problem might become more clear: there's nothing physically preventing the driver from parking in the daylighting spot. This is true in a concerning number of our protected bike lanes (see also the South Mass Ave lanes). I understand the pressure to conserve flex posts (which are hideously expensive), but we really need to account for the fact that people will park anywhere they aren't physically blocked from accessing (i.e. paint is not protection). It's possible that a single additional flex post might have made this incident much less likely.
47 Loughrey Walkway Cambridge, MA 02142, USA - East Cambridge
brand new two way cycle track being blocked for a delivery during morning commute hours with police support. 1/10/19 @ 0836
Cambridge contacted Arlington officer 466 to "watch the area. I asked the officer for more details and was told that the Forman on sight has a permit. I asked for the permit number but they were unable to provide it.
Why is the city issuing permits to block separated bike facility's during commute times, esp with out providing a safe alternative. this is the worst time to do this and puts the most people at risk. if this was the "best" location, the whole block of the cycle should have been closed with "detour" and "bikes can use full lane" signs used. There is near by parking that could have been used that would have been lower impact on commuters and other citizens in the area, why was that not explored? The officer on sight was just watching the people work, he made no effort to make sure that commuters, pedestrians, or workers were making safe decisions with this unmarked and bad use of space. several people almost collided due to blind spots that were made from the large truck that had no business being there.
Cambridgepark Dr North Cambridge, MA 02140, USA - North Cambridge
I timed my legal, with the signals traversal of this intersection passing from CPD (right hand side, only side with a sidewalk right now) to the T. It took 2 minutes and 25 seconds. I also came into conflict with several cars during this time - while the light for peds is white going over CPD, it's entirely blocked by cars turning left from Steel Place. One nearly hit me in the crosswalk.
It's clear that crossing against the signals is both faster and safer. No wonder everyone jaywalks here. I still don't know, despite asking several times, whether the City, DCR, MBTA, or some other entity is responsible for signalling at this intersection, but this is a complete abdication of the responsibility to provide safe pedestrian infrastructure.
40 Market St Cambridge, MA, 02139, USA - The PortThree large raccoons seen at 6:30 this morning hanging out on the street and sidewalk at 40 Market St and then headed down the street. They are attracted to food and debris left in the street, overflowing trash cans, and City trash barrels along Columbia St that people have been asking to be replaced for years. The garbage comes out the bottom of cans. When is the City going to clean this up and insist that landlords keep their properties and street frontages clean? This is a health hazard. that attracts rats as well.
Dana Park McTernan Street, Cambridge, MA 02139, United States of America - CambridgeportClimbing net is coming apart and unsafe as kids feet slip through - needs to be sewn up
117-119 Spring St Cambridge, MA 02141, USA - East Cambridgein what comes as no surprise to anyone, space savers are once again rampant in east Cambridge. No one respects this law, because it is nearly completely unenforced. when it is enforced, it is FAR TOO LATE, these space savers MUST be removed immediately following a snow storm. When the city waits a week or more, the damage is done. Space savers remove parking throughout the area for hours of the day. It is unnecessary and litters the street with TRASH. My hope is that someday, Cambridge will take this problem seriously instead of ignoring it each year. Complaints about Space savers are constant every year, yet nothing changes. There is trash in our street, which leads to rats and other vermin. Not to mention retaliation from neighbors as we see happen each year. PLEASE, PLEASE, DO SOMETHING.
166 Hampshire St Cambridge, Massachusetts - The Port
Moving Truck blocking the bike lane, called CPD but the dispatcher was incredibly dismissive of me. I get that there's a permit for a "Moving Van", but it's a permit to block parking spots, not roadway. My preferred option would be for the moving company to bring an appropriately sized vehicle for the permitted space, but it's probably not a feasible option. If that's the smallest "moving van" they have can we at least get a "Bike Lane Closed Ahead" sign and some cones out to let road users know that we're essentially merging from two lanes to one?
Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA, 02140, USA - North CambridgeThe traffic pattern has apparently changed again and you can no longer turn left from the middle lane. There is a lightly spray painted arrow in the middle lane that gets blocked by the first 2 cars in the lane. Drivers still think you can go straight or turn left from the middle lane because there is no traffic sign to tell them it’s changed. Every day is a near accident because people are used to turning left from the middle lane. There needs to be better painted arrows on the road and clear signage to warn people. This is a brutal intersection