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Open Issues: 78 Closed Issues: 5,765 Acknowledged Issues: 149
Watching issues created after: 2017-02-11

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  • Clifton Place Cambridge, Massachusetts - North Cambridge
    Cambridge 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.
  • 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).
  • 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 Port
    Three 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.
  • 30–98 Scott St Cambridge 02138, United States - Agassiz-Harvard

    So I submitted your request a while ago, but there is none of signage on the counter flow turn onto Scott St. The response was that it was signage that, but as I pointed out the request the cars coming from scott and Beacon in both directions have no awareness.

    The one sign you have only tells cyclist that they can go down Scott Street there is no awareness for cars, especially cars coming out of Scott and turning left onto Beacon who have no idea that place you’re coming straight across to the counter flow which looks like a parking line at best

    You’re setting up collision points that don’t have to be there, add better sign

    I got honked at by an suv coming out to Scott st tonight and had I not yielded to him turning left when I had the right away he would’ve hit me

  • 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...

  • Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA, 02140, USA - North Cambridge
    The 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
  • Sidewalk Defect Acknowledged
    148 Pleasant Street Cambridge, MA - Cambridgeport
    After recent sidewalk crossing repairs, water pools at the corner of Putnam and Pleasant Streets. Water does not drain until it becomes very deep water. There was not a problem with draining prior to these repairs. The sidewalk is angled at each crossing so the water pours away from the street, not towards the street. This can be fixed if the sidewalk is angled back to be lower towards the street than the house there - which will result in pedestrians not having to walk into the street to avoid the flooded area.
  • 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?

    Thanks!

  • 1420 Massachusetts Ave Cambridge, MA 02138, USA - Mid-Cambridge
    Cambridge Police Officer on traffic detail (see citation book left on dash board) can't be bothered to park in a legal parking space. He could have at least parked with enough care to not needlessly block the bike lane. You do a great job on other aspects of law enforcement, so I don't get the complete lack of care and professionalism here. How hard is it to walk a block from a parking garage?
  • 302 Washington St Cambridge, MA 02139, USA - The Port
    Reaching out to community for help adding something useful to police report. (Ran us out of a crosswalk, then followed us for about a minute shouting abuse at us for having dared to cross the street when he was driving in it)