In October 2020, the Cambridge City Council amended the Cycling Safety Ordinance to require the installation of 25 miles of separated bike lanes across the entire city, including the whole length of Mass Ave., within the next five to seven years. Their design has severely impacted businesses, pedestrians, traffic and all who use Mass Ave.
The Map shows The City of Cambridge’s proposed network of protected bike lanes, from its 2015 Bicycle Plan. Proposed amendments to the city’s Cycling Safety Ordinance would require at least 22.6 lane-miles of this network – including the specific segments highlighted in red dashed lines – to be built by 2026. Map Courtesy of the City of Cambridge.
Mass Ave for All has developed a great website that demonstrates that there are a variety of options that preserve parking, prioritize public transportation, add trees along an identified heat corridor, and will provide safe conditions for people of all ages and abilities traveling by bicycle and foot.
A link to the Zoom webinar will be posted here ahead of the meeting. We will send a reminder email a couple of days before.
The Traffic, Parking and, Transportation Department will host a 2nd community meeting to share final plans for the Mass Ave corridor between Dudley St and Alewife Brook Pkwy. Draft plans are available on the project webpage under "Implementation". We are continuing to accept your feedback on those plans.
Construction will be postponed until after the meeting.
SaveMassAve.com has proposed to the City Council to expand the definition of the Mass Ave Four so all streets between Alewife Brook Parkway and Everett St can be looked at together as a cohesive whole. The design will still need to be approved by April 30, 2022 we are not touching the deadline, but it will allow construction to be done where needed. Intersections, and dangerous areas of Mass Ave can be made safer now. Flex posts and quick build sections, where appropriate can also be installed quickly. Small areas with more complicated design needs would have the approval to use construction to find a solution.
At the September 14 meeting, we shared preliminary plans and took questions. During the meeting and in the days that followed, we received a large amount of feedback. Based on that feedback, we made changes to the previous plan. These include:
Please visit the project webpage for more information on the project, including slides from and a full recording of our September 14 meeting, a link to an email list to sign up for project updates, and more information on the Cycling Safety Ordinance. These materials will be posted on the webpage as well. If you have questions about this project, contact Andreas Wolfe at email@example.com or 617-349-9162,
City Paint's loading zone is scheduled to be moved from in front of their store on Mass Ave to the corner of Magoun St. Trucks will have to drive down quiet Residential One Way Streets from 6:00 am - 10:00 am as children are heading to school and people to are work. Trucks will drive down Magoon St to Whittemore St to Madison St to Columbus St back to Mass Ave.
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Cambridge City Council & City Manager Louis A. DePasquale
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This year’s forum will be held online on ZOOM.
The 2021 City Council Candidates' Forum hosted by Porter Square Neighbors Association, Association of Cambridge Neighborhoods, and Agassiz (Baldwin) Neighborhood Council will be held on Thursday, October 21, 7:00-8:30 PM on ZOOM. The forum will be structured as four panels featuring four candidates each. Our moderator is former Cambridge School Committee member Susana Segat. All panels will be recorded and posted following the event.
How to Attend
- RSVP below by filling in your email and name
- You will receive a ZOOM link closer to the event
- Unfortunately, we cannot accept RSVPs after 6 PM on Wednesday, October 20th
We ask the City Council to allow for meaningful engagement and planning with all stakeholders on Massachusetts Avenue, to develop a long term plan that supports Businesses, reduces Traffic, protects bicyclists and pedestrians. The City Council should mitigate any negative economic impact to our small businesses and support our city. Contact the Cambridge City Council by email at CityCouncil@Cambridgema.gov
Please write any comments you would like to share with the City Council here.
If any of the completed sections of the Mass Ave Bike Lane have affected your neighborhood, business, or commute we need to hear your experience.
If you have any concerns about the upcoming projects and want to show your support for Cambridge to use a better design for the bike lane, please use this form and let us know. Comments will be printed out and submitted to Cambridge City Council.