Please check Cambridge Streets for All (CSA) an all-volunteer educational and advocacy group formed by and for Cambridge residents and business owners. We are advocating for equitable, evidence-based and common-sense policies and regulations for our city's streets, policies that serve the residents, businesses and everyone who uses and relies on them.
It’s common sense.
In October 2020, the Cambridge City Council amended the Cycling Safety Ordinance to require the installation of approximately 26 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. A design is needed that allows for safe streets, and supports our residents, businesses, elderly and disabled.
The Map shows the City of Cambridge’s proposed network of protected bike lanes, from its 2015 Bicycle Plan, Updated in 2020. 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.
Click on Map for Larger image, Map Courtesy of the City of Cambridge.
Three City departments collaborate on the design, community engagement, installation, and construction for street and transportation improvements:
Belmont Street Reconstruction Project: Belmont Street, from the Belmont town line to Mt. Auburn Street, is scheduled for upcoming street and sidewalk reconstruction.
Brattle Street Safety Improvement Project: This quick-build project will install separated bike lanes on Brattle Street between Mason Street and Mount Auburn Street and make improvements to pedestrian crossings.
Chestnut Street Reconstruction Project: Chestnut Street from Sydney St. to Pleasant St. is scheduled for reconstruction in 2023 as part of the City's Five Year Plan for Sidewalk and Street Reconstruction.
Danehy Park Connector: The Danehy Park Connector / New Street Path is a proposed multi-use path between Concord Avenue and Danehy Park.
Grand Junction Multi-Use Path: The Grand Junction Multi-use Path is a proposed off-street multi-use path running alongside the existing railroad tracks in the Grand Junction corridor from Boston University Bridge to Somerville. The city's objective is to design, in as much of the corridor as possible, a 14-foot wide path with two-foot wide buffers on both sides.
Hampshire Street Safety Improvement Project: This quick-build project will install separated bike lanes along Hampshire Street between Inman Square and Broadway.
Harvard Square Kiosk and Plaza: A community process established a vision for the Harvard Square Kiosk and Plaza to be flexible, dynamic, and welcoming community assets that enhance the everyday life of Harvard Square, act as platforms for community gatherings, including civic, artistic, and social activities, and attract and serve a broad range of people.
Linear Park Redesign: Linear Park, located in North Cambridge between Alewife Station and the Cambridge-Somerville city line, is a popular open space corridor for commuting and recreation. Given its age and condition, the City of Cambridge is undertaking the redesign and reconstruction of Linear Park between the Russell Field Fieldhouse and the Cambridge-Somerville city line, just north of Mass Ave.
Main Street Safety Improvement Project: This quick-build project will install separated bike lanes along Main Street between Massachusetts Avenue/Lafayette Square and Portland Street.
MassAve4 Cycling Safety Ordinance Projects: In the Cycling Safety Ordinance, sections of Massachusetts Avenue that have complicating factors were identified as the “MassAve4.”
Mt. Auburn Street at Aberdeen Avenue Intersection Safety Improvement Project: This project will make changes at the intersection of Mt Auburn Street and Aberdeen Avenue and to Mt. Auburn Street from Belmont Street to Brattle Street. Changes will improve safety at the intersection for people walking, biking, driving, and riding buses.
Park Ave Road Reconstruction Project: Park Avenue, from Huron Avenue to Holworthy Street, will be reconstructed in 2023 to improve drainage, make sidewalks more accessible for all users, add trees and green infrastructure, and make the street safe for all users.
The Port Infrastructure Improvements Project: The Port neighborhood is vulnerable to flooding. This project will reduce flooding by replacing old pipes, installing new pipes and building underground storage tanks. The project will also include improvements to drainage, water, sewer, streets, sidewalks, trees, and open space.
O’Brien Highway (Route 28) Reconstruction Project: Divco West, the developer of Cambridge Crossing, is redesigning and reconstructing O'Brien Highway from Land Boulevard to Third Street and some nearby streets. Reconstruction includes separated bicycle lanes, new sidewalks, enhanced pedestrian crossings, and landscaping.
River Street Reconstruction Project: This project will redesign River Street (from Memorial Drive to Massachusetts Avenue) to meet everyone’s needs; address utility and infrastructure needs; and develop and install a new design for Carl Barron Plaza. The project includes the bus terminal at River and Magazine Street and the Carl Barron Plaza (the public plaza in front of the Amazon, Cambridge Savings Bank, and