Cambridge business owners say bike lanes are keeping customers away Harold Gilmer owns Elite Barber Shop on Mass. Ave and has been cutting hair in the neighborhood for 21 years. "It's affected everybody around here, the business is not the same," Gilmer said.
Courtesy Chanel 5 June 2022
A bike lane is causing conflict in Cambridge, Massachusetts, between business owners and members of the cycling community, who say safety along Massachusetts Avenue should be the No. 1 priority. It was a fairly quiet morning inside Fast Phil's barbershop in North Cambridge – an occurrence, owner Cindy Hughes said is happening all too frequently.
Courtesy Chanel 5 May 2022
Business owners at odds with the City of Cambridge over the planned removal of dozens of parking spots along Massachusetts Avenue to make room for vertically-separated bike lanes. The move is part of a city ordinance requiring the installation of 22 miles of separated bike lanes across the entire city, including the entire length of Massachusetts Avenue, within the next five to seven years. Business owners say it would require the removal of at least 40 to 50 percent of street parking.
Courtesy Chanel 5 April 2022
There is a bike lane battle happening right now in Cambridge. While the city wants to turn some parking spots into separate bike lanes, some businesses are saying not so fast.
Courtesy Chanel 25 April 2022
City of Cambridge installed a 2 way Bike Lane on Brattle St. Business owners are all being told it will fine, and not to worry about business,. Less than 2 years later, June 2019, the Boston Globe ran a story about Businesses exiting Harvard Square. Full Article
Video Courtesy Chanel 4 October 2017
Anne Mostue reports on the impact of bicycle lanes to businesses in Cambridge. Interviews with Residents & Businesses involved with the Cambridge Streets for All Lawsuit.
Courtesy of Bloomberg August 2022
The feud continues between Cambridge business owners and the Cambridge City Council over the city’s 2020 Cycling Safety Ordinance that requires installation of separated bike lanes. As a result of the constructed bike lanes, local businesses have had some of their parking and loading zones removed, which they claim has had a huge negative impact on their businesses. Dan checked in with multiple Cambridge business owners about the ongoing lawsuit between Cambridge Streets For All and the City of Cambridge.
Courtesy of NightSide August 2022
It was a dark and drizzly night and I was in my car going up and down a block of Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge where a number of restaurants are clustered. I was meeting a friend for dinner so was desperately searching for a place to park. Metered parking spaces — such as they are — have always been somewhat limited in this area.
Courtesy of WGBH April 2022
The Cambridge Massachusetts City Council is in the process of installing 25 miles of protected bike lanes throughout the city over a period of five to seven years. While good news for cyclists, local businesses and residents are facing the destruction of much needed on-street parking spaces in favor of the new protected bike lanes. What is a business to do?
Courtesy of NightSide October 2021
Everyone favors safe cycling, but bike lanes are not safe. This was demonstrated once again with the tragic death of U.S. State Department foreign service officer Sarah Langenkamp on August 25.
Langenkamp, who had recently returned from serving in Ukraine, was biking during daylight, in a bike lane on River Road in Bethesda, Maryland, returning from a meeting at her child’s school, when a Volvo flat-bed truck turned right from the road into a parking lot and hit her. Her injuries were fatal.
Commonwealth Magazine 09/10/2022
AS A PEDESTRIAN, I am worried city streets will get more dangerous now that faster, heavier electric bicycles or e-bikes have been officially recognized by state officials. This year’s state infrastructure bill, signed by Gov. Charlie Baker in August, designates two classes of e-bikes that can travel up to 20 mph and puts them in the same category as conventional bikes.
Porter Square is safe intersection, not the most dangerous one.
AMID AN OUTCRY over how the implementation of Quick Build bike lanes will all but eliminate street parking in front of local businesses, the Cambridge City Council has smacked down residents’ concerns with false and outdated information. No matter which side of this debate you stand on, everybody should be able to deliberate based on the same set of objective facts and goals.
Court Denies Temporary Restraining Order Against City of Cambridge Bike Project CSA Proceeds to Appeal the Decision
Cambridge Streets for All is seeking relief from the court system to stop the redesign of 26 miles of our city streets from continuing until the validity of the Cycling Safety Ordinance is examined, and all stakeholders are heard.
Cambridge Day 06/23/2022
A bike-lane lawsuit and call for the city to immediately halt installation of the lanes got a hearing Thursday, with Middlesex County Superior Court judge John Pappas granting the sides until the end of business on Monday to submit more information.
The documents have been flowing in already. Since a group called Cambridge Streets for All filed its lawsuit against the city June 10 about lanes that often replace parking spaces
Boston Globe 05/24/2022
Bike lane expansion worries small business owners along Mass. Ave. as city pares street parking. CAMBRIDGE — Daniel Spirer is a self-proclaimed “Porter Square institution.” He crafts gemstone rings and keshi pearl necklaces inside a brick storefront on Massachusetts Avenue. ...
Cambridge bike lane construction causes conflict. The bike lanes were expected to be constructed in accordance with a cycling safety ordinance passed two years ago, but local outcry is causing the City Council to reconsider.
Cambridge Day 03/02/2022
I love Wordle, but not the way it, and facts, have been twisted (“Wordle this: Roads that allow space for bikes and buses are safer,” Feb. 25). Here are the facts: Dozens of businesses have already reported to the City Council losses of revenue of ranging from 20 percent to 60 percent or more....
Boston Globe 02/07/2022
COVID spurred bike lane construction. Will the Boston area keep up the momentum? Riding a bike on the streets around the Public Garden once felt like a dangerous endeavor, only accessible to the most fearless and experienced cyclists
Wicked Local 02/01/2022
In Cambridge, Porter Square bike-lane project gets mixed reception Designs behind safety improvements remain in development. Separated bike lanes are coming in the spring to a Massachusetts Avenue stretch running through Porter Square.
Cambridge Day 1/28/2022
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Slow Times at Fast Phil’s after North Cambridge bike and bus lanes go in. Cynthia (Cindy) Hughes and Philip Soccorso, friends for decades and experienced barbers,
Wicked Local 11/17/2021
'Save Mass Ave' pushes back on bike lanes planned for Cambridge’s largest thoroughfare. A group of Cambridge residents is pushing back against a bike lane project along the full length of Mass Ave from MIT to Arlington,
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