After years of delay, Cambridge will roll out parking payments via smartphone app in Harvard Square on Monday as a pilot program, and expects to expand citywide by summer 2017. But cars can’t just be moved a few feet to a different parking meter to park for longer.
The speed limit on city-owned streets will be reduced to 25 mph unless otherwise posted, the City Manager’s Office announced Friday, calling it “an important step toward improving the safety of everyone who lives, works and visits Cambridge.”
I drive. I don’t bike. Although I have voted in favor of every bike safety plan except one, I won’t claim to be the “bicycle councillor.” I won’t claim to be a bicycle expert. I admit that I’m arriving late to the discussion – but I have arrived.
A sweeping set of street infrastructure reforms dominated Monday’s meeting of the City Council, inspired by two bicyclist deaths within the past four months, and won unanimous support. Now the proposals go to city staffers for study and implementation.
In terms of bicycle and transportation safety, Cambridge has regressed, even while spending hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to build a better cycle system. Maybe we ought to ask the people who have already done it.
More than 200 cyclists, co-workers and friends gathered in Porter Square to hold a candlelight vigil for Dr. Bernard “Joe” Lavins, who was struck and killed Oct. 5 by an 18-wheeler while bicycling through the tangled intersection in front of Christopher’s restaurant.
Moving freight operations to Worcester from Allston’s Beacon Park was expected to increase the use of 18-wheelers within Interstate 495, but the focus was on air quality and damage to roads and bridges from ever-heavier trucks, not cyclists’ deaths.
Sadly, this is the second time in a little over three months that we have to talk about the hazardous and sometimes fatal state of cycling in Cambridge, Boston and the surrounding areas – after two fatalities in squares that have been long-known areas of concern.
An 8:08 a.m. crash with an 18-wheel truck killed a bicyclist crash today at 1 White St., across from the Porter Square Mall.
Police are preparing residents for a steam pipe venting process – known as a “steam blow” – that in the past has brought emergency phone calls from worried members of the public.