Children, elderly people and people with mobility issues should be able to bike along Massachusetts Avenue with ease. And I should be able to bike even when I don’t feel like going into battle. I know this is an attainable goal because I see it whenever I visit my relatives in the Netherlands.
So far the Cycling Safety Ordinance has led to piecemeal, neighborhood-by-neighborhood installation and review of new sections of cycle lanes. The process in North Cambridge and elsewhere has been less than transparent and flawed by poor communication with affected residents and businesses.
Constituents have reached out to me throughout this pandemic about experiencing delays or difficulty getting their unemployment benefits from the Department of Unemployment Assistance. My office is often a last resort for people exhausted and frustrated with not being able to obtain the funds that will keep them afloat.
To bend the curve of climate change takes more than the goodwill of Cantabrigians. In the case of waste escaping into the Alewife Brook and overdevelopment in Cambridge Highlands, the City Council, Planning Board and city manager must work together to ensure all new construction is part of a solution.