Two long-running debates over use of streets during the pandemic have received definitive answers for 2021, with an announced reopening of “Riverbend Park” and the end of Cambridge’s shared streets program.
In online reviews, dozens of customers of CrimsonBikes – a Mid-Cambridge bike shop that traces its roots back to a Harvard dorm room in 2008 – report never getting bikes ordered months earlier and difficulty getting refund checks.
The state has retreated on bus and subway service cuts, but residents shouldn’t hope to see fares quickly decrease or be eliminated – and Cambridge isn’t doing much on its own to lower the cost of mass transit, councillors heard Monday.
Facing continued criticism for its plans to cut service, the MBTA announced Monday that it would “bring back service as fast as possible on bus and subways” and look into restoring commuter rail and ferry service.
Opposition to MBTA service cuts continued to grow as national, state and local leaders joined a Friday online rally organized by Public Transit Public Good, a transit advocacy group – and there are signs it is having an effect.
Street and sidewalk infrastructure projects and building maintenance and improvements have been hard hit by the coronavirus lockdown, many falling “at least six months behind where we expected to be,” City Manager Louis A. DePasquale told city councillors Monday.
The Department of Transportation plans a major revamp of McGrath Highway that will put it on a “road diet” and see the installation of bike lanes, but legislators say bicyclists need to be kept safer from passing cars and trucks.