According to preliminary election results, Cambridge voters overwhelming chose safe streets, voting in a super majority of councillors (7 of 9) who signed on to the Cambridge Bicycle Safety Platform to build out a 20 mile protected lane network in Cambridge within 5 years, five of whom were endorsed by StreetsPAC Mass as proven allies or promising newcomers.
We’ve phone banked, texted, door-knocked and emailed this year not only for this election but in advance of many City Council motions that resulted in the pilot protected bike lanes that have appeared on Brattle St, Cambridge St, and Mass Ave.
We started down this road together because we knew our streets must be made safer — for ourselves, for our children, for our friends, for our neighbors, and in the name of those whose lives have been lost biking or walking on our streets. We knew we must build streets that aren’t just for people brave enough to bike now, but streets that welcome everyone, regardless of age or ability — and protected bicycle lanes are widely accepted and mainstream practice* for streets with high volumes of vehicles and bikes.
We look forward to working collaboratively with the new City Council and the City Manager to evaluate the pilot lanes so that we can take those lessons learned to move forward quickly in fully implementing the City’s Bike Plan and enacting the Platform to make bicycling safe in Cambridge for everyone.
* Learn more about why the Cambridge Bicycle Safety Platform advocates for protected bike lanes on major roads in Cambridge.