We have come together to call for a Cambridge that is safer for everyone, a city where bicycling is safe and enjoyable for people of all ages and abilities.
In light of the tragic deaths of Dr. Bernard “Joe” Lavins, Amanda Phillips, and Marcia Deihl, all killed by trucks in the last two years, we call on the City of Cambridge to make the following safety improvements:
- Immediate action to implement a safe network of protected bikeways on major thoroughfares and key connectors by Spring 2018. The City should focus on installing temporary protected bikeways before the end of 2017 on those streets with the highest crash rates, including Massachusetts Avenue and Hampshire Street.
- Incorporate the Cambridge Bike Plan into all current and future road construction projects. The Bike Plan is a great vision but it needs to be incorporated into all current and future road construction projects if it’s to be realized. Those projects under construction or in design should be updated to include separated bike lanes where called for in the Bike Plan, including Garden Street.
- Commit funding to proactively implement the Cambridge Bike Plan. The Bike Plan has the potential to transform the city for everyone if Cambridge moves more aggressively to implement it. At a minimum, certain roadway reconstruction projects should be accelerated, especially Massachusetts Avenue, where protected lanes for bicyclists would have a profound and measurable safety impact.