Week of June 20: Brattle St meeting, Garden St and general transportation surveys, Memorial Drive

Tuesday, June 21, 6-8pm: Brattle Street Community Meeting

The city is working on putting in protected bike lanes along Brattle Street (details here). This will be the second community meeting. The city will share preliminary plans for the section of Brattle Street between Mason St and Sparks St, as well as preliminary plans for modifications to the intersection of Brattle St at Sparks and Craigie St. They will also discuss feedback they’ve received, and share details about implementation timelines. Join the webinar here and share your support for the lanes and your ideas for improvements.

Brattle Street Community Feedback Survey

As part of the Brattle Street project, the City is collecting information about how people use the affected section of the street. Fill out a quick survey here to make sure the city hears your voice!

Garden Street Community Feedback Survey (deadline: Friday, June 24)

The City is beginning the design process for protected bike lanes along Garden Street, between Huron Avenue and Mason Street. There’s a survey open until Friday, June 24 seeking your feedback for the future of Garden Street! More details, including slides and video from previous meetings, here. The next community meeting will be on Tuesday, July 12.

General Transportation Survey

More broadly, the City of Cambridge is looking for feedback on the transportation experience and needs of people who live in, work in, and visit Cambridge. This is independent of any specific street project. Fill out the quick survey here!

Updates on Memorial Drive/Riverbend Park

Good news: On Monday June 13, the City Council voted to approve a policy order by Councilor Zondervan to pilot a weekend closure of Memorial Drive adjacent to MIT this year! There will be community engagement ahead of time to discuss potential impacts with neighbors, and there may be one or more weekend closures in 2022, with activities.

The policy order that attempts to roll back Saturday Riverbend Park hours remains ‘tabled’, but is likely to come back up at one of the next regular city council meetings.

On Tuesday June 28, the Traffic, Parking, and Transportation Department will host a pop-up meeting about traffic and transportation issues impacting the Riverside area, including Memorial Drive closures. Stop by Wheeler Park/New Riverside Neighborhood Park to chat with City staff and enjoy lemonade and snacks, and fill out their online survey here.

Cycling Safety Ordinance Lawsuit

The City of Cambridge is facing a lawsuit by a group that wants to stop the CSO and rip out the existing protected bike lanes. We are, obviously, opposed to this. Several members of CBS coordinated to file an amicus brief in response, as reported in the Cambridge Day article here.