Cambridge City
MA

City Manager's Agenda Item
CMA 2018 #279
ORDER ADOPTED
Nov 5, 2018 5:30 PM

Transmitting Communication from Louis A. DePasquale, City Manager, relative to the appropriation of $200,000 from Free Cash to the Public Investment Fund Community Development Extraordinary Expense Account to fund a Bicycle Plan Update with Feasibility Analysis and Implementation Plan.

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Department:City Manager's Office, LADSponsors:
Category:Appropriation

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I am hereby requesting the appropriation of $200,000 from Free Cash to the Public Investment Fund Community Development Extraordinary Expenditures account to fund a Bicycle Plan Update with Feasibility Analysis and Implementation Plan.

The 2015 Cambridge Bicycle Plan created a bicycle network vision, an aspirational plan for creating a high-quality bicycle infrastructure network on streets and paths in the city. The Plan did not include technical studies to evaluate space and operational constraints for each street segment to determine the feasibility of creating separated facilities in the short term. It also did not include a phasing plan or timeframe for completion of the overall network as the intent of the Plan was for it to be used as a guide and reference for projects undertaken, particularly projects that are part of the City’s Five-Year Sidewalk and Street Reconstruction Plan. The proposed update will expand on prior work by including a feasibility analysis and will create a more detailed implementation framework.

The Community Development Department will lead a public process to update the Plan, in coordination with other departments including Traffic, Parking & Transportation, Public Works, and Public Health.  We expect that an update to the Plan will have positive results for all as the bicycle network vision follows three guiding principles: safety, comfort, and connection.

The update will:
 

·              Incorporate information related to Vision Zero policies into the Plan.

·              Update the network vision to incorporate recently constructed bicycle facilities.

·              Create a feasibility assessment and implementation framework for the network, with short, medium and long-range plans.

·              Use of digital tools to help visualize and explore new street design concepts and provide easy to understand plans for feedback

·              Identify street segments that can be implemented under “quick build” scenarios, along with cost estimates for implementation.

·              Identify projects that are feasible to be implemented through the Five Year Sidewalk and Street Reconstruction Plan, or as part of a longer-term capital project.

·              Modify the network plan and develop alternatives where feasibility limitations exist in the current Plan.

·              Create a section on prioritization and evaluation methods, which will include metrics for the City to track progress toward plan goals, in line with those identified in the Envision Cambridge mobility recommendations.


We anticipate that work will begin early in 2019, with a time frame of approximately 12-18 months. Implementation of bike facilities to develop a connected network will continue during the process, at locations such as South Mass Ave, Inman Square, Ames Street, River Street, O’Brien Highway. In addition, we will continue to advance off-road facilities including the Grand Junction Corridor and the Cambridge-Watertown Greenway.

Meeting History

Nov 5, 2018 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED [7 TO 0]
YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Jan Devereux, Alanna Mallon, Marc C. McGovern, Sumbul Siddiqui, Timothy J. Toomey, Quinton Zondervan
ABSTAIN:E. Denise Simmons
ABSENT:Craig A. Kelley