Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2018 #312

Improving Pedestrian Safety

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Department:City Clerk's Office, MMSponsors:Mayor Marc C. McGovern, Vice Mayor Jan Devereux, Councillor Quinton Zondervan
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

The City has instituted 20 mph “Safety Zones” in Central, Kendall, Inman, Harvard, and Porter Squares as of March 1, 2018; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The City reduced the citywide speed limit to 25 mph in 2016 and recently, the Council has requested that City consider reducing the speed limit to 20 mph on most residential streets; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

A pedestrian hit by a car traveling 20 mph has a nine-times greater chance of surviving than if the car is traveling at 40 mph; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Enforcement of speed limits is important to improve safety for pedestrians; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Even in the city’s safety zones, strikes and fatalities can still occur during all hours of the day, not just during peak hours where enforcement is targeted; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The importance of improving pedestrian safety is evident in the repeated attention paid to the issue by the Participatory Budget process, which has awarded funds to flashing beacon-lights twice, and this year again features a proposal for flashing beacon-lights as well as the installation of digit speed readers in safety zones; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Changes to street layout to promote traffic calming are necessary to ensure safety of people walking and biking; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager and relevant Departments be and hereby are requested to report on the current level of compliance with the citywide and safety zone speed limits; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

The City Manager be and hereby is requested to document all relevant interventions that have had an impact on compliance with the speed limits; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to provide a report on all relevant traffic calming measures currently available to reduce speeding, including, but not limited to, implementing different paving surfaces, narrowing traffic lanes, installing pedestrian crossing placards affixed to the ground and adding raised intersections; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back on this matter by the end of January 2019.