Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2019 #12
ORDER ADOPTED AND REFERRED
Jan 7, 2019 5:30 PM

Amendment to the Municipal Code to create a new Chapter entitled "Cycling Safety Ordinance".

Information

Department:City Clerk's Office, MMSponsors:Mayor Marc C. McGovern, Vice Mayor Jan Devereux, Councillor Sumbul Siddiqui, Councillor Dennis J. Carlone
Category:Policy Order

Attachments

  1. Printout
  2. Cycling Safety Ordinance Jan 2019

Body

WHEREAS:

The City of Cambridge has adopted a Complete Streets policy and has formally committed to Vision Zero, with goals of eliminating transportation fatalities and serious injuries, as well as continuing to reduce the crash rates for all modes; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The Cambridge Bicycle Plan, adopted in 2015 and currently undergoing further revision, was developed “to enable people of all ages and abilities to bicycle safely and comfortably throughout the city,” and set goals to:
 

1)      Make a significant shift towards bicycling as a sustainable transportation mode;

 

2)      Create a transportation system that is safe for users of all ages and abilities; and

 

3)      Innovate and be an early adopter of best practices in bicycle infrastructure; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Although progress has been made on certain streets to expand bicycle infrastructure and improve safety for all modes of transportation, a network connecting these segments and allowing residents to commute and recreate by bicycle safely, security, and comfortably is not yet complete; and 

 

 

WHEREAS:

Promoting bicycle ridership will also allow the City to pursue parallel objectives in improved health for cyclists (especially seniors), reducing the carbon footprint of residents, decreasing traffic congestion, and expanding accessible infrastructure for residents who cannot afford to own or maintain a car; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The attached ordinance is intended to help the City achieve the goals it set in the Cambridge Bicycle Plan, and to increase bicycle ridership, decrease motor vehicle speed and the number of trips taken by single occupancy vehicles, and promote public health, safety, and sustainability; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the attached “Cycling Safety Ordinance” be forwarded to the Ordinance Committee for discussion and recommendation.

 

Meeting History

Jan 7, 2019 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
draft Draft

TO THE ORDINANCE COMMITTEE

RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED AND REFERRED