Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2020 #39
Order Adopted
Feb 24, 2020 5:30 PM

That the City Manager is hereby requested to confer with relevant City departments and the MBTA on the feasibility of implementing additional dedicated bus lanes, as well as fully separate protected bicycle lanes.

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Department:City Clerk's Office, JWSponsors:Councillor Jivan Sobrinho-Wheeler, Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon, Councillor Quinton Zondervan, Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

Public transit is an important transportation option for Cambridge residents, with nearly one-third of residents commuting via public transit and lower-income commuters being disproportionately likely to depend on bus service; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Traffic in the Boston Metropolitan Area, including Cambridge, has gotten worse in the preceding years and has had serious negative effects on Cambridge residents and contributed adversely to climate change; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

One study in Cambridge has demonstrated that nearly 60% of commuters are travelling by bus on some stretches of streets while more than 97% of the vehicle traffic on those same streets are cars and only 3% are buses; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Cambridge streets including Massachusetts Avenue between Western Avenue and Memorial Drive have been identified as having both high bus ridership and significant delays in bus service; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Bus lanes have been shown to be effective in improving bus service, shortening commute times, and reducing overall traffic in the areas they have been implemented; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Bus lanes need to be implemented concurrently with fully separate protected bicycle lanes in order to achieve safety, access and equity for all users; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Many of Cambridge’s major streets, including Massachusetts Avenue, have space for dedicated bus lanes, protected bicycle lanes, and sidewalks that are fully separated from each other and from other motor vehicle traffic, provided that space is allocated more equitably; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and is hereby requested to confer with relevant City departments and the MBTA on the feasibility of implementing additional dedicated bus lanes, as well as fully separate protected bicycle lanes, on Massachusetts Avenue and other street corridors with high bus ridership; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council in a timely manner.

 

Meeting History

Feb 24, 2020 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
draft Draft

councillor toomey in the negative.

RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED