Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2019 #335
ORDER ADOPTED
Oct 7, 2019 5:30 PM

That the City Council go on record in support of House Bill 3116, Senate Bill 2034, and the establishment of Governor Baker’s Low-speed Mobility Device Advisory Working Group as part of the Safe Driving Legislation, Senate Bill 7

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Department:City Clerk's Office, CKSponsors:Councillor Craig A. Kelley, Vice Mayor Jan Devereux, Vice Mayor Alanna Mallon, Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui
Category:Policy Order

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WHEREAS:

Commuters in Cambridge and are facing significant traffic congestion on our roads, numerous delays on our public transit system, and few reliable transportation options; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The Massachusetts Biotechnology Council (MassBio) released a survey of 2,000 people in which a majority said that their commutes are worse than in the past and public transportation is too unreliable, and numerous respondents also said they would seriously consider changing jobs or move to another state if they could get a better commute, and as a result, the MassBio leadership has strongly encouraged companies in the biotechnology sector to pay for their employees’ bike or scooter share usage; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

According to a recent study by INRIX, 49% of all automobile trips in the Boston area are less than 3 miles and 21% under 1 mile, so a majority of vehicle trips in the area could be replaced with a  strong micromobility network; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council, recently released its own study that demonstrates that ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft are increasing not just traffic congestion, but also greenhouse gas emissions in the Greater Boston area, which severely impacts our climate; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

The Town of Brookline has launched a successful electric scooter pilot program with over 130,000 scooter trips accounting for over 157,000 miles ridden, with an average trip of just 1.2 miles, which has likely cannibalized many short-distance motor vehicle trips, resulting in fewer carbon emissions, and unnecessary single occupancy vehicle congestion; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Many Cambridge residents have purchased private micro-mobility devices such as electric bicycles, skateboards, scooters, unicycles, and other devices, and are currently using these devices for their daily commutes; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

House Bill 3116 and Senate Bill 2034 amends the requirements for electric scooters by lifting the contradictory and outmoded definition of motorized scooters from the General Laws shared goals of reduced congestion, increased transit equity, and fewer carbon emissions originating from our communities; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Governor Baker has also filed legislation, Senate Bill 7, that directs the Massachusetts Department of Transportation to establish a Low-speed Mobility Device Advisory Working Group to review the use of other micro-mobility devices throughout the Commonwealth, as part of the omnibus safe driving bill submitted earlier this year; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

When properly deployed in cities, micro-mobility devices help eliminate hundreds of thousands of motor vehicle trips, prevent tons of carbon emissions from polluting our environment, and provide a less expensive option over ride share services and private ownership; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Council go on record in support of House Bill 3116, Senate Bill 2034, and the establishment of Governor Baker’s Low-speed Mobility Device Advisory Working Group as part of the Safe Driving Legislation, Senate Bill 7; and be it further

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Clerk be and hereby is requested to forward suitably engrossed copies of this resolution to Representative William Straus and Senator Joe Boncore, Chairs of the Joint Committee on Transportation, as well as the Cambridge Legislative Delegation on behalf of the entire City Council.

 

Meeting History

Oct 7, 2019 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
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BY AFFIRMATIVE VOTE OF NINE MEMBERS

RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]
YEAS:Dennis J. Carlone, Jan Devereux, Craig A. Kelley, Alanna Mallon, Marc C. McGovern, Sumbul Siddiqui, E. Denise Simmons, Timothy J. Toomey, Quinton Zondervan