Cambridge City
MA

Policy Order
POR 2018 #28
ORDER ADOPTED AS AMENDED
Feb 5, 2018 5:30 PM

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to work with the Director of the Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department to explore the possibility of reconfiguring the traffic lights and pedestrian signals at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, Prospect Street, and River Street to stop all traffic and allow for an “ALL WALK” pedestrian signal and further to review improvements to the No Left Hand signage.

Information

Department:City Clerk's Office, AMSponsors:Councillor Alanna Mallon, Councillor Sumbul Siddiqui
Category:Policy Order

Attachments

  1. Printout
  2. Original Order

Body

WHEREAS:

The Central Square intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, Prospect Street, and River Street is one of the busiest intersections for vehicles and pedestrians; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Pedestrians that have the “WALK” signal to cross Massachusetts Avenue, Prospect Street, and River Street are often in the pathway of vehicles turning right on red, even though intersection signage prohibits this action, or vehicles turning right after their light turns green, but before the opposing pedestrian signal turns from “WALK” to “STOP”; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

This creates a dangerous traffic conflict that could be mitigated by stopping all traffic with an “ALL WALK” pedestrian signal; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

Making this change would establish a consistent signal pattern for both vehicles and pedestrians, as the intersection of Inman Street and Massachusetts Avenue down the road is also an “ALL WALK” intersection; and

 

 

WHEREAS:

We have a responsibility under the City’s Vision Zero plan to ensure our intersections are operating in the safest way possible; now therefore be it

 

 

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to work with the Director of the Traffic, Parking and Transportation Department to explore the possibility of reconfiguring the traffic lights and pedestrian signals at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, Prospect Street, and River Street to stop all traffic and allow for an “ALL WALK” pedestrian signal and further to review improvements to the No Left Hand signage; and be it further


 

 

ORDERED

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on this matter.

 

Meeting History

Feb 5, 2018 5:30 PM Video City Council Regular Meeting
draft Draft
RESULT:ORDER ADOPTED AS AMENDED