Cambridge has launched an aggressive policy to add more bicycle lanes citywide, replacing travel lanes and parking places to do this. Three rationales are in play: lowering the level of vehicle ownership/use in Cambridge, addressing climate change, and bicyclist safety. Meanwhile city and area public transportation opportunities have dramatically declined due to cost and other factors.
Additional documents on Transit (Bicycling etc. in Cambridge and Globally) also are found under our Envision Tab
What we are missing from our city real data - raw data. Summarized data or % change without the raw data is of no use. The city has an obligation to provide (and residents should expect 24/7/365 data in the same format at multiple locations every day and year-round. It can be automated, but project managers and residents alike need to be able to see real data to make sure the project is on track not only with respect to accidents (self-reported and otherwise) but also use. Much of the local city information is one time data collection only and that is not good enough.
Two Often Divergent Advocacy Groups
Boston Area Blue Bike Data 2011-2022
Boston area Blue Bike Data: This chart shows both increasing use and sizable seasonal differences (summer tourist period: high; winter local use low).
City Crash Data
Local Bicycling-Transit and Planning Studies
Important Factors Behind some of the Street Changes to Consider.
Parking Related Documents
National Studies on Urban Bicycling Lanes and Use
Citizens' Successful Opposition to the Proposed Inner Belt Thruway in Cambridge