1390 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, Massachusetts
Cars and large trucks routinely cut too close to the right side of this curve, greatly endangering cyclists, because the set Bike Lane markers are completely worn away.
Likewise, on the blind curve just after Church St. the Bike Lane is constantly blocked by taxis. This is an extremely dangerous area.
It takes very little to kill a cyclist.
625 Concord Avenue Cambridge, MA
The new sidewalk cycle track on Concord Avenue near Fresh Pond is dangerous and uncomfortable to use.
It crosses numerous side streets and commercial driveways. Car drivers turning in or out don't expect bicycles on what looks like a sidewalk.
And at each driveway, the track dips down and then up again. All these bumps make for uncomfortable riding.
The previous configuration had perfectly usable bike lanes.
The older two-way track between the rotaries is even worse. It crosses even more driveways, and at each one, there's a granite curb which crosses the track diagonally and gives a big bump. There are also random poles and granite posts on the path.
To "solve" the safety issue at driveways, they painted crude stop signs on the pavement. That doesn't fix what's an inherently dangerous facility.
Please do not add cycle tracks to any more streets in Cambridge.
560 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA 02139, USA
Unnecessary quantities of salt dumped on Cambridge streets this week. Never seen anything like it. Over-salting creates a hostile environment for walking and biking. Salt in nose, mouth, eyes. Really unnecessary. Also pets, trees and cars suffer. Can we moderate this a bit?
Corner Of Mass Ave And Churchill Ave North Cambridge.
Cars travelling westbound on Mass Ave. block the intersection with Churchill Ave. on a regular basis during rush hour. They need to remember not to enter the intersection unless they can make it through the entire intersection. Other cities, LA and NYC have "Don't Block the Box" signs with fines posted. We need the same here.
North Bank Park Cambridge, MA
The North Bank bicycle and pedestrian bridge is not being cleared by the Department of Conservation and Recreation after winter snow storms. I believe the DCR considers the bridge a recreational amenity rather than an important commuter route. This is simply not the case.
I want to report that many people, including myself, use the bridge as a commuter link between Cambridge and Charlestown. It is a much better bicycle link than the adjacent Gilmore Bridge (whose sidewalk is also not being properly cleared and de-iced... see SCF report on this bridge as well).
I don't understand why the DCR thinks the bike/ped bridge is unworthy of its resources. In fact, it's one of the most important "parks" in the Boston area, since potentially hundreds of commuters rely on it daily. I am one of dozens upon dozens, if not hundreds, of Ph.D.s who work at a huge Mass General research campus in Charlestown and live in Cambridge. I'd like to think that our commute is worth of a modest public expenditure to clear the bridge. If anything, the DCR should be going out of its way to encourage bicycle commutation, even in the winter, as an alternative to driving.
Why invest millions of public dollars in a healthy commuter link and then let it sit unused for several months each year rather than spend a modest amount clearing it of snow? That is a very poor use of public resources.