Traffic Engineer for the City of Cambridge
Albany Street And Pacific Street Intersection Cambridge, MA - Cambridgeport
This intersection has a raised brick "crosswalk" but no painted white stripe lines. The result is that cars driving down Albany rarely yield for pedestrians in an area with a large student population.
1304 Cambridge St Cambridge, MA 02139, USA - Wellington-Harrington
Double parking tickets are cheaper than hydrant tickets, so every person who feels like stopping for a while at Inman just double-parks, blocking one side of the road. Of course, tickets don't get issued, so people feel free to do it all the time.
Ignoring the safety problems of the reduced visibility and trying to navigate around cars and avoid pedestrians crossing between cars and so on, it causes knock-on traffic problems for the rest of the city.
During the afternoon and evening, this really slows down traffic, except when a truck unloads across from a double-parked car. Then Beacon St stops when people block intersections, and Hampshire, and Prospect, and Broadway... And so on. I've been stuck in hour-long gridlock in that area.
Parking is, admittedly, at a premium at Inman square, but can we at least have some enforcement from the police who stop there or drive by, so that it might be a little bit more under control?
175 Prospect St Cambridge, MA 02139, USA - Area Iv
The potholes on Prospect street are so bad! It is the only north-south street that directly connects Inman Sq to Central Sq. It is appallingly bad. There are so many patches on the road that it is near impossible to bike down it. Also, the lack of a bike lane is ridiculous. Why don't they just have traffic going one way, each way, with bike lanes on the side, rather than a one way going south, and a two lane going north? It doesn't make sense. Repave and paint bike lanes, please.
104 River St. Cambridge, MA - Cambridgeport
The right lane inbound to Central Square is littered with potholes and patches that cause a symphony of screaming suspensions from tracker-trailers, dump trucks, and flat beds. Pedestrians, bikers, and residents in this area have to brace themselves while speeding traffic shutters by.
Calling Public Works and getting a "work order" multiple times apparently does nothing. Does anyone else hear me on this one?
312 Binney St Cambridge, MA - East Cambridge
The new traffic light at the corner of
Binney and Fulkerson seems to be
operating on a simple timer cycle,
with no sensing of whether anyone
is waiting for the red. So, drivers
traveling west on Binney with a green
light often see the light turn red even when no one is waiting on Fulkerson etc. Please add pavement sensors!
306 Webster Ave Cambridge, MA 02141 - Wellington-Harrington
Webster Avenue is a heavily trafficked road and has always been very frightening to bike down -- with two-way traffic including the 85 and CT2 bus lines, parallel parking on both sides, and heavy industrial use of the area, you often get cars, buses, bike, and trucks stacking up behind each other because there isn't enough room for everything to get through in both directions at the same time. There shouldn't be parallel parking on both sides of this street, or the street should be one way. Both Cambridge and Somerville should take a look at it.
River St Cambridge, MA - Cambridgeport
Drivers are continually swerving into the wrong lanes at this intersection because the lane markings are unclear.
Left lane: Some seem to believe this is a left-turn only lane.
Middle lane: Some do not bump right when cross Memorial Drive and instead veer into the left lane, possibly because of the "left lane" comment above. Other times, people turn left from the middle lane, cutting off people in the left lane who are continuing straight.
Right lane: Designated as a right turn only lane, but this is not clear as many drivers continue straight when in this lane.
There are no signs to help drivers understand which lanes have which rules, nor are there any signs indicating that the road they are approaching is Memorial Drive. This is a junction that many out-of-towners first approach when coming off the Mass Pike and it must be incredibly confusing for them.
The lane markings can be improved and start further back, perhaps toward the middle of the bridge.
Some signs need to be added, again perhaps need the middle or even beginning of the bridge, which will be helpful during times of busy traffic.
980 Memorial Dr Cambridge, MA - West Cambridge
Heading westbound on Memorial Drive in Cambridge and all of a sudden there are cars parked in the right lane. There are no signs to warn you about this and I see people _all_the_time_ swerving in the left lane at the last second. I am frankly surprised that I haven't seen more accidents there. Either put a sign up to warn the drivers in the right lane, or prohibit parking on that stretch of road.
Alewife Station Access Road Cambridge, MA 02140, USA - North Cambridge
Northbound of two-way (T station side) before one-way to Rte 2/Rte 16:
Cars constantly use the bike lane here. I'm in the designated car lane every day and I see cars coming down this street or pulling out of the T station parking lot into the bike lane.
The traffic is always awful here, especially now that there is construction on the one-way section going to the highway. HOWEVER, that is no excuse for cars to use the bike lane. I don't know how this can be fixed, but I really don't want a cyclist getting clipped -- or worse -- at this spot! Maybe some anchored flexible traffic delineators would do the trick?
375 Green St Cambridge, MA 02139, USA - Riverside
CORRECTION: After further contemplation, I realize the root cause for my concern is really the conflicting perceptions of "right of way" at this intersection. I have seen drivers at the Green St stop sign proceed across the intersection even when there are cars gunning down Pleasant St (speeding from their impatience at the Mass Ave traffic light, no doubt). Adding a stop sign is just my best initial guess at resolving this conflict.
It's been 2 years since I've lived in this neighborhood, and I still worry there will be a serious accident as a direct or indirect result of this conflict.
Original Post >> I used to walk and drive through this intersection when I lived in Cambridge and would invariably witness a car stopped at the Green Street stop sign, see there were no cars at the immediate intersection and zip right through, narrowly missing a car coming down Pleasant at full speed because they DON'T have a stop sign.
Also, it's not immediately apparent when you stop for the stop sign on Green that 1) it's NOT a four-way stop, and 2) the cross street is NOT a two-way street. So you often see people stopped at Green looking both ways briefly, then continuing across the intersection. Only drivers familiar with this intersection (i.e., they have driven down Pleasant St before and remember that there is no stop sign there) will know better and take the time to look way down the street on the right for oncoming cars who are likely picking up speed from the previous intersection on Mass Ave.
Having also walked in the area, it would also help with pedestrians crossing Pleasant St if there was in fact a stop sign since there IS a crosswalk (but apparently most drivers can't be bothered to stop since, again, they were probably just at a really long traffic light from Mass Ave).
51 Central Sq Cambridge, MA - Cambridgeport
A new traffic pattern was instituted here recently. On River St at Mass Ave, the right-hand lane is now a right turn only lane. There is a lane marking, but I don't believe there are any signs. Regardless, many drivers enter the right lane and then proceed straight through the intersection. It's not clear that there is a right turn only lane here and the signage needs improvement.