Cambridge Bicycle Plan 2020

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In 2015, Cambridge published the Cambridge Bicycle Plan: Toward a Bikeable Future. The Plan lays out a vision for where we as a city want to be. The guiding principle for the plan is to enable people of all ages and abilities to bike safely and comfortably throughout the city. This plan provides the framework for developing a network of Complete Streets and supporting programs and policies that will help meet this goal.

In the spring of 2019 the City initiated an update to that plan, the Cambridge Bicycle Plan 2020. Over approximately 18 months, we will be gathering public input on the changes that have occurred since 2015, including both street projects and programs like our much-expanded Safe Routes to School program and the Bluebikes system. Read more below on how you can be involved.

To receive ongoing email updates about the Cambridge Bicycle Plan 2020 process and opportunities to get involved, subscribe here.

For more information on all bicycle-related projects, programs, and activities, visit www.cambridgema.gov/bikes.


December 2019

Work is continuing on revisions to the Bicycle Network Vision, updates to the data sections, a framework for prioritizing “quick-build” projects, and feasibility analyses for upcoming projects. The City continues to gather input through focus groups and additional community input opportunities.

Coming soon: Updates to the bike count data and documentation about 2019 projects, as well information about the next public open house being planned for early 2020.

September 2019

We are wrapping up phase one of our outreach and public input; we have received terrific participation through our street teams, Bicycle Plan 2020 WikiMap, and public events! 

Please note that the Bicycle Plan 2020 WikiMap will remain open until October 15, 2019 for initial feedback. If you wish to add comments before the WikiMap closes on October 15, please click here

Your feedback is being used as key input for revisions to the Bicycle Network Vision; the new proposed Vision will be available for additional public comment this fall. Please check back here or sign up for the Bicycle Plan 2020 e-newsletter for the latest news.

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Open House Materials Now Available

Thank you to everyone who attended our Bicycle Plan 2020 Open House on June 13, 2019. Materials from the Open House are now available in the "Documents" tab.

Please continue to submit ideas and feedback through the Bicycle Plan 2020 WikiMap. More information about commenting on the WikiMap can be found below. We will also be collecting public feedback for Bicycle Plan 2020 at various community events across the city throughout the summer.

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Bicycle Plan 2020 WikiMap Live

The City of Cambridge has launched a Bicycle Plan 2020 WikiMap to collect public feedback on bicycling in the city. Through this online WikiMap tool, you can provide feedback, input, and suggestions in two ways:

  1. Comment on the City's existing network of bicycle facilities. How is our network of streets and paths working now? Are there places that are great for bicycling and that you would like to see expanded or replicated? Are there places that are particularly problematic and you would like to see changed.
  2. Comment on the City's Bicycle Network Vision. Through the 2015 Bicycle Plan process, a Bicycle Network Vision was created to help guide the development a bicycle network that is safety-focused, comfortable, connected, and convenient for people of all ages and abilities. An explanation of the process to develop the Network Vision can be read here. An update to this Network Vision will be part of the Bicycle Plan 2020 outcomes.

Enter the WikiMap here. To comment, select the base map you want in the View Options and then select either "Add Street/Path Comment" or "Add Point/Intersection Comment" at the top of the page. You may enter as many comments as you want.

Sign Up to Receive Email Updates

To receive ongoing email updates about the Cambridge Bicycle Plan 2020 process and opportunities to get involved, subscribe here

The Cambridge Bicycle Plan 2020 process is being launched in the spring of 2019 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2020. Meeting and event dates will be posted here regularly.

Upcoming Meetings

None scheduled at this time.

Summer 2019

The Bicycle Plan 2020 team will be conducting outreach in venues around the city to get input from as broad a range of residents, workers, and visitors as possible. Stop by our table at venues such as farmer’s markets, public events, and other locations!

Past Meetings

  • Thursday, June 13, 2019: Cambridge Bicycle Plan 2020 Open House, 5:00 – 8:00 PM, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, Main Cafeteria, 459 Broadway
  • Monday, May 20, 2019: Bicycle Committee meeting to discuss Bicycle Plan 2020, 5:30 - 7:30 PM, City Hall Annex, 4th Floor Conference Room, 344 Broadway

Cambridge Bicycle Plan: Toward a Bikeable Future

The Cambridge Bicycle Plan 2015 was developed with the input of thousands of people who care about our city. The Plan outlines policies and goals, provides information on the breadth and depth of supporting programs, and presents a vision for an expanded network. The Plan continues to guide City efforts and programs, but much has already changed in a few short years. In 2016, the City adopted a Vision Zero Policy and a Complete Streets Policy. Our public bike share system (initially Hubway, now Bluebikes) has grown significantly in terms of reach and membership, our Safe Routes to School program is now fully established in every public school, with educational programs in elementary, middle and high school, our public bike workshops and outreach events happen every month of the year, and our network has grown by 20 miles in just five years

Some of the recent changes include facility types that were not in our toolbox five years ago, including notably, the “quick build” style road redesigns seen in places such as Cambridge Street and South Mass Ave., but also the bus/bike lanes on outer Mt. Auburn Street. As we expand our opportunities we want to look at where we are in the development of the network, and plan mindfully for the next opportunities in the near and longer terms. 

Through this 2020 update, we will incorporate our new policies, review data, and gather input on how things are working and what people’s hopes are for the future. Part of the work will be to pull together feasibility analyses for future roadway work, as well as a prioritization plan for the development of the network.

We look forward to the participation of and input by all members of our community.

For more information on bicycling in Cambridge and Frequently Asked Questions, please visit www.cambridgema.gov/bikes.

For more information about the Cambridge Bicycle Plan, please contact Cara Seiderman, cseiderman@cambridgema.gov, 617/349-4629.