Ames Street Separated Bike Lane Project (Main St to Memorial Dr)
This project has been completed.
As part of the permitting process for MIT's Kendall Square Initiative (Planning Board Special Permit #303), the Cambridge Planning Board required MIT to:
- Redesign and reconstruct Ames Street to include an at grade two way cycle track from Main Street to Memorial Drive
- Update the Ames Street/Main Street traffic signal to accommodate the changes to Ames Street
- Reconfigure the Ames Street/Memorial Drive intersection to improve safety for cyclists and pedestrians crossing Memorial Drive
This project was informed by the Cambridge Bicycle Plan, and aligned with the City's Vision Zero commitment to eliminate fatalities and serious injuries resulting from traffic crashes. The goals of the Ames Street separated bike lane project were to:
- Continue implementation of the separated bicycle lane network defined in the Cambridge Bicycle Plan
- Complete a bicycle connection between East Cambridge/Kendall Square and the Charles River
- Improve safety and mobility for people walking and biking
- Make it easier to cross Memorial Drive for all users by improving traffic control on Memorial Drive
This project connects to the existing two-way separated bike lane on Ames Street, between Main Street and Broadway, and the Kittie Knox bike path, between Broadway and Binney Street.