MassAve4 Cycling Safety Ordinance Project - Dudley to Beech and Roseland to Waterhouse

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The City is committed to implementing separated bike lanes on Mass. Ave. to improve safety, consistent with the Cambridge Bicycle Plan and the Cycling Safety Ordinance.

The amendments to the Ordinance require the installation of separated bike lanes on:

  • all of Massachusetts Ave;

  • Broadway from Quincy St to Hampshire St;

  • Cambridge St from Oak St to Second St;

  • Hampshire St from Amory Street to Broadway;

  • Garden St, eastbound from Huron Ave to Berkeley St, and westbound from Mason St to Huron Ave;

  • and11.6 miles of separated bike lanes in other locations that are a part of the Bicycle Network Vision.

In the Cycling Safety Ordinance, sections of Mass. Ave. that have complicating factors were identified as the MassAve4” (the two major bus stops in Harvard Square and two sections with overhead bus wires).   The City completed an impacts analysisas required in the Cycling Safety Ordinance.

Goals

  • Improve safety for people biking in the project area
  • Improve safety for people walking at existing crosswalks
  • Improve safety for transit riders with enhanced markings and signage at bus stops
  • Improve travel times and reliability of MBTA buses
  • Implement changes in line with the Cambridge Bicycle Plan and Vision Zero Action Plan
  • Meet the requirements of the Cambridge Cycling Safety Ordinance, which includes the requirement to add separated bike lanes

Why Install Separated Bike Lanes?

Separated bike lanes provide more space and vertical separation between people on bikes and people in cars. More people are comfortable biking in separated bike lanes than in traditional bike lanes or in traffic with cars, buses, and trucks. Separated bike lanes also increase safety for people walking by reducing crossing distances.

 

The boards presented at yesterday's pop up session can be found on the "Documents" tab.


DATE CHANGE: Pop Up Info Session -Tuesday, March 22nd 3-7PM

Due to forecasted rain, the date of this event has been changed. It will now be on Tuesday, March 22nd 3-7PM. 

On Tuesday, March 22nd, 3-7PM., we will hold an outdoor pop up information session to discuss changes to Mass Ave in relation to the Cycling Safety Ordinance.

During the event, you will have a chance to:

  • Engage directly with members of our staff,
  • Review updates to the plan
  • Ask questions and receive information

We hope you can attend as we value the feedback we get from residents and businesses.


Pop Up Info Session - Saturday, March 19th 10AM-2PM

On Saturday, March 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., we will hold an outdoor pop up information session to discuss changes to Mass Ave in relation to the Cycling Safety Ordinance.

During the event, you will have a chance to:

  • Engage directly with members of our staff,
  • Review updates to the plan
  • Ask questions and receive information

We hope you can attend as we value the feedback we get from residents and businesses.


The presentation for the March 3rd. Community Meeting is now available to view. 

To submit a question or feedback in advance of the meeting, please email Kate Riley - kriley@cambridgema.gov. The team will try to answer as many questions as possible at the community meeting. Questions may be grouped together by category. 

After viewing the presentation, please take this short survey.


Community Meeting - Thursday, March 3rd, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

The City of Cambridge invites you to a virtual community meeting on Thursday, March 3, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. to discuss projects associated with the Cycling Safety Ordinance. This meeting will focus on the segments from Dudley St. to Beech St. and Roseland St. to Waterhouse St.

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://cambridgema.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hNDtVTP9R6mICqQKTsC9xg

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

There will be a presentation starting at 6 p.m. followed by a question and answer session. Attendees will be able to unmute themselves and ask questions or they can submit questions via the Q&A function in zoom. 

The presentation will also be posted to the project page in advance of the meeting so that residents can submit questions in advance and join the meeting at 6:20 p.m. for just the Q&A portion. Questions can be submitted to Kate Riley, kriley@cambridgema.gov

The City of Cambridge does not discriminate on the basis of disability. The City of Cambridge will provide auxiliary aids and services, written materials in alternative format, and reasonable modifications in policies upon request. To receive future updates via email, please contact Kate Riley, Community Relations Manager, at kriley@cambridgema.gov / 617-349-4870 or visit the project page


The boards presented at each of the Pop-Up Info Sessions are now available to view on the Documents tab.


 

Presentation Now Available to View

The MassAve4 Cycling Safety Ordinance Project introduction video is now available to view.

This video focuses on the segments of Massachusetts Avenue between Dudley St. and Beech St. and Roseland St. to Waterhouse St.

This video will highlight:

  • Where the City is in the process of evaluating the MassAve4 segments
  • The project timeline as it relates to the Cycling Safety Ordinance requirements
  • The range of design possibilities
  • How to provide feedback to the project team

The video does not have specific plans for these segments. We are in the beginning stages of the community process that will be used to develop a recommended implementation strategy and schedule that will be presented to the City Council for approval in April 2022.

Please join us at one of the pop-up community info sessions listed below to ask questions, give feedback, and learn more about the project. A formal presentation will not be given at these events. They are informal drop-in sessions where City staff and members of the project team are available to discuss the project.

  • Saturday, November 13th, 10AM-12PM Cambridge Common (Waterhouse & Mass Ave)
  • Saturday, November 13th, 2PM-4PM St. John’s Church Parking Lot (2254 Mass Ave)
  • Monday, November 15th, 3PM-6PM St. John’s Church Parking Lot (2254 Mass Ave)
  • Tuesday, November 16th, 3PM-6PM Cambridge Common (Waterhouse & Mass Ave)

If you are unable to attend one of these sessions, please submit feedback or questions to Kate Riley, Community Relations Manager, kriley@cambridgema.gov / 617-349-4800.

 


Community Meeting Notice: Mass Ave Improvements, Dudley St. to Beech St., Roseland St. to Waterhouse St. Pop-Up Community Meetings

The City is committed to implementing separated bike lanes on Mass. Ave. to improve safety, consistent with the Cambridge Bike Plan (cambridgema.gov/BikePlan2020) and the Cycling Safety Ordinance (cambridgema.gov/CyclingSafetyOrdinance).

For these two sections of Mass. Ave., City staff must get Council approval by the end of April 2022 on a timeline for implementing separated bike lanes. The implementation could include a combination of quick-build and construction.

We want to know what you think!

On Wednesday, November 10th, a video presentation about the project will be available to view on the project website (cambridgema.gov/MassAve4A).

You are then invited to attend one of the Pop-up Community Meetings listed below to ask questions, give feedback, and learn more about the project.

  • Saturday, November 13th, 10AM-12PM Cambridge Common (Waterhouse & Mass Ave)
  • Saturday, November 13th, 2PM-4PM St. John’s Church Parking Lot (2254 Mass Ave)
  • Monday, November 15th, 3PM-6PM St. John’s Church Parking Lot (2254 Mass Ave)
  • Tuesday, November 16th, 3PM-6PM Cambridge Common (Waterhouse & Mass Ave)

For more information about the project, visit the website (cambridgema.gov/MassAve4A) via the QR Code. Questions or comments? Contactkriley@cambridgema.govor 617-349-4870.

We hope you can attend as we value the feedback we get from residents and businesses.


The City is working to determine which sections of the Mass4 will implement separated bike lanes using quick-build methods and which sections require construction.  This determination will be based on further analysis and review of the impacts and cost of each approach (quick-build and construction).  

The City will be hosting community meetings throughout the design process. Please see the "Schedule" tab for a general schedule of the project. 

The City has hired a consultant to develop concept designs for this section of Mass. Ave. Work includes:

Fall 2021: Field data collection and catenary exploration, including a series of meetings with MBTA. The current catenary configuration does not support a design with floating parking, which is the typical design option for both quick-build and construction projects. 

Fall 2021 - Spring 2022:
Pavement, sidewalk and utility assessment to determine scope, extent, and estimated cost of construction. Developing multiple design concepts for the corridor, understanding that it will likely not be the same option for each block.

Fall 2021 - Spring 2022:
Community meetings

April 2022:
Propose quick-build or construction timeline to city council for approval* by April 30, 2022. 

Spring 2023:
Install quick-build segments.

Construction segments would proceed on the schedule approved by city council in April 30, 2022.  If schedule is not approved, these sections must be quickbuild by April 30, 2024.

*If City Council does not approve a construction timeline by April 30, 2022, we must install quick-build separated bike lanes on segments where we recommend construction, regardless of the impacts outlined in the Impacts Report, bApril 30, 2024.

There are four segments of Massachusetts Ave that have unique complicating factors including significant underground utility considerations, major bus stops and the MBTA’s electric overhead catenary system (OCS), often referred to as “overhead wires”, which presents significant overhead and subsurface utility considerations. These four segments, collectively referred to as MassAve4, are on a longer timeframe.

MassAve4:

  • Massachusetts Ave Dudley Street to Beech Street (Segment A)
  • Massachusetts Ave Roseland Street to Waterhouse Street (Segment B)
  • Harvard Square Bus Stop Garden Street to Church Street (Segment C)
  • Harvard Square Bus Stop Dunster Street to Plympton Street (Segment D)

The City conducted an impact analysis on MassAve4 that was published in April 2021.  https://www.cambridgema.gov/streetsandtransportation/policiesordinancesandplans/cyclingsafetyordinance/massave4impactsanalysis#nextSteps.

Currently underway is a conceptual design and construction feasibility study. Work includes obtaining accurate land surveys for the different segments as well as an investigation into the condition of existing public and private utilities.

 

What is "Quick-Build"?

Quick-build methods include pavement markings, flex-posts, signage, and signal changes. Quick-build projects can be implemented more quickly, but changes are limited to signs, pavements markings and posts.

What is "Construction"?

Construction involves more extensive changes, including moving curbs and/or removing medians. Work becomes more complex anytime we dig into the ground, and construction projects typically include work on the infrastructure (e.g., water, drainage and sewer pipes, traffic signal wires) that we have underground. The impacts analysis shows that installing quick-build separated bike lanes on these two segments of Mass Ave would have significant negative impacts on other road users. Construction may allow us to make more significant changes (e.g., removing the median) that would reduce some of the potential negative impacts, however, we need to determine the cost of construction on these sections of Mass. Ave. and also further evaluate the catenary wires.

How do you determine what is quick build and what will require construction?

More analysis and design work are required on these sections with the catenary wires to determine which can be quick-build, which sections require construction, the scope and extent of construction, and the order of magnitude cost of construction.

What are the timeline implications of each?

For blocks that require construction, we must propose and get City Council approval on an implementation timeline by April 30, 2022. For the blocks that are quick-build, the separated bike lanes are required to be installed by April 30, 2023.

Kate Riley - Community Relations Manager

kriley@cambridgema.gov

617-349-4870

 

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