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Streets + Transportation

"Universal access to safe, reliable, efficient, and sustainable transportation is key to building an inclusive economy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving public health, and creating a high quality of life for all people in Cambridge. The City’s mobility policies have restrained the growth of automobile traffic, despite significant population growth locally and regionally. Yet the city’s transportation systems will need to adapt over time as the region grows, technology advances, and the economy changes. Cambridge should address these challenges by enhancing its multimodal network locally, expanding connections to regional sustainable transportation, and advocating for progressive transportation policies across the region.” -- Envision Cambridge Plan, 2019

At any given time, the City of Cambridge has numerous transportation projects in design and under construction. Three City departments collaborate on the design, community engagement, installation, and construction for street and transportation improvements: the Community Development Department, Public Works Department, and Traffic, Parking, and Transportation Department.

The City also works closely with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), MBTA, and Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) on regional projects.

Transportation and street design projects aim to meet the needs and interests of all travelers, including pedestrians, cyclists, transit users, and drivers. Changes to the City’s streets are often made at the same time as other infrastructure work (such as utility replacements) to minimize costs and disturbances to the community.


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Crash Data

Our Vision Zero policy, means that we take a data-driven approach to our work. The graph below provides information about the number of crashes and EMS transports each year. We’re working to get more comprehensive data about the number of crashes that result in serious injuries.

Crashes Per Year By Mode + EMS Transports Per Year (All Modes)

EMS Transports (all modes)

*The "Bicycle Involved" category includes three crashes involving people skateboarding and one crash involving a person using a non-motorized scooter.


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