Cambridge can lead in saving lives and reducing traffic and emissions on our streets
In 2018, I lost part of my two front teeth while biking home from work in Cambridge. And unfortunately, I'm one of the lucky ones. Nearly every year for the past several years, we have seen people killed or hospitalized after being struck by vehicles while biking in Cambridge. Creating a safe and sustainable city means creating infrastructure that protects pedestrians and cyclists. We need to make it easier for people who can not afford a car or parking to get around Cambridge, via public transit, walking, and biking. Recent surveys by the City show that 85% of people, and a majority in every age group, would like to bike more in Cambridge. And the number one ask to do so more is protected bike lanes. I was proud to introduce the 2020 update to the Cycling Safety Ordinance, which will make some of the most dangerous streets in Cambridge much safer over the course of the next few years. I'm also glad to take the 2021 Cambridge Bicycle Safety Pledge, included below:
I support rapid implementation of the citywide network of protected bicycle lanes as mandated by the Cycling Safety Ordinance. I pledge to do everything in my power to ensure the successful implementation of the ordinance, including voting in the City Council, advocating in the public realm, and connecting stakeholders to ensure a positive outcome for all in our community. I will not vote for any proposal that weakens the ordinance or delays its timelines. Mass Ave is the most important street in Cambridge and needs protected bike lanes as soon as possible. I will not vote for any proposal that delays protected bike lanes on Mass Ave beyond the timeline of the rest of the ordinance. This should be done in a way that supports transit, improves pedestrian safety, protects the tree canopy, and enhances the business environment.
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