Cycling is on the rise in Cambridge and safety is our top priority. Effective infrastructure separates cyclists and motorists while offering a better experience for all road users. This policy will take the next step that Cambridge needs to reduce cycle related accidents permitting cyclists to have a five-second advanced start when crossing an intersection.
Whereas: Cambridge is a city known for the over 7% percentage of residents who cycle to work; and
Whereas: Intersections are dangerous for cyclists, even when signaled by traditional traffic signals; and
Whereas: 29% of cycle crashes in Cambridge occur at a signaled intersection and 35% of cycle crashes involve a turning cyclist or motorist; and
Whereas: The FHWA concluded that bike-specific traffic signals can reduce cycle crash rate by up to 45%; and
Whereas: The traffic signal cycle could include simultaneous green, scramble signals, or ADG (all directions green) for cycles to maximize safety; and
Ordered: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the appropriate departments to determine the feasibility of installing bicycle-specific signal faces at key intersections in Cambridge that offer leading and/or lagging intervals to increase bicycle safety; and be it further
Ordered: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the appropriate departments to determine the feasibility of piloting bicycle-specific signal faces at the Cambridge-Hampshire St intersection; and be it further
Ordered: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to report back to the City Council on this matter.