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Old 06-27-2016, 04:30 AM   #2821
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The lack of infrastructure in Inman will become even more glaring when cyclists are dumped into it via the Beacon St cycle track just a block north of the intersection. Hopefully that contrast will be another catalyst for change.
Unfortunately, Somerville's plan is to end the cycle track at Washington St, not bring it down to the Cambridge line (presumably because of the difficulty interfacing mid-block with Cambridge's non-cycletracked Hampshire St). I do hope that the Somerville reconstruction and this horrible collision will speed up both a Hampshire cycletrack as well as complete Inman Square reconstruction.
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Old 06-28-2016, 09:23 PM   #2822
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Cambridge Day has a summary of short to medium term improvements proposed for Inman Square: http://www.cambridgeday.com/2016/06/...nts-officials/

Money will be available starting Friday as Cambridge rolls over into FY 17 for "small, short-term changes to better direct and restrict modes of traffic in the square", which might be the participatory budgeting project that I linked to above.

They're also accelerating the Inman Square reconfiguration project that was presented the night before Amanda Phillips was killed; this could break ground in Summer 2017 instead of 2018/2019.

More ambiguously, the city council passed a policy order last night that may accelerate protected bike lanes on Cambridge and Hampshire streets, which are on the city's bike nework plan but have no funding or date associated with them.
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Old 06-29-2016, 08:43 PM   #2823
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Any shot that Somerville coordinates with Camridge and extends the protected lane to the squre?
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Old 06-30-2016, 02:17 PM   #2824
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Somerville didn't include separated bike lanes east of Washington St in their plan because of, what else, PARKING! They did a study of existing parking utilization and determined that they couldn't remove it from one side of the street like they did for the western part of the project to make space for the separated bike lanes. Never mind that a lot of the parking usage is by people with Somerville resident permits who live elsewhere in Somerville parking as close they can to Cambridge and walking to their jobs at Harvard. Because of course there's no way to manage parking differently. Just provide lots of it cheap or free and then throw your hands in the air when you need some of the space to make a safer street...
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Old 06-30-2016, 05:44 PM   #2825
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Second and final bike bridge was installed today on the extension of the Neponset River Greenway. I should have photos up tomorrow if I get my act together, but it was quite a project: a big, bikes-and-peds-only arch bridge over the river, lifted fully-formed into place by two cranes. Quite a show, though very slow. One of the guys on site with me said that it is probably among the nicest pedestrian bridges in the state.
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Old 07-01-2016, 09:14 AM   #2826
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I didn't care much for the bus+bike lanes in Paris. Better than nothing, I suppose, but still pretty uncomfortable whenever a bus approached.
I've been riding a bit on the South End Washington St. version of this lately. And while I felt uncomfortable at first, trying to ride hard to stay ahead of buses as they approached, I've now realized that the bus behind a slower bike is still faster than the bus stuck in traffic, so I just ride in the middle of the lane and figure a bus that needs to get ahead of me will pass to my left.
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Old 07-01-2016, 08:03 PM   #2827
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I've been riding a bit on the South End Washington St. version of this lately. And while I felt uncomfortable at first, trying to ride hard to stay ahead of buses as they approached, I've now realized that the bus behind a slower bike is still faster than the bus stuck in traffic, so I just ride in the middle of the lane and figure a bus that needs to get ahead of me will pass to my left.
I do this too on that stretch, but occasionally I get into a rhythm with the bus where the bus passes me, then pulls over and stops in the bus lane, then while the bus is stopped I pass the bus, then bus passes me and pulls over at next stop and I have to pass it again... Etc... And I'm always very wary when passing stopped buses, gives me the jitters.
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Old 07-03-2016, 10:16 AM   #2828
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Odd little raised contraflow lane that popped up in Kendall Square recently. This can't be the final configuration, can it?

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Old 07-03-2016, 01:58 PM   #2829
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Old Colony double buffered bike lanes:

(Linked from DCR thread)

This can't be anywhere close to best practice
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Old 07-03-2016, 03:29 PM   #2830
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Odd little raised contraflow lane that popped up in Kendall Square recently. This can't be the final configuration, can it?

This is like those joke images about bike infrastructure in Eastern European countries. this is embarrassing.
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Old 07-03-2016, 04:19 PM   #2831
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This is like those joke images about bike infrastructure in Eastern European countries. this is embarrassing.
Let's be fair -- this kind of bullshit occurs plenty in Western European countries too. Probably more so... the UK seems to suffer from a severe case of NIH syndrome when it comes to design.















The cycle superhighways in London are a remarkable exception to this general trend.
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Old 07-03-2016, 04:22 PM   #2832
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Old Colony double buffered bike lanes:
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This can't be anywhere close to best practice
It's telling that the one person on a bike in the picture is on the sidewalk.

Nice number of crosswalks on the block -- I wonder if anyone is crazy enough to use them. No visibility with parked cars blocking up the street, and highway-sized dual-carriageway.

DCR is a joke.
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Old 07-04-2016, 08:54 AM   #2833
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This is like those joke images about bike infrastructure in Eastern European countries. this is embarrassing.
Why? It appears there is limited roadway width there. I am excited the City took an opportunity to provide a contraflow lane creating a filter to access 3rd street. The bike lane snakes around an immovable obstacle which many cities would cry "Can't Do It!" but Cambridge is the Little Engine that Could and did it. Bicyclists will have to slow down approaching the intersection which is actually considered best practice.

We should not be so dismissive or snobby about this sort of thing.
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Old 07-04-2016, 11:52 AM   #2834
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We should not be so dismissive or snobby about this sort of thing.
Of course we should! They would never do this with a car lane!
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Old 07-04-2016, 03:23 PM   #2835
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Bicyclists will have to slow down approaching the intersection which is actually considered best practice.
Just to be clear about this point, independently from the current context: no, that's not considered best practice. Not in any place that's serious about cycling, anyway.

Best practice is to create facilities that everyone will find attractive to use. If you start inserting arbitrary slowing at every junction, then people won't want to use it. That's what's happened in the UK for many schemes: many separated cycle lanes require you to stop and give way at every road crossing, no matter how minor. It's impossible to safely use these types of lanes at any normal cycling speed or rhythm, and they simply serve to discourage people, while experienced riders stick to the carriageway where they enjoy the usual rules of right-of-way.
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Old 07-04-2016, 06:21 PM   #2836
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Why? It appears there is limited roadway width there. I am excited the City took an opportunity to provide a contraflow lane creating a filter to access 3rd street. The bike lane snakes around an immovable obstacle which many cities would cry "Can't Do It!" but Cambridge is the Little Engine that Could and did it. Bicyclists will have to slow down approaching the intersection which is actually considered best practice.

We should not be so dismissive or snobby about this sort of thing.
There's nothing "immovable" about that bench/wall. This was a fairly substantial reconstruction project at this intersection so it's not like someone can claim "we're only doing pavement markings right now" If that were the case I would agree with you, but this was a big project. Having a physical barrier partially obstructing the bike lane is not best practice. Would you put a telephone pole to the side of a vehicular travel lane to slow cars down? This is no different.
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Old 07-05-2016, 09:30 AM   #2837
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This arrangement of shared bus and bike lanes exists in the South End from Melnea Cass to Berkeley. They even fold in right-hand turns.

I think it works very well as a cyclist. That said, the traffic volume is lower on Washington than Mass Ave.
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Old 07-05-2016, 09:43 AM   #2838
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The earlier plans for the Third St intersection didn't have any contraflow lane from Main St. I'm guessing they shoe-horned this in at the last minute. Then, they realized they couldn't move that huge stone block very easily...
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Old 07-05-2016, 10:45 AM   #2839
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Is there a plan for some kind of special signal protection here?

The pinch point might not be that bad. Since this countra-flow is going the "wrong way" through a signal-controlled intersection, it might be a good idea to not have people on bikes coming at it "at speed"
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Old 07-05-2016, 11:13 AM   #2840
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A "bikes use ped signal" sign on the existing ped signal head would probably be enough for signalization, especially when paired with a reminder "left turn yield on green" sign for people turning from Third to Main. I rode through on the weekend and the ped signal was enough. I can't remember if there was a leading pedestrian interval, but that would be ideal to give cyclists heading straight a head start on people turning left.

The path itself is very wide and raised up off the main travel lane by several inches. The pinch point is still wide enough to ride through at a decent commuting speed, and hopefully whenever the tired plaza is renovated that giant block could be removed.

The transition from Main Street onto the contraflow lane isn't especially clear, it looks like you are supposed to use the raised crossing to merge onto the concrete triangle island and pick your way through pedestrian traffic before entering the lane.
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