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Thanks for your work regarding lowered speed limit in Cambridge. I live on Fresh Pond Parkway where the State Police do not enforce any traffic laws. The result is terrifying. Traffic is aggressive and moves at dangerously high speed. Despite a ban on trucks and buses, there is a lot of such heavy weight traffic in this residential,stretch generating vibration, noise and pollution. Your proposed speed reduction, with enforcement, would be a welcome first step in the right direction.
Cambridge is at a special, opportune crossroads: more residents than ever are cycling as incoming development applies ever more pressure to our auto infrastructure. The Grand Junction Path is a long-proposed and studied shared-use path and open space that will stretch from the Charles River to the Somerville Community Path, allowing safe passage for cyclists, walkers, and runners. The Grand Junction Path will encourage people to bike. It will make cycling, walking, and running safer. Most importantly, it will link the Somerville Community Path with the Charles River, creating a completely connected non-auto transit system, and setting a precedent for future green transit development in Cambridge, Boston, and beyond. At the same time, we will take cars off the road: alleviate traffic pressures, reduce auto carbon emissions and pollutions, free up parking spaces, and connect Somerville, East Cambridge, Kendall Square, Cambridgeport, and Allston-Brighton. Furthermore, we'll be showing our children - with action - that we value green transit, healthy physical/mental behavior, safe open spaces, and responsible neighborhood building. This path is a righteous no-brainer!
echoing the support for the grand junction path project - not only will it be an exceptional resource for the Cambridge community, but it is also important to the city's identity as environmentally friendly, active, innovative, and reactive to community needs and processes. As other cities build more and more public infrastructure for pedestrians, cyclists, and other non-car movers, Cambridge needs to keep working to maintain our role at the forefront of community-based, sustainable urban planning. We need to kick this project into high gear! it will be a great addition to our quality of life and travel safety.
The grand junction bike path makes sense to me on many levels: It connects to already built bike infrastructure along the river in Cambridge, and the Somerville community path at the other end. It cuts through a dense, high traffic area part of the city. It encourages less car ownership which results in a more livable city and has many obvious benefits. Please look into building this path. Thanks!
Full attention is needed for this very important project. As one who relies on a bicycle for transportation, bike lanes and bike sharrows are not enough to make biking feel "safe" in Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville. The Grand Junction Path is exactly what these communities need not only to create a safe way for bicyclists and pedestrians, but to also motivate and engage people to be active and healthy. We need this project to happen in order to pave way for future generations and to foster alternative, safe, and healthy modes of transportation.
Wintertime has become treacherous for pedestrians in the city and for just about anyone trying to negotiate uneven and icy sidewalks. It's a matter of safety and health. This just adds to people walking in the streets or discourages people from walking at all. There's a need to frame this as a city priority beyond the usual mantra of shoveling your sidewalk. It's a much bigger problem.
I also echo support for Grand Junction Path. Not only will it be a huge asset to our community - make our street safer, our city more efficient and beautiful, I believe it keeps Cambridge "moving" in its aspiration to be innovative, progressive and green.
Cambridge is the connector between neighboring cites to the north and jobs around Kendall, MIT, BU and the LMA. Building a route for clean, efficient and affordable travel strengthens the region when Cambridge becomes the "Junction" of all this activity.
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I second the support already voiced below for the Grand Junction Path. For that matter, I encourage Cambridge to build a robust connected network of bicycle facilities that are so safe that we will see grandmothers riding bikes and we will be confident in their safety that we will let all our school children ride their bikes tp and from school every day.
With the forthcoming extension of the Somerville community path along the green line route Cambridge needs to step up to make the Grand Junction pathway a reality. There seems to be more attention paid to E-W travel in the city that leaves some neighborhoods disconnected from their N-S neighbors. This path could really help unite the eastern quarter of Cambridge and provide a safe alternative route in the process. If this project progresses I think the Charles River crossing needs to be stressed. The BU bridge is not a safe crossing for bicyclists and does not provide access to the path on the Boston side of the river.
The proposed GJBP will allow cyclist commuters to make much better use of the two existing bike paths, and will make it much safer to get from central/Kendall to union square (current N-S streets between Cambridge st and Mass Ave are terrifying for bikes!!)
Why is it that I can safely ride my bike out of the city towards Lexington on a dedicated path, but not into the city where a safe avenue should be a higher priority? This is especially concerning when there's already a pathway laid out for us, and a feasibility report for the Grand Junction Path was written in 2006. Eight years later, cyclists' safety and the green means of travel that the Grand Junction Path will provide should, without a doubt, be considered when writing the city's Master Plan. Please call the Transportation & Public Utilities committee to meet immediately and plan for the Grand Junction Path.
more support for the GJP. we are in serious need of safe north/south travel for cyclists this is a feasible solution to a ongoing and growing problem