Ride Island to present a public program on Cambridge street design for biking, walking, and transit

Ride Island Presents the first in a Speaker Series addressing safe infrastructure and road design for active transportation.

Ahead of the Curve: Award Winning Cambridge Street Design From the 1990s to Today

April 30 6-7:30pm
Innovate Newport 513 Broadway, Newport RI
All Welcome – Free Registration at Eventbrite.

Today, many streets in the City of Cambridge, Massachusetts, demonstrate the best practices for traffic calming, pedestrian safety, separated bicycle lanes, and transit priority – but it wasn’t always this way. How did Cambridge make this progress? What can we learn from Cambridge’s progression, its current road design, its plans, its accomplishments, and its challenges?

The transformation began in the 1970’s – with the cancellation of a massive 8-lane highway that would have gone through the center of the city.  Those federal funds were repurposed into a critical subway expansion program. Later, in 1992, the “Vehicle Trip Reduction Ordinance” led to the launch of the bicycle and pedestrian program and the first bike lanes. In 1998, the “Parking and Transportation Demand Management” ordinance put a cap on drive to work trips for new developments.

Widespread deployment of traffic calming measures in the early 2000s was followed by a systematic effort to repurpose excess roadway space for wider sidewalks and bike lanes, including the first separated bike lane since Davis, CA in 1967. In 2015, one of Cambridge’s next-generation protected bike lanes was named the “best new bike lane in the US.”