Cambridge Bike Safety Update

from the email:


We wanted to update you on a few new action items for safer streets but first, a reminder about our petition campaign! We want to show city officials that people throughout Cambridge support a safe, connected network of protected bike lanes. Sign the petition here if you haven’t already and share widely!


1. Act Now for a Protected Lane on River Street – and an Implementation Plan for the Citywide Network


This Monday, there are two key bike related items on the Council’s agenda.

First, the City Manager is requesting funds to update the implementation plan of the bike network (see the second ask on our petition!) Additionally, there is also a request for a protected bike lane on River Street. Take action, more details below.


ACTION ? Email,, and cc and and (1) request the council to approve the budget allocation for an implementation plan for the citywide bike network, and (2) let them know that the reconstruction of River Street MUST include a safe, protected bike lane.


If you can make it please show up on Monday Nov 5, 5:30pm at City Hall to speak in support of the budget item and policy order. Sign up to speak here or in person.


The implementation plan for a citywide bike network is potentially quite important, as this could provide a blueprint for implementation of the full bike network within 5 years, as our petition requests. We need to make sure that the council approves this budget item, and that the implementation plan the City comes back with lays out how a complete, safe, connected network of protected bike lanes across the city can be built ASAP.


The city is rebuilding River Street in 2020 and they have the opportunity to include a protected bike lane. Since River Street goes inbound it would complement the Western Ave protected lane, providing a key connection to and from the Charles River paths.


On Monday November 5th the City Council will vote on a policy order specifically requesting a protected bike lane as part of the River Street reconstruction. The order was originally scheduled for this week but it was delayed by Councilor Simmons.


Also, as part of the redesign, they will be forming a working group of stakeholders and thank you to everyone who applied to help advocate for safe bike and pedestrian infrastructure!


2. Ask your employer to sign on to our business platform


Local business support can be crucial in getting safe bike infrastructure built. Many employers recognize that a protected bike lane network would be a great asset to Cambridge as well as providing safe transportation for their customers and employees. All we need to do is ask for their support!


If you work in Cambridge, see here for instructions to ask your employer to sign onto our business platform supporting safe bike infrastructure.


3. Other updates:


  • Read the beautiful remembrance written by friends of JJ Zhao who was tragically struck and killed by a dump truck driver in early October while she was walking at Putnam Ave and Magazine St.
  • World Day of Remembrance: This Nov 18 is the World Day of Remembrance. Come to the State House in Boston at 2pm to mourn the people who were killed on our streets this year. Last year’s event was a powerful reminder that the number of pedestrians and cyclists who were killed is much higher than you expect and that urgent action is needed to correct this public health crisis. After the vigil there will be a bike ride and a march to demand safer streets.
  • In addition to signing onto our business platform, two local businesses Industry Lab and Synapse Energy Economics also took the additional crucial step of emailing the city to express how important a protected bike lane network is to them (read Synapse Energy Economics’ statement here). Thanks Industry Lab and Synapse Energy Economics for supporting safe bike infrastructure!


Industry Lab is a co-working space located in the vibrant hub of Inman Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Inhabiting nearly 20,000 square feet of a historical brick building with wood floors and lots of windows, Industry Lab is a neighborhood for artists, engineers, scientists, and designers to co-exist and collaborate.


Synapse Energy Economics provides research, analysis, expert testimony, reports, regulatory support, and other consulting services related to energy, economics, and the environment.

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Live to Play Sports adds Terry Duran to US sales team

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Specialized opens pop-up store in Germany; launches new Turbo model

DÜSSELDORF, Germany (BRAIN) — On the heels of launching the second model in its Turbo pedal-assist line, the urban-focused Vado, Specialized has opened a pop-up store here. The store opened Friday evening local time near the Königsallee, an area in the city’s downtown that attracts more than 10,000 visitors each day. In just under two months, the Tour de France will start here and pass by the new store

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Industry veteran Blair Clark to lead Canyon US; German brand sets up California office

Canyon staffs up as it preps for U.S. entry KOBLENZ, Germany (BRAIN) — Canyon Bicycles GmbH has made several key hires in the U.S. as it prepares to begin selling direct to consumers in late summer

Colorado shop featured in BRAIN’s Retail Remodel Project to close

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Five top bikepacking tips

Miles Porter, head of activities with BSpoke Tours and Cycling For Softies, has some packing tips for commuting and touring.

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1. Commute in style

If you’re committed to commuting, but want to bring a change of clothes, laptop and lunch, then panniers can maximise carrying capacity without ruining your ride or sapping your energy the way a backpack can.

“For a more appealing look, Brooks panniers are not only the most famous bike bags, they are classics in terms of style and usability,” says Porter.


2. Secure the store

On a regular commute, through water and road salt soaked streets, look for tough, waterproof but lightweight fabric panniers with a secure fastening mechanism, roll-top or flap-down cover and a zip or draw-string inside to keep valuables safe.

“It’s also crucial to ensure that your bike is well balanced with the weight evenly distributed from side to side,” says Porter.

3. Pack to protect

When you’re packing laptops, tablets or MP3 players use padded cases or bubble wrap to stop them moving around.

4. Take a tour bag

5. Make life easy

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NiteRider Pro 1400 Race £220.00 £165.00

With the nights drawing in, it’s getting near time to break out the lights, particularly if you fancy a little post-work mountain bike action. This front light from NiteRider will help illuminate the trail ahead of you, so you can keep your fitness, skills and fun levels up during the darker months. 


Available with a 25% discount from Cycle Surgery

High5 Energy Gel Sachets – 20 x 38g £19.80 £7.99

The summer might be ending but that’s no reason to stop riding! If you’ve got a hectic autumn and winter of cyclocross racing or club rides, or are just heading out to keep the winter blues at bay, you’ll be sorted for energy with this bumper box of 20 gels for a bargain £7.99. 

Specialized BG S-Works clip-in road shoe white/red £260 £200

Specialized Source Sport Disc 2015 hybrid bike £700 £485

Mekk Volante AL 24in Claris (2016) £399 £239

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