Update: We did it! Click here to read about the Cambridge City Council meeting.
This Monday, August 7th, the Cambridge City Council will vote on a policy order which could put a moratorium on all new “pop-up” protected bike lanes.
Unfortunately, the Harvard Square Business Association has begun an active and unfounded opposition campaign to try and get the protected bike lanes on Brattle St removed, and are now taking their fight to the city council.
Passage of this order could dramatically delay installation of all planned protected bike lanes and threatens the City’s ability to install and construct new lanes like the ones recently installed on Mass Ave, and in planning on Cambridge Street west of Inman Square.
We can all work together to address reasonable concerns with the Brattle Street design, and city staff are working to make small changes and address concerns, but eliminating the protected bike lane and delaying the implementation of more protected bike lanes is unacceptable.
Here’s how you can help:
Write to the city council right now (firstname.lastname@example.org, and please copy email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org) and ask them to vote against policy order O-14 on Brattle St. If you are a Cambridge resident, we suggest mentioning that voting against policy orders like this is important for getting your vote and that you’ll pay attention to how the vote turns out. Please be polite! If you wrote about Brattle before, you might reference that email, too.
Show up at the city council meeting this Monday and speak out encouraging the council to vote against this policy order. Note the unusual location:
When: Monday, August 7, 5:30pm
Where: Dr. Henrietta S. Attles Meeting Room, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, 459 Broadway
What: Attend and speak against Policy Order O-14
Contact local businesses in Harvard Square and speak with them about why the lanes are important. Be respectful and ask local business owners to support the installation of the bike lanes and speak out against the HSBA’s opposition. After you’ve contacted a business, please send a quick note to us at email@example.com a
nd let us know who you spoke to. Also, if you personally work or own a business in Harvard Square, please get in touch with us – we need your active support on this.
Show up and Speak up!