Highlights
*NEW* Participatory Budgeting Ballot Announced - Voting Open Dec. 1-8

The sixth Participatory Budgeting (PB) Vote is from December 1-8, 2019. Cambridge residents age 12 (or 6th grade) and older, including non-US citizens and university students, are able to vote for up to 5 PB projects on the ballot. This year the City will set aside $1,000,000 for capital projects to improve the community! Winning projects will be included in the City's FY21 Capital Budget. Implementation will take place starting at the beginning of the fiscal year which runs from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. See the projects on the ballot and learn more .
*NEW* Getting Around Cambridge Photo Contest
Harvard Square Kiosk and Plaza Community Meeting
Thursday, December 5, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Harvard Smith Center, Isaacson Room, 1350 Massachusetts Avenue

City staff have taken a closer look at the Super Crosswalk area (pedestrian crossing between the Kiosk and the Harvard Coop) to determine if additional safety measures can be incorporated into the scope of the reconstruction of the plaza. Staff have identified traffic signal changes that support travel lane reductions and improve the safety for all users. The changes will simplify the overall operation of the intersection, reduce the crossing distance for pedestrians, provide additional plaza space, and simplify the merge for cyclists and motorists travelling towards Porter Square. We invite you to attend the meeting to learn more about these safety improvements and provide input on the design changes. More information .
Bluebikes Offering $1 Single Trips During MBTA Shutdowns

Starting this weekend through December 15, sections of the Red Line will be suspended on weekends for construction and infrastructure improvements. To help you navigate the shutdowns, Bluebikes is discounting Single Trips to $1 on weekends until December 15, and providing additional Valet Services at select stations. Here's how to redeem $1 Single Trips:
  • Download the Bluebikes app
  • Tap 'Single Trip' and enter the code BLUECROSS

Meetings (Click the meeting titles for details)
Tuesday, December 3, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tuesday, December 3, 6:30 PM
Agenda: PB-352 (31 Church Street); PB-354 (97 Cambridge Park Drive)

Wednesday, December 4, 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Wednesday, December 4, 5:30 PM

Thursday, December 5, 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Tuesday, December 10, 5:00 PM
Agenda: Refiled petition to the amend the zoning ordinance to add a Grand Junction Pathway Overlay ( Petition , Memo )

Tuesday, December 10, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tuesday, December 10, 6:30 PM
Agenda: PB-355 (1686 Massachusetts Avenue); Mobile Fueling - Zoning Petition PB-353 (51 New Street)

Wednesday, December 11, 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Agenda: Annual informal meeting of the three transportation committees

Thursday, December 12, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Events
City Manager Open Houses in the Port and Fresh Pond Apartments

Cambridge City Manager Louis A. DePasquale is hosting two Open Houses in December for Cambridge residents to meet City leaders in their neighborhoods and get information on and access to a variety of City services, including flu shots, resident parking sticker renewal, Library Cards, job counseling and more. Click the links below for more information.

Future of Transportation Commission: One Year Later
Monday, December 16, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Suffolk University, Sargent Hall, 120 Tremont Street, Boston

One year ago, Governor Baker’s  Commission on the Future of Transportation  released its recommendations for how to prepare the Massachusetts transportation network for the challenges of 2040. The report explored everything from the impacts of climate change to the rise of autonomous and electric vehicle technology to adopting transit-oriented land use policies.
 
Come hear members of the Commission, Mayor Kim Driscoll of Salem, and other transportation leaders reflect on the past year and consider what opportunities lie ahead to create a robust and resilient transportation system for the Commonwealth.
 
Coffee and networking will begin at 10:00 a.m., and the speaking portion will run from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Kasia Hart at khart@mapc.org . Register here .
Bike Light Installation Nights

As the days are getting shorter, make sure you're staying visible on the road with bike lights! This fall through winter, Cambridge City staff and volunteers will be handing out free bike lights at different points throughout the city:

  • Monday, December 2, 2019: 4:30-6:30pm: Inman Square - Cambridge Street at Hampshire Street
  • Monday, December 16, 2019: 2:30-6:30: Cambridge Street Upper School; East Cambridge - Sixth Street at Cambridge Street
  • Monday, January 6, 2020: 3:00-6:30pm: Cambridge Rindge & Latin; Cambridge Public Library - Main Branch
  • Monday, January 27, 2020: 4:30-6:30pm: Porter MBTA Station Plaza
  • Monday February 10, 2020: 5:00-7:00pm: The Port - Broadway at Windsor Street
  • Monday February 24, 2020: 5:00-7:00pm: Harvard Square Plaza
Announcements and Actions
*NEW* Bike and Bus Safety Survey

Livable Streets Alliance is doing a survey to better understand the experience of people bicycling in sharing the road with buses . Take their 5 minute Bike and Bus Safety Survey here . The survey will be open until Wednesday, December 11 .
MPO Survey on Transportation System Priorities

Make your voice heard as the Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) revises how it evaluates transportation projects to fund in the Boston Region. When deciding which transportation projects to fund, the MPO uses criteria to assess how each project will help accomplish the MPO’s goals for transportation in the region. With the endorsement of the new Long-Range Transportation Plan, Destination 2040 , the MPO has the opportunity to revise the project evaluation criteria to better reflect the updated regional goals . Take this brief survey to s hare your input on priorities for the transportation system in the Boston region.
TIP Amendment One Available for Review

The Transportation Improvement Project's Amendment One documents a cost increase of $14,737,322 for statewide bridge project #604952 (Lynn, Saugus - Bridge Replacement on Route 107 over the Saugus River) in FFYs 2020–24.
Amendment One also details a $1,372,934 cost increase for one MPO-funded project in FFY 2020 ( #608347 - Beverly - Intersection Improvements at Three Locations). This cost increase is being funded with statewide safety funds remaining from the removal of project #608205 (Reading to Lynnfield - Guide and Traffic Sign Replacement on I-95), which was instead funded in FFY 2019. For more information, refer to the simplified Amendment One table

See the changes and submit a comment by November 29.
City of Cambridge Seeking Applicants for Intermittent Traffic Supervisors/School Crossing Guards

Duties and responsibilities of the position include:

  • Performing assigned school crossings throughout the City of Cambridge during the school year (September thru June).
  • Stopping traffic for the purposes of crossing children safely across the street, to and from school.
  • Ability to work a minimum of 10 hours a week. One (1) hour in the morning and one (1) hour in the afternoon.

Current Board Vacancies

The City is currently looking to fill the following  board vacancies . Applications to serve on these committees can be submitted to City Manager Louis A. DePasquale using the City’s online application system at  cambridgema.gov/apply . A cover letter and resume or applicable experience can be submitted during the online application process. Paper applications are available in the City Manager’s Office at Cambridge City Hall, 795 Massachusetts Avenue.
News
*NEW* How the new law banning cellphone use while driving in Massachusetts affects you
The Boston Globe , November 25, 2019

Governor Charlie Baker on Monday signed  a bill into law  that would ban drivers from using cellphones and other hand-held devices. The measure, which  had languished  in the state Legislature for years, was sent to the governor’s desk last week after it finally passed in the House and the Senate. Read more .
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