On November 18th and 19th new markings to create a “protected bicycle lane” were installed on Ames Street in Kendall Square. This work was done as part of repaving the street and removing the construction barriers that had been needed to allow for the construction of 75 Ames Street, the expansion of the Broad Center. This work was done by Boston Properties working closely with the 3 city departments – DPW, TP&T and CDD.
Why make this change? In this plan the bicycle is protected from moving vehicles by a row of parked cars and from the door zone of the parked cars by a marked buffer zone.
The parking spaces are marked out on the street. These are still metered spaces so the driver must pay the meter fee at the meter on the sidewalk. Do not park against the curb in the bicycle lane.
Click here to see the Ames Street plan.
For more information about protected bicycle lanes and this project go to http://www.cambridgema.gov/CDD/Transportation/design/bicycling/cycletracks.aspx
We hope all the users of the street will find this change an improvement. We welcome your feedback or comments.