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City Council Office
 Policy Order Resolution
  O-6
  IN CITY COUNCIL
  July 29, 2013
COUNCILLOR CHEUNG

WHEREAS: Biking is one of the City of Cambridge's most popular, healthful, and sustainable transportation options; and
     
WHEREAS: Cities across the nation have recently begun implementing programs that make cycling a safer, more enjoyable, and more practical commuting option for residents; and
       
WHEREAS: In an effort to heighten cyclist safety, the City of Boston recently installed side guards on the side of all of its trucks to protect bikers should a collision occur; and 
        
WHEREAS: Developed by an engineer at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center; the side guards are installed on trucks to protect bicyclists from falling beneath the body of the vehicle; and
    

WHEREAS:

According to the Volpe engineer, the installation of side guards in the United Kingdom reduced fatalities in bicyclist-truck crashes by 61 percent and reduced fatalities in pedestrian-truck crashed by 20 percent; and
     
WHEREAS:

Furthermore, Seattle, Washington and Washington, D.C. have begun utilizing reflective pylons as a means through which to separate cyclists from motor vehicles in high-risk sections of the road, a measure they deem both effective and inexpensive; now therefore be it

      

ORDERED:

That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the appropriate departments as to the feasibility of installing side guards on all City-owned trucks to improve cyclist and pedestrian safety and report back to the City Council; and be it further
      
ORDERED: That the City Manager be and hereby is requested to confer with the appropriate departments as to the feasibility of utilizing pylons as a means through which to separate cyclists from motor vehicles and report back to the City Council.

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