Eliminating Traffic Fatalities & Serious Injuries
Cambridge is a vibrant city! Living or working here provides endless opportunities to get out and enjoy the landscape and the City is working hard to ensure you can do so safely. Whether walking, biking, taking transit or driving, we need safe streets.
In March of 2016, Cambridge City Council adopted Vision Zero, a commitment to eliminate all traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries while increasing safe, healthy and equitable mobility. Since its adoption, the City has been developing an action plan that outlines the steps needed to get to zero.
A key component is lowering the speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph within Cambridge. Speed is one of the most important factors in traffic safety; crashes that occur at lower speeds cause less injury. By lowering the speed limit to 25 mph, Cambridge joins many of its neighboring towns, including Somerville, Arlington and Boston, in making the entire region safer.
In addition, work is underway to make significant safety improvements at key locations in the city. The redesign and reconstruction of Inman Square, currently in progress, will make the intersection safer. Interim improvements, including bicycle markings and left-turn restrictions, are already in place. In Porter Square, improvements to the signal timing and design of the intersection at Mass Ave and Somerville Avenue will mean shorter wait times for everyone, simpler car movements, and fewer conflicts for people walking or biking. Through the Traffic Calming Program, which involves designing streets to encourage slower driving, safety improvements are implemented in neighborhoods throughout Cambridge.
The Cambridge Vision Zero Advisory Committee is committed to these projects. We need your help to make it all work: Slow down, pay attention, and get to your destination safely.