Now that the snow is melting, the bike lanes are finally starting to emerge on Hampshire Street. However, cars are using the bike lane as a parking space — even though it’s clearly marked and the bicycle markings are visible. I understand that clearing snow out of parking spaces is a huge logistical challenge and there’s only so much the city can do about it, but we certainly can do something about parking cars in a lane reserved for vehicular traffic!
I called the City of Cambridge Traffic Department to request enforcement. They were polite and efficient, and said that they’d call in my request. If more people call in to report illegal parking they will be more likely to do something about it. It took less than a minute for me to make the request. To request Traffic Department enforcement, call 617-349-4700 during normal business hours:
Monday 8:30am to 8:00pm
Tuesday – Thursday 8:30am to 5:00pm
Friday 8:30am to noon
If there are still cars parked in the bike lane on my way home, I’ll call it in again. And again tomorrow, if there are cars parked in the bike lane on my way to work. And so on. Every time people make a call for traffic enforcement it’s put into a database. Even if nothing happens now, a pattern will emerge as the city analyzes parking complaints and conditions and they will be more likely to enforce the law.
Here are some photos from Hampshire Street this morning. There are well over a hundred cars parked in the bike lane and requesting enforcement is a great opportunity to educate motorists on how not to park in such a way that traffic is obstructed: