Mandatory Solar Power and Net-Zero on all New Developments
Photovoltaic power is cost-effective and technologically mature. The time has come for solar on all new developments. The initial capital cost of a large-scale (~20kW) PV system is only ~$100k, a tiny amount compared to multi-million dollar construction costs. Thanks to government incentives, PV systems will pay for themselves within 3-5 years and will continue producing power for 30+ years. While retrofitting an older home with solar may be cost-prohibitive, putting solar on new development is easy and inexpensive. It’s time to do this.
Our Cyclists are still not safe
Our city has made progress in recent years with bike lanes in a handful of locations. The network of bike lanes is not contiguous and many bike lanes are not protected from traffic or the open doors of parked cars. As someone who bikes to work, I still do not feel safe.
I support rapid implementation of the citywide network of protected bicycle lanes as described in the Cambridge Bicycle Plan. Specifically, I support complete implementation of the Bicycle Plan in the near future, within the next 5 years, using a combination of quick-build and capital improvements.
Additionally, I recognize that Mass Ave is the most important street in Cambridge and needs protected bicycle lanes for its entire length as soon as possible.
Accordingly, if elected, I pledge to do everything in my power–including by voting in the City Council, proactively working with the City Manager and City Staff, and promoting this initiative publicly–to ensure that the City of Cambridge installs continuous protected bicycle lanes along the entire length of Mass Ave from the Charles River to the Arlington border, by the end of the next council term, or has started a capital project to do so. These improvements should also include bus transit priority and pedestrian safety improvements.