Many thanks to everyone who submitted an idea for the 2017 Participatory Budgeting cycle! We received a record 608 ideas during June and July, beating last year's total of 548.
Some of the most creative ideas included a multigenerational accessible tree house and an air-cleaning “jade chain” of moss walls with built-in benches. You can explore all of the submitted ideas through the map below:Read more
In December 2015, a project to separate bike lanes from traffic won $50,000 in FY17 capital funding during the second Participatory Budgeting vote in Cambridge. The goal of the project is to minimize conflicts between bicycles and vehicles and improve safety.
Installation of separated bicycle lanes on Brattle Street (two-way lane from Eliot Street to Mason Street) and Massachusetts Avenue (one-way lane from Trowbridge Street to Quincy Street) began on July 10, 2017 - see below!
New separated bike lane on Mass. Ave. near Remington StreetRead more
By Phoebe West
The Participatory Budgeting (PB) Outreach Committee had its second meeting at City Hall on Tuesday, June 6th. Committee members shared how important PB is to the community, noting that it is about more than just the money; it is about civic engagement and giving everyone in Cambridge the opportunity to use their voice to say how their city can be improved.Read more
What the video below to learn what Participatory Budgeting in Cambridge is all about. When you're done, head over to our online idea map and tell us how you would spend $800,000 on capital projects to improve the community! The City will be collecting project ideas from June 1 - July 31, 2017.
Participatory Budgeting is back!
Cambridge's fourth PB process is about to begin. This time, we will collect ideas in June and July about how YOU would spend $800,000 on one-time capital projects to improve the community. Winning projects from past PB cycles include kinetic energy tiles, solar panels for the Main Library roof, bike repair stations, a freezer van for prepared food rescue, water bottle fill stations, and many others.
Winning Project Updates
You can follow the progress of winning PB projects on our website. All 100 trees from the first cycle were planted last fall, 7 of the 8 bike repair stations have been installed, and Public Works has identified a preferred location for the Central Square public toilet and is working to mitigate underground conflicts.
PB bike repair station in front of the Central Square post officeRead more
Marcia Mundt, a public policy doctoral student and research assistant at UMass Boston, completed an independent evaluation of the City's third PB process in January 2017 to try to gage the impact of PB in the community thus far and to identify strengths and challenges in the current PB process.
Many thanks to Marcia for her meticulous work putting this report together and for helping us to improve future PB cycles!
In the fall of 2016, Public Works completed installation of all 100 trees from the winning Healthy Trees for a Healthy Cambridge project from the City's first PB cycle. This marks the fourth PB project to be completed from that cycle.
Please see below for a list of all 100 tree locations or check out a map of locations. Public Works plans to distribute gator bags, hoses, and tree care literature to the abutting property owners in spring 2017. The total budget for this project is $120,000.Read more
Budget Delegates meet with City staff at the second PB Speed Consulting session in October
Last week, Budget Delegates submitted 36 proposals for final vetting and cost estimates by City staff. The following list shows the proposals organized by Budget Delegate Committee.
Please note that not all of these proposals will make it to the ballot in December - some will not be deemed feasible by City staff, while others won't make the final cut by Budget Delegates since each of the five committees can only put four proposals on the ballot. There will be a total of 20 projects on the ballot.Read more