PB Cycle 8

The City of Cambridge launched the 8th Cycle of Participatory Budgeting (PB8) and collected 1,070 ideas from the Cambridge community between June and July about how to spend $1 million on one-time capital projects to improve Cambridge. From August 2021 through November 2021, volunteer Budget Delegates researched all submitted project ideas and developed the final proposals for the December 3-12 2021 PB8 vote, in which all Cambridge residents age 12 and older were able to participate.

PB Cycle 8 Results

The following 7 projects won $1,140,000 in FY23 Capital Funding:

  1. Home Essentials for Newly Housed Residents ($60,000)
  2. Keep Cambridge Clean ($80,000)
  3. STEAM Upgrades for Youth Centers! ($110,000)
  4. Public Bathroom ($400,000)
  5. African American & Indigenous Peoples Historical Reckoning Project ($180,000)
  6. Traffic Signals for Cyclists ($60,000)
  7. Electric Vehicle Charging Stations ($250,000)

Thank you to the 7,441 residents that voted, representing the second highest total vote in Cambridge PB history.  The full vote totals are:

Project Cost Votes Cumulative Cost
Home Essentials for Newly Housed Residents $60,000 3,635  $60,000
Keep Cambridge Clean $80,000 3,331  $140,000
STEAM Upgrades for Youth Centers! $110,000 2,970  $250,000
Public Bathroom $400,000 2,963  $650,000
African American and Indigenous Peoples Historical Reckoning Project $180,000 2,544  $830,000
Traffic Signals for Cyclists $60,000 2,506  $890,000
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations $250,000 1,890  $1,140,000
Water Fountains $120,000 1,842   
More Bluebike Stations for High-Need Areas $180,000 1,736   
Cambridge Works Out $110,000 1,617   
Praise for Raised Intersections $120,000 1,546   
Cambridge Hoops $250,000 1,477   
The Cambridge Gambit $30,000 1,266   
Driver Speed Feedback for Safer Streets $100,000 1,229   
Outdoor Volleyball Court $100,000 1,140   
Bicycle Parking that Doubles as Public Art $50,000 1,092   
Restore the North Cambridge Mural Before it's Gone! $140,000 1,083   
Enhancing City Pollination Areas with Educational Displays $10,000 953   
Nursing Pod for Breastfeeding and Pumping $50,000 761   
Community Garden Storage Sheds $30,000 651   

Special thanks to the City Manager for fully funding the seventh winning project! PB funding will be made available for project implementation at the start of FY23, July 1 2022.

PB Cycle 8 Vote

This year's PB vote took place December 3-12, 2021.  Residents age 12 and up (and all 6th graders) voted on-line in English and 7 other languages, in select in-person voting events, and over the phone.

The final 20 projects on the Cycle 8 Ballot are:

  1. Driver Speed Feedback for Safer Streets
  2. Basketball Court Upgrade
  3. More Bluebike Stations for High-Need Areas
  4. Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
  5. African American & Indigenous Peoples Historical Reckoning Project
  6. Keep Cambridge Clean
  7. Nursing Pod for Breastfeeding and Pumping
  8. STEAM Upgrades for Youth Centers!
  9. Outdoor Volleyball Court
  10. Home Essentials for Newly Housed Residents
  11. Praise for Raised Intersections
  12. Community Garden Storage Sheds
  13. Restore the North Cambridge Mural before it’s Gone!
  14. Water Fountains
  15. Bicycle Parking that Doubles as Public Art
  16. The Cambridge Gambit
  17. Public Bathroom
  18. Traffic Signals for Cyclists
  19. Enhancing City Pollination Areas with Educational Displays
  20. Cambridge Works Out

(Projects are listed in random order)

Proposal Development

From August-November, 50+ Budget Delegates will work in four committees to research, assess, and prioritize all of the submitted ideas and ultimately develop the following 20 final proposals for the December 2021 PB ballot.

Read the PB8 Budget Delegate Guide to find out more about the proposal development process.

PB Cycle 8 Timeline

  • Community members brainstorm and submit IDEAS (June 1-July 31, 2021)
  • Planning/recruitment of OUTREACH TEAM and coordination with the Cambridge Community Corps (July 2021)
  • Volunteer Budget Delegates turn ideas into concrete project PROPOSALS (August-November 2021)
  • City staff vet proposals for FEASIBILITY and COST (November 2021)
  • Residents VOTE on which projects they’d like the City to fund (December 3-12, 2021)
  • RESULTS are announced and winning projects are included in the City’s FY23 Capital Budget (December 14, 2021)
  • Projects are IMPLEMENTED (July 1, 2022 onward)

Idea Collection

To read about all of the ideas that were submitted in the eighth cycle, please click the map below:

Click here to sign up and stay informed about the PB8 Cycle.