I was just driving around Cambridge and Somerville going to get the keys to a new condo listing at 25 Munroe St. Somerville. I had to go through Union Square, and I advise everyone, BEWARE! The college students, new residents and their parents have returned or are in the process of moving in. We all know what that means…double parked cars and trucks, drivers who don’t know where they are going and worse still, don’t know how to drive in Boston, or sometimes, any city environment.
So, in kindness, I am sharing a list of how to get around in a car in the Boston area, which includes Cambridge and Somerville.
1. DO NOT stop at a green light to let someone cross the street. You will likely cause an accident and make a whole lot of people behind you very mad! If there is a crosswalk that is NOT at a light, you can stop and let pedestrians go, but make sure someone isn’t tailgating you first.
2. DO NOT text while walking across the street, unless you have a death wish. And while you’re at it, wait until you are out of the street to talk on your phone, a pet peeve of mine. You can’t see a car bearing down on you if you are staring at your phone.
4. Please try not to double park on a narrow road and block traffic while you move. This makes Cantibrigians very angry as many of our streets are not equipped for that. Make arrangements with the city to get a special parking permit for the day. And here you can get your yearly parking permit if you have proof of residence in Cambridge. Here is the parking information for Somerville.
5. When turning, check first to see if the street is one way. We have lots of one way streets in the area. If it is one way DO NOT go down it the wrong way, and if you do go down it, TURN AROUND! Immediately!
5. If you are new to the area and are confused as to our rules and quirky roads, here is a link to the MA. Drivers Manual. This should clarify some of the issues.
6. Don’t be afraid to ask for directions! We are usually very nice and used to giving directions to new residents. It happens every year at this time when a new influx of people join us. We love our city and are happy to share it with you!
And if you are looking for someplace to live in the Greater Boston Area, send us a message or drop us a line. We are here to help! Search here for a condo or single family home in the neighborhood.