MassBike Boston Bikepath Snow Plowing Report
January 14, 2000

Bikepaths are an integral part of the bicycle transportation network, and these reports are provided to encourage their use by bicyclists who might otherwise not venture out in the snow, and to encourage their proper maintenance (which includes snow plowing) by the responsible agencies given in bold type below.

Our first snow of the winter of 1999-2000 fell all day on January 13. I drove to work because I had to get my daughter to and from school, though traffic made me wish that I had left my car at the school and biked the rest of the way to Cambridge. This morning, I biked to work around 10:00 am and the paths I use were all plowed. Please send updates and reports on the conditions of other paths in Massachusetts to Doug Mink

Arnold Arboretum
1.5 miles of park roads which are mostly closed to automobile traffic with no intersections
Boston Parks and Harvard University
Plowed to packed powder. There was pretty good traction for my road bike tires except on south-facing hills, where there was some ice.
Jamaicaway Bikepath
1.5 miles of mostly bike/ped-separated paths paralleling a busy 4-lane parkway; two intersections with traffic lights
Boston Parks Deparment
This was all plowed, but drifting was pretty bad between the Boathouse and Perkin St. (the parallel footpath was clear enough to ride) and downwind of Daisy Field, north of Willow Pond Ave., where I got off and walked. A second pass with a plow is needed.
Olmsted Park Paths
3/4-mile of mostly bike/ped-separated paths built over River Road, , across Leverett Pond from the Jamaicaway.
Brookline Park Department
I didn't see whether this was plowed or not.
Muddy River Path
12-foot-wide 0.6 mile shared bike/ped path with no intersections
Brookline Park Department and DPW
Plowed to packed powder, it was smoother than the pavement underneath.
B.U. Bridge
Icy approaches, with bare pavement on the sidewalk over the water. The car paths were wet but clear to the curb.
Charles River Bikepath
Narrow, shared bike-ped path with few intersections
Metropolitan District Commission
The Cambridge side was plowed from the B.U. Bridge to Hawthorned St. (west of Harvard Square) There was some drifting, but it was rideable, rough packed powder.
Southwest Corridor Bikepath
Separated Bike/Ped path with poorly-designed intersections
Metropolitan District Commission
All of the Corridor was plowed at least once during the storm, but about 1/3 of the sections are primarily ice. On the other 2/3, you can mostly snake your way on dry pavement, but expect to have to negotiate some ice even on those sections, especially where the path approaches street crossings. Worst sections are (inbound) Forest Hills to McBride, William to Gordon, and Tremont to Prentiss. With studded tires, the path is fine, since there's no deep snow. (-David Wean)