MassBike Boston Bikepath Snow Plowing Report
Monday, January 27, 2003

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. Paths with significant foot traffic become unskiable within a day, and remain a mess for everyone if they are not plowed while the snow is still soft.

While Boston only got a half-inch of snow this morning, it did have an effect on bikepath ridability, since most of the city's paths have been clear for the past couple of weeks.

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
The main road up Bussey Hill from Bussey Brook is torn up for water main construction, so I've been using Walter St. and the paved shoulder of Centre St. to the entrance at the top of the hill. The park roads were snow-packed this morning, and there is still quite a bit of ice on the hairpin turn by the ponds. A day of bright sun should clear most of the road, but the ice has lasted for weeks in places, so beware. Some day, I'll finally get studded snow tires.
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 path was sanded this morning, but there were several inches of drifting snow over it along Jamaica Pond and Daisy Field. There was no snow at all where it goes through the brush north of Willow Pond. The frozen mud bypassing the bollards at Pinebank is still dangerous.
Olmsted Park Paths
3/4-mile of mostly bike/ped-separated paths built over Riverdale Road, across Leverett Pond from the Jamaicaway.
Brookline Park Department
I don't think the paths were touched, but they should be pretty ridable.
Muddy River Path
12-foot-wide 0.6 mile shared bike/ped path with no intersections
Brookline Park Department and DPW
There was some bare pavement; it looks like it might have been salted lightly.
B.U. Bridge
The bridge road lanes are narrow, and the sidewalks are wide and relatively unused by pedestrians.
The western sidewalk of the bridge was clear, as were both approaches. The roadway is clear, too.
Charles River Bikepath
Narrow, shared bike-ped path with few intersections
Metropolitan District Commission
The wind sweeping down the river seems to have cleared most of the path on the Cambridge side of snow, except around Weekes Footbridge, where it has drifted over the path.
Southwest Corridor Bikepath
Separated Bike/Ped path with poorly-designed intersections
Metropolitan District Commission
Not checked yet, but it was totally clear on Saturday, so the light snow shouldn't be covering up much ice.
Melnea Cass Bikepath
Separated Bike/Ped path
Boston Parks or Transportation Deparment
Not checked yet.
Neponset Trail
Mostly paved Bike/Ped path
Metropolitan District Commission
This path was clear a week ago from the Lower Mills Bridge to Port Norfolk, so it should be ridable. There was a lot of ice on the wooden bridge and upstream of the Adams St. bridge, so getting all of the way to Central Ave. is challenging.
Cambridge Bike Lanes
Striped lanes of varying widths on major and connecting streets
City of Cambridge
Cars are still parked out from the curb due to remaining snow/ice, so bike lanes are often narrowed.
Fresh Pond Bike Path
Parallel to Fresh Pond Parkway in Kingsley Park
City of Cambridge
Not checked yet.
Red Line Linear Park
Over the Red Line from Alewife Station to Cedar St.
Cities of Cambridge and Somerville
Not checked yet.
Minuteman Bikeway
From Cambridge through Arlington and Lexington to Bedford
Each town
This path is not usually plowed, except sometimes from Lake St. to Alewife Station.