MassBike Boston Bikepath Snow Plowing Report
Thursday-Friday, April 8, 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. I took pictures of most of the paths which I'll add as soon as I can.

Boston got a couple of inches of snow Monday night, far fewer than the 3-6 predicted as of the end of Monday afternoon. It was around freezing when the snow fell, and the pavement was warm enough to turn much of it to slush. The plows did get out, however, and the paths, except the Charles River Bikepath were better for than.

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 roads were plowed to wet pavement throughout the Arboretum. The wet snow stuck to the trees for one of the most beautiful days of the entire winter/spring snow season.
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 plowed to a wet surface, with slush piled up around the infamous Pine Bank bollards. My trusty avalanche shovel made short work of the slush/dirt piles, and the path is now clear.
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
Both the bike and pedestrian paths were plowed, but the bikepath had a layer of slush this morning.
Muddy River Path
12-foot-wide 0.6 mile shared bike/ped path with no intersections
Brookline Park Department and DPW
Plowed to wet pavement.
B.U. Bridge
The bridge road lanes are narrow, and the sidewalks are wide and relatively unused by pedestrians.
The bridge sidewalk and approaches were plowed to wet pavement.
Charles River Bikepath
Narrow, shared bike-ped path with few intersections
Metropolitan District Commission
The path wasn't plowed, but the layer of slush was thin enough to bike through. I saw one cross-country skier trying to get one last day in near the Weekes Footbridge.
Southwest Corridor Bikepath
Separated Bike/Ped path with poorly-designed intersections
Metropolitan District Commission
Not checked, but probably similar to the Charles River path.
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 isn't plowed, but discussions are under way as to whether the entire path should be plowed.
Cambridge Bike Lanes
Striped lanes of varying widths on major and connecting streets
City of Cambridge
They're finally clear since the cars are parking close to the curb. The streets, on the other hand, are a mess of potholes.
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
The snow on the path was finally gone last week, so the new snow should melt pretty quickly.