MassBike Bikepath Snow Plowing Report
Friday, February 25, 2005

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.

Another day, another 6-8 inches of snowfall in Boston. I got a late start, giving various agencies plenty of time to clear the paths before I got to them, and they did.

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
All of the hills were bare, but there was packed powder over ice along the base of Hemlock Hill.
Arborway "Bike Lanes"
1 mile of wide paved shoulder which is unmarked but usually clear of parked cars during rush hour
Department of Conservation and Recreation,
Division of Urban Parks and Recreation
The shoulder wasn't plowed to the curb, but there was usually a clear zone of at least two feet outside the fog line.
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
The path is plowed, salted, and sanded, mostly to bare pavement from Kelly Circle to Route 9. The old entrance to the no-loger-extant skating rink was cleared a day after the last snowfall and was cleared again this time. There was a bit of drifted snow near Kelly Field, but plenty of clear pavement to get by it.
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 looked clear from Route 9. They are probably plowed to the parking lot near Chestnut St., but not quite all of the way to Perkins St.
Muddy River Path
12-foot-wide 0.6 mile shared bike/ped path with no intersections
Brookline Park Department and DPW
Bare pavement all of the way, with some snow around the edges.
B.U. Bridge
The west sidewalk was totally clear by late morning, though there was a bit of ice on the Cambridge approach.
Charles River Bikepath
Narrow, shared bike-ped path with few intersections
Department of Conservation and Recreation,
Division of Urban Parks and Recreation
The path was plowed to bare pavement most of the way from the B.U. Bridge to Hawthorn St. (past Harvard Square). There was some ice between River St. and Western Ave., but it's clearer than it was before the storm.

Thank the DCR for plowing path after snowstorms, at their feedback web page.

J.F.K. Park
Wide, shared bike-ped path from river to Harvard Square
Department of Conservation and Recreation,
Division of Urban Parks and Recreation
Plowed to bare pavement, probably by Harvard.
Southwest Corridor Bikepath
Separated Bike/Ped path with poorly-designed intersections
Department of Conservation and Recreation,
Division of Urban Parks and Recreation
No report yet.
Melnea Cass Bikepath
Separated Bike/Ped path
Boston Parks or Transportation Deparment
Not checked yet, but probably not plowed.
Neponset Trail
Mostly paved Bike/Ped path
Department of Conservation and Recreation,
Division of Urban Parks and Recreation
This path is usually not plowed.
If you use this path regularly and want the DCR to plow it, let them know at their feedback web page.
Somerville Community Path
Wide rail trail from Davis Square to Cedar St.
City of Somerville
Not checked, but probably plowed.
Red Line Linear Park Path
Alewife MBTA station to Davis Square over Red Line
City of Cambridge City of Somerville
Not checked yet, but probably plowed here and there.
Cambridge Bike Lanes
Striped lanes of varying widths on major and connecting streets
City of Cambridge
Some lanes have not yet emerged from the parking offsets caused by the January blizzard.
Fresh Pond Bike Path
Parallel to Fresh Pond Parkway in Kingsley Park
City of Cambridge
Chris Porter reports: I'm happy to report that the DCR appears to be sending out a snow removal machine of some sort to clear nearly all of the pathways along Fresh Pond/Alewife Brook parkways (at least from Mt. Auburn St to the Alewife T Station). I've not seen the machine in action but based on the track it looks like a bobcat-size device (~4.5' track) with a plow on the front.
Minuteman Bikeway
From Cambridge through Arlington and Lexington to Bedford
Each town
Not checked yet.
Northampton Bikeway
East-west across the City of Northampton
City of Northampton
Craig Della Penna, who lives next to the path, reports that it is the intention of the DPW to make it passable ASAP after a storm. If the storm is significant, then they plow it repeatedly --sometimes 10-12 times during the course of the storm to ensure its usability.
Norwottuck Rail Trail
Northampton to Amherst
Department of Conservation and Recreation,
Division of State Parks and Recreation
Alex von Braun reports: The University Rail Trail Connector continues to be completely clear; the Norwottuck Trail between roughly Baker St. to S. Pleasant St. was not plowed after the most recent dusting and as of 2/25 had enough snow to slow, but not prohibit, the intrepid cyclist.