MassPaths Bikepath Snow Plowing Report
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Bike paths and lanes are integral parts 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. If they are not plowed while the snow is still soft, paths with significant foot traffic become unskiable within a day, and remain a mess for everyone until the ice melts.

This is the storm that shut down the city, starting on Sunday and continuing through Monday, we got somewhere around 30 inches in the southern part of Boston. The city was closed down on both Monday and Tuesday, and the MBTA had *major* problems and was no longer anyone's first or last resort. Bicycles were the best way to get around the city, but as the salt melted street snow, lots of new potholes started to appear, so the roads and icy, bumpy paths are starting to do a job on my bikes.

Please send updates and reports on the conditions of other paths in Massachusetts to Jessica Mink.

Arnold Arboretum
1.5 miles of park roads which are mostly closed to automobile traffic with no intersections
Boston Parks and Harvard University
Packed powder from the Visitor Center to the Forest Hills entrance
Blackwell Footpath
A half-mile gravel path connecting the Forest Hills MBTA station and the South St. Arboretum entrance
Boston Parks and Harvard University
Not checked yet, but probably close to impassable on a bike.
Roslindale Bike Lanes
Two miles of bike lanes on both sides of Washington St. from Forest Hills to Roslindale Square and to West Roxbury on Belgrade Ave. and buffered and wide bike lanes along American Legion Highway
Boston Public Works Department
Mostly gone, except for Cummins Highway lanes.
Centre St. and VFW Parkway Bike Lanes
DCR, plowed by MassDOT
Not checked, but probably snow-covered.
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
Mostly covered by snow.
Morton St. Buffered Bike Lanes
Cemetery Rd. to Harvard St.
The bike lanes are buried under two feet of snow, but the buffers are mostly uncovered and usable.
Franklin Park Roads
Much of the park loop road is closed to motorized traffic and there are bike lanes on the main road.
Boston Parks and Public Works Departments
Not checked yet.
Centre/South Bike Lanes
A mile of bike lanes through the heart of Jamaica Plain from Jackson Square and the Southwest Corridor to Forest Hills
Boston Public Works Department
Pretty much totally gone under parked cars.
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
It's been plowed several times, but there was still a lot of loose snow in the drifting areas. I have bypassed it using the Perkin St. lanes to Prince St.
Perkins St. Bike Lanes
1.5 miles of mostly bike/ped-separated paths paralleling a busy 4-lane parkway; two intersections with traffic lights
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Under snow or parked cars, except parts of the southbound lane between Chestnut St. and Parkman Drive.
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
Plowed but lots of loose snow. Only the pedestrian path was plowed south of Willow Pond Ave.
Parkway and Netherlands Rd. Contraflow bike lanes
Two one-block contra-flow lanes plus and contraflow cycle track
Brookline Park Department and DPW
Under a giant pile of plowed snow.
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
Commonwealth Ave. Bike Lanes
Connecting the B.U. Bridge to Boston University Boston Transportation Department
Pretty much gone.
Brookline Bike Lanes
Town of Brookline
Harvard St. and Chestnut St. lanes were pretty clear.
B. U. Bridge Bike Lanes
Boston to Cambridge Department of Conservation and Recreation,
Plowed By Mass. Highway Department
Almost there.
B. U. Bridge west sidewalk
Boston to Cambridge
Department of Conservation and Recreation,
Plowed By Mass. Highway Department or B.U.
Cleared to packed powder.
Harvard (Mass. Ave.) Bridge bike lanes
Cambridge to Boston Department of Conservation and Recreation,
Plowed By Mass. Highway Department
Not checked yet.
Longfellow Bridge bike lanes
Cambridge to Boston Department of Conservation and Recreation,
Plowed By Mass. Highway Department
Not checked.
Charles River Bikepaths
Narrow, shared bike-ped path with few intersections
Department of Conservation and Recreation
I tried riding upstream from the BU Bridge, but bailed to streets as soon as I could due to a very bumpy surface with lots of loose snowl.
Aaron Pik reported on Wednesday morning: I tried riding along the Cambridge side of the Charles River path from Hawthorne to JFK. While I was technically able to "ride," I quickly bailed on the path at JFK and took the roads through Cambridge instead.
J.F.K. Park
Wide, shared bike-ped path from river to Harvard Square
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Plowed to packed powder.
Western Ave. Cycletrack
Cambridge Cambridge DPW
Surface not checked yet, but it's being used by pedestrians because the city plows it.
Western Ave. Cycletrack
Boston Boston DPW
Not checked yet.
N. Harvard St. bike lanes
Boston Boston DPW
Mostly under snow; when they appear, cars use them.
Lincoln St. to Cambridge St. MassPike Bridge
Bike/Ped connection from Harvard Square to Allston's Harvard Ave. district via Franklin St.
Massachusetts Turnpike Authority
Plowed almost to pavement; bikable.
Southwest Corridor Bikepath
Separated Bike/Ped path with poorly-designed intersections
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Plowed to packed powder by Thursday. Jamie Merrill reported on Wednesday: From Stony Brook to Ruggles, it's mostly packed snow with some small patches almost to pavement. Occasional surprise snow piles. Most intersections have partially plowed-in entrances but still passable. Overall, one of the post-blizzard trips of the year. Columbus Bike Lane has all but disappeared from Ruggles to Dartmouth but the roads are clear.
South Bay Harbor Trail
Bike/Ped path from the Federal Court House up Fort Point Channel to the Southwest Corridor
City of Boston
Not checked.
Neponset Trail
Mostly paved Bike/Ped path
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Not checked yet
Somerville Community Path
Wide rail trail from Davis Square to Cedar St.
City of Somerville
Nick Goffee reports: Buena Vista Rd to Cameron Ave: Pretty well plowed, but a bit narrow and its plowedness tapers at the edges, which can make it hard to pass pedestrians.
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
Danehy Park Paths
City of Cambridge
Only the bike path was plowed because the pedestrian path is too narrow to plow with a truck. It was packed powder, as was the narrow path to St. Peter's Field and Garden St. I had no problem biking
Cambridge Bike Lanes
Striped lanes of varying widths on major and connecting streets
City of Cambridge
Sometimes they're slightly usable, like on Brookline St. from the BU Bridge to Central Square, but mostly they're under snow. Some of Mass. Ave. is clear because of selective parking bans.
Vassar St. Cycle Track
Buffered bike lanes from Main St. to Memorial Drive (almost)
City of Cambridge
Not checked.
Green St./Franklin St. Bicycle Boulevard
Narrow one-way streets parallel to Mass. Ave. from Central Square to< Harvard Square/I>
City of Cambridge
I've been using Green St. instead of the river paths, and it's been amazingly clear considering that there is nowhere to put the snow. It has been lots worse in past winters.
Fresh Pond Bike Path
Parallel to Fresh Pond Parkway in Kingsley Park
City of Cambridge
Not checked yet
Alewife Brook Trail
Boardwalk sections aren't plowed. No report on the rest.
Fitchburg Cutoff Trail
Not checked yet.
Concord Ave. Cycle Track
Buffered bike lanes from Belmont to Fresh Pond Parkway
City of Cambridge
Nick Goffee reports: Concord Ave eastbound path: beautiful. Light dusting of powder.
Concord Ave westbound path: Last week, the sidewalk was plowed, but the "raised bike lane" was blocked by a pile of snow at every intersection. This morning, it looked like there'd been some effort to clear those. It was still too sloppy to ride comfortably that close to car traffic, though; I'd rather ride in traffic than suddenly fall into it.
Alewife Parkway Bridge Sidewalk
Connection from Minuteman Bikepath to Fresh Pond and beyond
Department of Conservation and Recreation
Narrow, but I rode it on Thursday and shared with pedestrians
Minuteman "Commuter Bikeway"

Towns of Cambridge, Arlington, Lexington, and Bedford
On Thursday, the path between Lake St. and Alewife was the best-plowed path I rode after this storm.
Bruce Kulik reported on Thursday: Bow Street to Bedford Depot.
Lexington: Reasonably well cleared down to hard packed snow with firm ice underneath. Traction was good (700c x 37 touring tread, no studs). I didn't encounter any surprise slippery areas. Was able to maintain 11-13MPH, 15MPH on the downhill from Bedford Street to 128. Quite passable with appropriate caution.
Bedford: (Wiggins to Bedford Depot). Trail was only cleared to about a 5' width. Very rough hardpack surface. Uncomfortable to ride on at 8-10MPH. I don't recommend it. I'll use Great Road and Wiggins this evening on the way home.
Northern Strand Trail
Everett, Malden
paved bikepaths
Cities of Malden and Everett
Steve Leibman reports: Northern Strand Trail in Everett plowed and salted, but not for the full length, leaving a quarter mile slog through deep snow at the Malden/Everett border.
Bike path in Malden plowed, but not down to pavement, and a bit lumpy. Overall, more exciting than usual.
Upper Charles Reservation
Watertown, Newton, Waltham
4+ miles of paved and unpaved bikepaths
Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation
Not checked yet
Newton Bike Lanes
City of Newton
Probably under snow. Will check some Thursday.
Revere Beach Reservation
Shared use paths (or very wide sidewalks)
Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation
Not checked yet.
Northern Strand Community Trail
Everett and Malden
Shared use path
Everett and Malden DPW
No Report.
Stony Brook Reservation
Hyde Park
4+ miles of paved bikepaths
Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation
These paths aren't plowed because they get relatively little transportation use and because they are used by cross-country skiers like me. There are marked narrow bike lanes on Enneking Parkway through the reservation which are probably clear. Though after this snowfall, the paths should be pretty bikable, and there usually isn't any ice.
Former Metropolitan State Hospital
Belmont, Waltham
paved bikepaths
Mass. Department of Conservation and Recreation
Not checked yet.
Assabet River Rail Trail
Hudson and Marlborough, so far
Town of Hudson, City of Marlborough (so far)
Not checked, but probably not plowed.
Northampton Bikeway
East-west across the City of Northampton
City of Northampton
Craig Della Penna, who lives next to the path, has reported 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
No report.