I'll be in Boston the last week of this month and would like to bring a bicycle to go a few places in Boston, Cambridge, Lexington, and probably Arlington.
When I lived in Cambridge & Somerville and worked in Boston from 1980-1990, traffic seemed fairly easy to deal with - follow the usual traffic paterns (chaotic), and the congestion slowed all traffic down to bicycle speeds. My questions concern 2 developments since I've left:
(1) Cambridge & Boston bicycle lanes
All the google photos and descriptions I read of the Cambridge bicycle lanes sound like they are as badly designed as every Philadelphia lane I've seen so far. They are almost all in door zones, and they are still installing new bike lanes to the right of right turn only lanes. Since a few bicyclists I know have been doored, these lanes scare me far more than congested city traffic.
Do the police in Cambridge and Boston enforce mandatory use of the bicycle lanes (pull over bicyclists outside the bike lane, automatically fault bicyclists outside of bicycle lanes in accidents, etc.)? Does Boston have any significant bicycle lanes yet?
If bike lane use is enforced, do Cambridge and Boston motorists make right turns from the right hand edge of the road (merging into any bike lanes present), or do the normally stay to the left of the bike lane and turn across the bicycle lane instead of merging? (The latter seems to be the practice in Philadelphia; turn signals are optional but not encouraged.)
(2) Minuteman Bicycle Path to Lexington
I think a friend of mine might enjoy the Minuteman Bike Path; since it was built after I moved from Lexington, I am curious to see it either Friday or Saturday (Oct 23 or 24th). My assumption is that it is pleasant if you ride slowly to share with pedestrians and walk across most of the intersections. (similar to the urban parts of the Schuylkill trail.)
Does anyone have suggestions on Friday vs. Saturday, or other points of interest near the path?
Thanks for any comments