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    MetroBoston/ RE: The current state of North Station bike access.

    Hi All,

    Having moved to the North shore 3+ years ago, I'm a bit out of touch regarding the current state of of the metro bike paths and their connectivity.

    Is there currently any way to get from North Station to the Charles River bike path (preferably the Cambridge side but either is fine) via bike path only? I ask because my wife has limited bike experience and urban street riding is probably too daunting at this point.

    I know there's some proposed paths in the works but it does appear that there might be a way via the Charleston locks? Is that correct? If so, what about the near the Museum of Science - could one conceivably go from Charlestown to the bike path there without using the roadway?

    Thank you,
    Marc

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    Hi Marc, I don't think there is a way to get across via bike bath only, but one option is to take Nashua Street, behind TD Garden and cross O-Brien hwy to the Boston side of the path, Nashua St is pretty low key from what I've seen and there's a park there before you cross over to the museum of science. You could then use the longfellow bridge ( I think it's still open to bikes/peds) over to the Cambridge side if you want to avoid the rather busy o'brien hwy. There is a bridge on the cambridge side going over to Charlestown, over the commuter rail line and under the Zakim bridge, but I don't think there is really direct access from north station with dedicated paths

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc40a View Post
    Hi All,

    Having moved to the North shore 3+ years ago, I'm a bit out of touch regarding the current state of of the metro bike paths and their connectivity.

    Is there currently any way to get from North Station to the Charles River bike path (preferably the Cambridge side but either is fine) via bike path only? I ask because my wife has limited bike experience and urban street riding is probably too daunting at this point.

    I know there's some proposed paths in the works but it does appear that there might be a way via the Charleston locks? Is that correct? If so, what about the near the Museum of Science - could one conceivably go from Charlestown to the bike path there without using the roadway?

    Thank you,
    Marc
    Last week I brought a visitor to ride in that vicinity, and I studied the maps:

    Quote Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
    …I had promised myself as I did last year, that I would not take the participants out onto the streets of Boston, since I live downtown. A well-used urban bike path with nice city views follows the Charles River and would IMO be a fine, safe, and pleasant introduction to Boston. Recently though, this post suggested a short, interesting detour from the MUP.

    Quote Originally Posted by RocTurk View Post
    … I sometimes follow the path towards [the historic] Charlestown Navy Yard, it's just another 1-1.5 miles from the science museum and you can enjoy views of north end and USS Constitution….[/b] …
    …As mentioned, Dick had come with a low-riding recumbent trike, from Fairborn, Ohio, small, probably rural town I imagined, and now at the end of the Path we were facing the busy mean streets of downtown Boston at rush hour. I myself had never ridden most of that on-street route to the Navy Yard, but I knew we could take sidewalks, Dick, as he was during the entire weekend, said “Fine, you lead the way.”

    So we made our way, mostly on crowded sidewalks with some hazardous street crossings. Eventually I had to give up and go onto the \streets. Dick had no problems with street riding, and actually seemed to prefer it. Later he said it’s really no problem, and has cycled streets around the world such as Munich and London, so I realized. “What’s Boston?”
    Basically we rode on Martha Rd to the Causeway St. sidewalk. There is a lot of pedestrian traffic, and the street intersections are busy, but with crosswalks. It was not more than about half a mile or so. We returned via Nashua St, but the intersection with the Mrgr. O’Brien Highway is hectic IMO, and needs to be crossed to get to the Bikepath.

    Then there is this photo essay by rholland1951 that encompasses the North Station area.
    Last edited by Jim from Boston; 07-31-14 at 07:27 PM.

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    PS; I just happened upon this post:

    Quote Originally Posted by sherbornpeddler View Post
    ...I don't recall riding the Alford St. Bridge but do ride North Washington St across the Charlestown Bridge. The bridge is a little dicey with the metal surface, high curbs and slippery sidewalks. You can walk across the Charles River Dam just west of the bridge. Once across the bridge, jog east a block and take Main St. to go north to Alford St.

    There is talk about adding bike paths to cross the river with the train tracks out of North Station but for now there is the beautiful crossing under the Zakim on the north side connecting to Paul Revere Park.Attachment 383307

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