MetroBoston/ RE: The current state of North Station bike access.
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?
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
Last week I brought a visitor to ride in that vicinity, and I studied the maps:
Originally Posted by Marc40a
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.
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston
Then there is this photo essay by rholland1951 that encompasses the North Station area.
Last edited by Jim from Boston; 07-31-14 at 06:27 PM.
PS; I just happened upon this post:
Originally Posted by sherbornpeddler