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Old 05-06-18, 04:57 PM
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Tips for Boston?

Hi, I live in NH currently but in September I'll be moving to Mission Hill in Boston for college. I was wondering if y'all had any insight for getting around the city without dying (besides yknow, wear a helmet, use hand signals, the common sense stuff) and if there are any particularly fun paths or sneaky hill-descent through alley type things around town.
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Be careful on the roads.

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Old 05-06-18, 06:21 PM
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I drive down to the city pretty regularly, so uh... yep. I know how it go.
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Be very careful around the trolley tracks on Huntington and South Huntington, especially where they intersect - there have been grisly crashes due to the tracks. Cross the tracks at as close to a right angle as you can and be very careful when riding parallel to them.

The Emerald Necklace and path is very close and will take you to the Paul Dudley White path along the Charles or to the Arnold Arboretum, Franklin Park, and Forest Hills Cemetery.
The South West Corridor Park is to the east and is a very nice ride between Back Bay, alongside Northeastern Univ and Forest Hills.

For longer rides the Minuteman bikeway from Cambridge to Bedford, and beyond. Or the Neponset River trail, just recently completed. Also the Northern Strand Trail.

Check out the Metro Boston ride thread as well: Metro Boston: Good ride today?
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Originally Posted by shuyo;20325671[u
Hi, I live in NH currently but in September I'll be moving to Mission Hill in Boston for college. I was wondering if y'all had any insight for getting around the city without dying (besides yknow, wear a helmet, use hand signals, the common sense stuff) and if there are any particularly fun paths or sneaky hill-descent through alley type things around town.
Originally Posted by Meagannn View Post
I'm Meagan and being a bit inexperienced at biking, for now, I do really passionate about it though.

I'd be happy to hang out somehow whenever you are in Boston
cheers
I posted this usual reply to @meagann’s recent thread:
Originally Posted by Jim from Boston View Post
Hi Meagan,

For a nice, friendly Metro Boston hang out on BikeForums, see this thread on the Regional Discussion Forum, “Metro Boston: Good ride today? (link),” started in 2009, with over 7000 replies.

Also, I have posted a Cyclists Guide to Metro Boston (link), with information about road cycling, bikepaths, and taking your bike on the (T) (subway) and Commuter Rail.

By way of introduction, I’’m a decades long lifestyle cyclist…year-round commuting, road cycling and touring.
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BTW, I don’t list my location under my avatar, but it is “D’uh” [in Kenmore Square].

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Whenever I see a series of nested quotes, I think "it's Jim from 'Duh' again."
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My experience is that people drive differently in every city and treat cyclists very differently. The best advice often comes from cyclists that live the closest to you

The exception here would also be Jim from Boston--anyone that can successfully commute around Boston has my full respect and probably knows how to deal with about every intersection imaginable!
Sign in Brookline:

PS: To further embellish your (exaggerated view. IMO) of Boston, and for my further safety tips, see this post on the thread,
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Are most avid/experienced cyclists knowledgeable of laws, safety practices?

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On the southeast side of Mission Hill Southwest Corridor Bikepath will bring you between Ruggles and Forest Hills with just crossing a few roads.

Connecting to this near Ruggles are bikelanes on Columbus Ave (which takes you to Park Plaza) and the S. Bay Harbor Trail on Melnea Cass Blvd, which also connects to Washington St which is a shared bus/bike lane, will take you close to Downtown Crossing BUT it dumps you into the deep end at Tufts Medical Center.

Connecting near Forest Hills are Washington St (again), Cummins Highway, American Legion Highway and Blue Hill Avenue, taking you south.

On the west of Mission Hill is Huntington/S. Huntington, past lots of colleges. On a bike, they are acquired tastes. Lots of people ride there, lots of people HATE riding there. The trolley tracks (green line) are to be respected.

On the northwest side of Mission Hill is Brookline Ave, which will take you past many hospitals and eventually Fenway Park.

Mass Ave is the major bike connector across the river, taking you over the Harvard Bridge (often incorrectly called the MIT Bridge by locals, but also often correctly called the Mass Ave Bridge) into Cambridge and beyond. From Mission Hill you may also be crossing the BU Bridge to Cambridge too.

Finally, while Boston drivers crash a lot, they typically crash slowly. Speed limit in the city is now 25 mph.
But often they can't get out of their own way (they are the traffic they are stuck in), so you'll often be the fastest vehicle on the road.

The other biggest caution, operators of large trucks often struggle to navigate the city roads. They WAY too frequently overlook pedestrians and bicycles, but for some reason, that seems to be OK around here.

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Originally Posted by randomgear View Post
Be very careful around the trolley tracks on Huntington and South Huntington, especially where they intersect - there have been grisly crashes due to the tracks. Cross the tracks at as close to a right angle as you can and be very careful when riding parallel to them.
I'll do my best to not get squished by the Green Line when I go to the stop 'n shop. Pretty undignified.
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I'll do my best to not get squished by the Green Line when I go to the stop 'n shop. Pretty undignified.
Just making sure.

It's not the trolleys. It's the tracks. Faceplants can hurt as well. (The last time I helped someone get up from a track-splat happened to be on Market Street in San Francisco.)

But it can be far worse, such as getting hit by another vehicle after getting tangled in the tracks.

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Originally Posted by mr_bill View Post
It's not the trolleys. It's the tracks. Faceplants can hurt as well. (The last time I helped someone get up from a track-splat happened to be on Market Street in San Francisco.)

But it can be far worse, such as getting hit by another vehicle after getting tangled in the tracks.
Ahh. So would wider tires be better for that area, as opposed to the narrow ones you typically see on city bikes?
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