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Old 06-20-05, 02:56 PM
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map question for the boston peeps

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here in nyc, the DOT puts out a free bikemap every year. it shows you all the bike lanes and recommended bike routes throught the city. you can find it in nearly every bike shop. does boston have something comparable? i did some brief google sleuthing, but i thought i'd ask here real quick to see if anyone could point me in the right direction. for providence too, if possible...

trevor, fixed, where you at?

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Providence is pretty bike friendly, traffic wise. They don't have bike lanes in the roads, but the traffic isn't too much of a problem. I don't know of any actual maps, but here you can ride around and it's relatively safe.
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fyi, i'm asking for out of towner alleycat route planning purposes. not general info.
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For Boston, get the Rubel's Boston Bike Map. You can get it in any bike shop here.

This is actually based on a map CTPS put together in '77. It was first published in public form in '78. The highlights are its demarcation of the old elevated orange line through Dudley Square, some rockin very-70s pencil illustrations on the back demonstrating safe road cycling, and the dedication to Charlie, the man who never returned.

In the early-80s, the state said the MPO needed to get out of the map business and it was purchased by Great Circle Publications who then sold it to Rubel in 1994 who brought it up to date. Of course with much of the Big Dig complete now, it's once again out of date. The nice thing about having pay for it is that you can get it in decent paper ($5 or so) or nice water-proof paper ($12). My experience with the NYC map is that while it's free (awesome), it's also on really cheap paper and didn't even last me a weekend of pulling it out and folding it back up.

If anyone ever runs into me and wants to see those old maps, let me know.
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If you need a copy of the boston bike map, I can buy you one and post it to you if you want; as they're probably hard to find in NYC.

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The "Streetwise Boston" map is what you want for alleycat purposes. If this is for Friday, get one and start studying. I hear it's an "easy" (that's coming from a Bostonian though, so take with a grain of salt) but LONG course.
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Originally Posted by bostontrevor
For Boston, get the Rubel's Boston Bike Map. You can get it in any bike shop here.

This is actually based on a map CTPS put together in '77. It was first published in public form in '78. The highlights are its demarcation of the old elevated orange line through Dudley Square, some rockin very-70s pencil illustrations on the back demonstrating safe road cycling, and the dedication to Charlie, the man who never returned.

In the early-80s, the state said the MPO needed to get out of the map business and it was purchased by Great Circle Publications who then sold it to Rubel in 1994 who brought it up to date. Of course with much of the Big Dig complete now, it's once again out of date. The nice thing about having pay for it is that you can get it in decent paper ($5 or so) or nice water-proof paper ($12). My experience with the NYC map is that while it's free (awesome), it's also on really cheap paper and didn't even last me a weekend of pulling it out and folding it back up.

If anyone ever runs into me and wants to see those old maps, let me know.
Speaking of Boston maps, I have one of yours. I'll give it to you week after next.
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thanks guys. that's exactly the info i wanted to know. yeah, coming up on friday for the alleycat/r1. tried to get the rubel map today at a mapshop but the lady working there had no idea what i was talking about. thanks for the offer bostonfixed, awfully kind, but i don't think there's enough time between now and friday for that. bostontrevor, you are right, the nyc maps disintegrate pretty easily, but, like you said, they are free and in massive supply. are you guys participating?
perhaps there will be more real-life bike forum meet-up. across state lines baby.
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Originally Posted by 80sMutRider
Providence is pretty bike friendly, traffic wise. They don't have bike lanes in the roads, but the traffic isn't too much of a problem. I don't know of any actual maps, but here you can ride around and it's relatively safe.
There are just a couple of bike lanes in the roads in Providence. And some very nice ones outside of Providence.

All the bike shops have the R.I. State Bike map. Showing what roads are good for bikes etc. It's pretty good. The maps are free. The map is on line too.
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Originally Posted by EnLaCalle
bostonfolk-

here in nyc, the DOT puts out a free bikemap every year. it shows you all the bike lanes and recommended bike routes throught the city. you can find it in nearly every bike shop. does boston have something comparable? i did some brief google sleuthing, but i thought i'd ask here real quick to see if anyone could point me in the right direction. for providence too, if possible...

trevor, fixed, where you at?

j

I can get you a Providence street map, The state bike map does not have much detail in Providence. I don't know if there is enough time.
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Originally Posted by jrowedc
Speaking of Boston maps, I have one of yours. I'll give it to you week after next.
Oh yeah. I forgot about that. Whichever. Keep it if you want, but it's in pretty rough shape.
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As for r1, unfortunately that's time to coincide with my camping so unless we get together Thursday (hey, it is race night!), I won't be around.
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Originally Posted by bostontrevor
As for r1, unfortunately that's time to coincide with my camping so unless we get together Thursday (hey, it is race night!), I won't be around.
What day are you going to be around Miles Standish?
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Friday afternoon/evening & Saturday morning, I think. I actually have the site Friday & Saturday night, but I have some friends who live just outside the northern edge, so I'm going to go visit them.
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Originally Posted by bostontrevor
Friday afternoon/evening & Saturday morning, I think. I actually have the site Friday & Saturday night, but I have some friends who live just outside the northern edge, so I'm going to go visit them.
I plan on getting a long ride in this weekend. I would be leaving here in the morning though and getting to that area Saturday or Sunday afternoon. Maybe if I am close by I will just call your cell just to see where you are? You probably will not be there at the same time as I will. Is your campsite at the Northern end by Curlew pond?
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I'm on the Fearing Pond loop 1, down at the bottom. I probably could have gotten a better site but the reservation system used some sneaky double talk and outsmarted me.

If I'd been paying more attention, I would have gone with a site around Curlew as my friends are just like a couple of miles from there. Oh well. Gimme a ring if you're nearby.
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Originally Posted by bostontrevor
I'm on the Fearing Pond loop 1, down at the bottom. I probably could have gotten a better site but the reservation system used some sneaky double talk and outsmarted me.

If I'd been paying more attention, I would have gone with a site around Curlew as my friends are just like a couple of miles from there. Oh well. Gimme a ring if you're nearby.


OK I will.

I camped on that loop once, it was OK. I actually went fishing in the small pond. Don't forget the bug repellent. It was pretty buggy the last week or so.

If you have a tent with screens, and if you have enough bug repellent, spray the screens too. Spray from the outside when you are not in the tent.
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