MassBike Boston Bikepath Snow Plowing Report
March 12, 1999

Bikepaths are an integral part of the bicycle transportation network, and these reports are provided to encourage their use by bicyclists who might otherwise not venture out in the snow, and to encourage their proper maintenance (which includes snow plowing) by the responsible agencies given in bold type below.

As of 10:00 am on March 12, 1999, with snow still falling, here are the conditions of the bikepaths of Boston, Brookline, and Cambridge. Please send updates and reports on the conditions of other paths in Massachusetts to Doug Mink

Arnold Arboretum
1.5 miles of park roads which are mostly closed to automobile traffic with no intersections
Boston Parks and Harvard University
Two plows were working on the roads as I rode through. From the Walter St. entrance along Bussey Brook, there is still ice under the snow which the plows didn't get. It was ridable for this ice biker, however.
Jamaicaway Bikepath
1.5 miles of mostly bike/ped-separated path paralleling a busy 4-lane parkway; two intersections with traffic lights
Boston Parks Deparment
It wasn't plowed from the rotary to Perkins St. when I was there, and snow was already drifting into the bikepath, so I rode on the pedestrian path which was swept clear by the wind. The path WAS freshly plowed from Perkins St. all the way to Route 9. Near Daisy Field, where it was drifted shut by last week's storm, the path was clearer than it has been for a week. There is still a snow cover, though. I expect that the whole path will have been plowed at least once by the evening commute.
Muddy River Path
12-foot-wide 0.6 mile shared bike/ped path with no intersections
Brookline Park Department and DPW
While plowed to pavement as usual, there was some slush which could freeze if it goes below freezing. It was sanded, so there is good traction and it is sheltered, so there is very little drifting.
B.U. Bridge
Pavement clear or snow-covered with less ice than earlier in the week.
Charles River Bikepath
Narrow, shared bike-ped path with few intersections
Metropolitan District Commission
The Cambridge side was snow-covered but rideable from B.U. Bridge to Hawthorne St. Drifting snow made it almost unpassable in some places. Hopefully, the MDC will plow it later today.