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Any Bostonians aboard?(8 posts)

Any Bostonians aboard?Zenith
May 16, 2003 1:04 PM
Boston Metro riders specifically...

I am getting so sick of the Esplanade! I am on the verge of a serious case of "path rage". I live in Beacon Hill and usually take the 'splade to route 2 and then ride past the Watertown Yacht Club to Watertown Center.

Can anyone recommend alternate routes to get out of the city and onto bike friendly roads. I'd rather not mess with the car or T everyday after work.

Thanks,
Z
(trying to refrain from taking out the next rollerblader I meet in a long skirt, on a cell phone, in the wrong lane)
Escape the city....the Phantom
May 16, 2003 1:30 PM
Too may flaming 'limp wrists', snotty dog walkers and the worst collection of clueless on the Esplanade. It is a bike path remember. The Cambridge side of the river is somewhat better and has a great view on the evening return. Suggested other route out would be Beacon Street through 'obnoidville' out to Wellesley and beyond. Commonwealth Ave after Boston College has a nice carriage lane out of traffic up and down famous Heart Break Hill. The mansion neighborhood on the hillside above Washington Square Brookline has very cool twisty roads. Best is to drive out of the city, to the west only, park near the Wheelworks and continue on. The Emeralde necklace winding throught the fells has very quiet paths leading to Arbotetem, this is a gem in the city.
Escape the city....the Phantom
May 16, 2003 1:32 PM
Too may flaming 'limp wrists', snotty dog walkers and the worst collection of clueless on the Esplanade. It is a bike path remember. The Cambridge side of the river is somewhat better and has a great view on the evening return. Suggested other route out would be Beacon Street through 'obnoidville' out to Wellesley and beyond. Commonwealth Ave after Boston College has a nice carriage lane out of traffic up and down famous Heart Break Hill. The mansion neighborhood on the hillside above Washington Square Brookline has very cool twisty roads. Best is to drive out of the city, to the west only, park near the Wheelworks and continue on. The Emeralde Necklace winding throught the Fellsway has very quiet paths leading to Arbotetem, this is a gem in the city.
Head westmass_biker
May 16, 2003 5:11 PM
Take the Longfellow to Kendall Square and then up Main to Broadway (through Harvard Sq.) or Beacon (through Porter Sq.) out to points west and south.

Pick up an Eastern Mass Bike Routes map - it does a decent job detailing which roads do/do not work.

If you can handle traffic (Mass Ave etc.) then you have a wealth of options. Traffic gets a whole lot better once you get past Cambridge.

I have lived and ridden in metro Boston for nearly 15 years and believe the Esplanade is best for those long winter runs - forget biking on it.

MB
Agree with the Westboneman
May 17, 2003 8:06 AM
After finishing BU I stayed around Boston living in Watertown and married a girl from Concord. Continue out of Watertown Square, heading into and through Waltham towards Lincoln. After that, the Western suburbs are quite nice, especially if you're able to make it out to the Harvard area, as in the town. The 1976 Olympic development races were held on a ten mile loop around Harvard for those who remember. Roads around Concord an Carlise are nice. Further to the South, the Dover-Sherbourn area's also quite nice. The ride out to Mt. Wachusetts is also good if you're in decent shape. I probably couldn't make it these days but when I raced we used to go from Allston, out and back. Long before bike computers so who knows how far.
re: Any Bostonians aboard?samcat
May 17, 2003 3:49 AM
Suggest that you go to the CRW cue sheet site and pull down the "Saturday Morning Fitness Ride(s)" cue sheet. The rides are 19-55+ miles thru S. Natick, Dover, Medfield and Sherborn. Fabulous route...

To access the start, ride out on Comm Ave to Newton to Center street. Turn left on Center. Thru Newton Center, Newton Highlands...under Rt. 9 to end of road at Winchester St. Turn right and proceed past Wells Ave to park on right just after 128 overpass. Start is at ent. to park.

You'll love the ride...

Sam
I avoid the Esplanade like the plague.Major Kong
May 17, 2003 6:55 AM
Fortunately I live Allston and don't have to worry about the Esplanade.
I had a roommate who used to live on the Hill and he would take, as suggested by the Phantom, Beacon St. out. If you don't mind traffic I think is fine but be cautious between Coolidge Corner and Washington Square (it narrows a bit).
Andrew
re: Any Bostonians aboard?tigermilk
May 17, 2003 7:52 AM
I 2nd the recommendation on the CRW routes that start at Nanhottan (spelling?) Park. I was up in Boston full-time in the fall with my bike and still have an apartment at Beacon/Tappan. Would just head out on Beacon, turn left at the top of the hill at BC, cross over 9 and head down to the roundabout. From there take Brookline Ave I think until you hit a light, a quick right and left at the next light and the park is a mile or so down the road. Not much car traffic and a good warmup for the well-marked CRW routes. The little traveled 50 mile route was really nice.

There's also a nice in-city loop in Brookline. It's on the south side of 9 and goes around the Putterham golf course in Brookline. Grab a map of the area and you find the loop. The nice thing about that one is that the traffic is light, there are shoulders in some areas, and there's really only 2-3 corners you may have to slow down for. It's a great training loop IMO.