At Porter, take Somerville Ave to Oxford St.
I just walked that way a week ago or so...
I'm thinking getting to Fresh Pond then the river, but not sure how you would do Alewife to Fresh Pond. Could just connect back roads behind Porter...
Harvard Square is terrible though, no arguments there. I hate north to Porter too, where you have to push left across two fast lanes to get onto Mass Ave.
A possibly nice alternative from Porter is to take Beacon a good chunk of the way down and just avoid Harvard entirely.
I have so far avoided connecting the river to Fresh Pond because I don't see how to do it in a pleasant way.
Trouble is, all the roads basically go to Harvard Square. Take the lane. Good luck.
Beacon is slowly approving, but some days is a construction site!
For pushing left, how about using the special bike left turn for Church St to very safely get to the left side? Or are talking about somewhere else?
It's to go straight on really - onto Mass Ave. Bike lane forces you to the right of the lanes, then after the lights you have to move left across people wanting to turn right down Cambridge Street. It always feels pretty ropey.
Yeah, that's the spot I'm thinking of... there's a little cutout on the right hand side to set bikes up for a left turn to get over to Church St. It's just before the bike lane appears on the left side, so if you were willing to wait for the crossing signal then it would be a very calm transition.
Oh my word I did not know that existed. Definitely happy to wait for lights for something like that!
Yeah, I did not know about it either until very recently and had previously done stupid things to cross over to Church St!
Nice! Still not feeling brave enough to try to ride in from home, but there's at least another year of this craziness...we'll see...
I originally read the title of this thread as "hårvård" (hair care) but I suppose discussing the bike traffic in Boston could include some hairy decisions too.
I assume John Harvard, "founder" of the university, came from a long line of barbers.