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Old 09-25-2008, 12:26 PM
 
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I live near JFK/UMass and I attend BU (yeah, I know, but there was seriously nothing close in my price range when I needed a place). I'd love to be able to avoid the Green Line on nice days, so I was wondering if there's a route I can bike. I'm female, would only be biking during daylight hours and would like to avoid being stabbed or run over. Mass Ave is out for at least one of those reasons. Is there a way I can do it, or is this a pipedream?
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Old 09-26-2008, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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I would not recommend biking to BU from Dorchester. Besides the safety concerns, it will be tough to be on the road during winter and the snow days. Going cross town on a bike is doable but not recommended.

Not to second guess your decision but I see some pretty inexpensive apartments (shared) in Allston-Brighton and Cambridge that would be so much closer to BU. Of course I am assuming that you don't have any special needs/preferences.
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Old 09-26-2008, 01:48 PM
 
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I would not recommend biking to BU from Dorchester. Besides the safety concerns, it will be tough to be on the road during winter and the snow days. Going cross town on a bike is doable but not recommended.
With all due respect, I strongly disagree. If a bike isn't intended for cross town commutes, what is it for? Wheelies out front of the house?

I ride everywhere. Work everyday. Beers over in Allston or Cambridge. Fenway. I ride to my folks house in Saugus once every couple weeks. I've even gone as far as Devereux Beach in Marblehead a few times.

Ride your bike. It's what it's for.
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Old 09-26-2008, 02:13 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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With all due respect, I strongly disagree. If a bike isn't intended for cross town commutes, what is it for? Wheelies out front of the house?

I ride everywhere. Work everyday. Beers over in Allston or Cambridge. Fenway. I ride to my folks house in Saugus once every couple weeks. I've even gone as far as Devereux Beach in Marblehead a few times.

Ride your bike. It's what it's for.
Let me elaborate what I meant: Cross town commutes with regard to safety. In the winter, we less day light hours and fastest bike route from JFK to BU involves going through some not so safe areas (Roxbury). Since she is concerned about the safety and I brought up the winter weather to give the full picture. Riding during Boston winters can be done, but its not the best way to travel.

Not hating on the bikers, I am one myself
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Old 09-27-2008, 09:09 AM
 
Location: Cambridge, MA
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All of the "CT" (Crosstown) buses have front-mounted bike racks. The CT3 runs from Andrew Square to the Longwood Medical Area. So, you could two-wheel up Dot Ave...rack the bike at Andrew...ride the bus to Brookline Ave...then it's less than a mile to campus.

You might want to visit mbta.com to find out more about which routes feature buses with bike racks. Could be that "the 8," which goes from JFK/UMass right to Kenmore Square, has 'em too.
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Old 09-28-2008, 04:50 PM
 
Location: Newton, Mass.
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All of the "CT" (Crosstown) buses have front-mounted bike racks. The CT3 runs from Andrew Square to the Longwood Medical Area. So, you could two-wheel up Dot Ave...rack the bike at Andrew...ride the bus to Brookline Ave...then it's less than a mile to campus.

You might want to visit mbta.com to find out more about which routes feature buses with bike racks. Could be that "the 8," which goes from JFK/UMass right to Kenmore Square, has 'em too.
Don't think the 8 has bike racks, but it is an alternative to riding the bike.

I ride my bike all over the place in the summer but in the winter, I agree with those who said that snow, cold, ice, and a lot more darkness make it less hospitable (even if you don't feel the cold as much when you're pedaling)
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Old 09-29-2008, 11:43 AM
 
Location: Southie
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Not hating on the bikers, I am one myself
No worries. I didn't suspect there was any bicycle hate. Just don't want to discourage anyone either. Boston isn't exactly 'bicycle friendly', but it can be done.
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