Doug Mink’s Boston Harbor Ride 2010

I have posted my photos of Doug Mink’s Boston Harbor ride. Doug has posted many more photos, from this ride and from rides in previous years.

I had been hoping to take Doug’s ride for years but usually was on vacation when it happened. I wasn’t disappointed this year when I finally had the opportunity. Some observations:

In contrast to the old and sometimes rather shabby appearance of many parts of Boston, there is much that is new and impressive north of the Mystic River. Massport money and mitigation money from the Big Dig have funded some impressive new parks and paths — see Doug’s photos for examples. Local advocates have worked to shape these gains. Similarly, the mandate to build a new sewage treatment plant has resulted in a stunning structure at Deer Island, with an occasional whiff of sewer gas and a view of a very large wind generator too. It is possible to ride all the way around Deer Island on a path, with some superb scenic outlooks over the harbor as well.

On the East Boston waterfront, there is a park with some impressive outdoor sculptures, which you can see Doug’s and my photos.

Constitution Beach in Revere is a very nice swimming and picnicking beach, with very convenient access from the Blue Line.

All these things create a sense of place and a dynamism which remind me of the Chicago waterfront, which I also had the good fortune to visit this summer.

On the other hand, there are issues with design of bicycle facilities, and I also have documented some of these in my photos. Suffice it to say here that Massport and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority make some mistakes that compromise bicyclists’ safety — which might be expected, as bicycling is only tangential to their missions — but so does the City of Boston, in designing its streets.

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2 Responses to Doug Mink’s Boston Harbor Ride 2010

  1. mtalinm says:

    Great summary and pics, thanks! Sorry I missed this but I was busy breaking a spoke and hitchhiking home from Wrentham 🙂

    Did you guys really take the Rutherford Ave (Rte. 99) bridge there and back? That thing is a nightmare. Seems like the Fellsway bridge would be better (if a bit longer) unless Revere beach Pkwy is bad too.

    The whole thing looks tricky enough that I’ve thought of taking the Blue Line to Maverick and just pedaling from there! Definitely need to get out to Deer Island though, looks lovely…

  2. jsallen says:

    Yes, we used the Route 99 bridge. Traffic wasn’t heavy, on a Saturday. Doug’s route map shows how we went around the east side of Charlestown, avoiding Rutherford Avenue on the way out. The Sullivan Square rotary on the way back requires vehicular cycling technique, but again, traffic was light.

    You could take the Blue Line to Orient Heights for a shorter ride to Deer Island. The Orient Heights station is also convenient to Constitution Beach.

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