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Two years of bottlenecks on the Tobin about to begin

WHDH reports on the Tobin repair work scheduled to begin on Monday.

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Might be a good time to consider riding a bike.

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Right after a bike way exists from Chelsea to Boston. One that doesn't involve getting on the 111 or the blue line or taking Route 16 :-)

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Beacham Street to Broadway in Everett, which turns in to Alford, Rutherford, then North Washington Street to get to downtown Boston (writes a guy who has never been on Beacham Street.)

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Beacham was a street once. But a street suggests long stretches of flat asphalt sometimes painted with lane demarcations...and Beacham is currently none of those things.

If you want to know why all of your produce is bruised before it gets to the supermarket...Beacham is why.

Beacham would be better off it if was actually a gravel road...and not just in the transitional process of becoming a gravel road.

Also, Alford is still currently a biking disaster while the casino area is still being built out. The drawbridges on Malden Bridge are grated and even though there's a bike lane, I still tense up next to the cars picking up speed to hit the divided highway portion of 99.

Rutherford is more of an exit ramp than a road. You'd be better off going around the rotary to Main St in Charlestown.

And the North Washington St bridge is probably the scariest bridge to bike on short of the Zakim. I'm sure when the bridge is completely redone it'll be great biking based on the pictures...in 2023. They say the temp bridge they're just starting to build will have bike lanes...but I won't hold my breath for those to be any less scary.

To be honest, I'd probably rather spend the extra couple of minutes to go around and fight the dump trucks on 28 and come in across the dam instead.

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I dig about bikes here but I want one

But your reason above is why I probably won't get one. Too much issue to get into the city to use the bike path system

Go ahead and say it.. I'm a wuss

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I hear you. I've biked from Brighton to East Boston. But I did it by going up through Cambridge and Somerville. Once I was in East Boston, the biking was better again. Chelsea was definitely the worst section. But if I lived there, I'd probably explore the options that biking would give me to go north and east rather than worry about getting into Boston for now.

Also, I would bike to the casino...hell, even from Brighton I'm probably going to bike to the casino, damn the bridge grates.

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The North Washington bridge sidewalks were closed, but DCR did not add capacity to the walkover at the dam. So its a clusterfrack, to say the least.

I have started doing two things: deadheading in with the bike on the express bus and riding home; biking to the commuter rail and getting my riding in after work. The second method is highly efficient and rather satisfying. I can get to my desk from home in 45 minutes or less and this is consistent. I can even take my road bike to the train and be ready for the long ride on arrival. The first is good if I want to force myself into a longer ride or divert to the fermentation district.

I picked a living space where I would have a lot of options - but I'm kind of burning out on biking to work and back in the same day now that i'm turning into an old fart and things are being messed up on the regular.

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Not if you have a fear of heights!

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For many years now, every time I make it safely across that bridge, I say a little prayer of thanks that I didn’t end up in the harbor.

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