At first glance, John's photo of a cab stuck in the snow in East Boston this morning seems to paint a pretty awful picture of the sad state of snow plowing in East Boston.
Until you realize that the cab is not stuck on an actual road, but on the East Boston Greenway, which is a walking and bicycling path on what used to be the right of way for a train line.
Jesus, some New Yorker is a real moron.
I don't know the neighborhood, but if the street looks the same as the greenway, how's he supposed to tell? Don't bike paths usually have pylons or something to prevent this very occurrence?
If you aren't sure something is a street or not don't turn on to it. Simple as that.
Also its easy to tell what is a street and what is a sidewalk or bike path: the streets are actually clear of snow because we made the stupid decision to be a car culture even in the middle of a crowded city.
Also its easy to tell what is a street and what is a sidewalk or bike path: the streets are actually clear of snow
Good one. I thought you were serious there for a minute.
It kind of is.
I walk past that area each day on the way to work, and while the sidewalks are iffy, the streets are fine. You have to be an absolute moron to end up on the Greenway during daylight. Like they really, really went out of their way to end up there. Even the worst of the cleaned-up streets in the area don't have a foot of snow on them. Nor are they in an old train bed with fences around it, but I digress.
I think that's by the Gumball Factory, and I think they'd have to enter way down on Marginal Street, which is kind of obviously not an entrance. They need to keep that small amount of clearance for when they have park service, Massport, BDP, etc., occasionally drive down the path. I've never heard of a passenger vehicle accidentally make its way down there when the lack of snow makes it less obvious.
but then more snow fell on it. It obviously has a lot less snow than the grass on either side of it.
Somerville has done a good job plowing its part of the Community Path, just as if it were a street.
where they intersect streets. However, the CIty has been removing them over time because some people have arbitrarily decided they are bad because they force cyclists to actually stop and dismount cause more issues for path users than the benefits they provide.
They removed them because they make it difficult for patrol vehicles, strollers, tricycles, garbage trucks, emergency vehicles, maintenance vehicles and bike trailers to access the paths.
But do persist in your paranoid fantasies. They are amusing.
Bollards also prevent the small plows from getting on paths, so they're usually removed in the winter anyway.
Requiring cyclists to dismount at every intersection on a busy urban path would be a terrible policy. It takes much longer than just carefully biking through at walking speed, so in addition to being a huge nuisance to cyclists (and to pedestrians who have to walk around dismounting cyclists), it would cause unnecessary delays to drivers waiting to cross.
BTW thanks for correcting yourself. That's a level of class you don't often see on the internet.
Subaru cabs > Camry cabs
There's only one possible way this car entered that path in that direction, and it's pretty obvious that it's a park. I'm actually more surprised the entrance was cleared wide enough for a car to even get in.
Cabbie: Excuse me sir, How do you get to the tunnel from here?
Guido: How you doin, ah , you bang a right first, then left on bremen street greenway keep going straight until you see a factory.
Cabbie: Thank you very much sir.
Guido: You welcome, you Moron.
Also, when's the last time you were in East Boston, 1975?
You would have scored higher, but not enough references to Dunkies.
I was gonna say.. its pretty hard to get ON to that path from street level because that path is a rail trail and has underpasses it uses. You can only get on from street level one or two places in Eastie, the rest are connecting paths (small ones)
Street View of the entrance the cab must have used: http://goo.gl/maps/5EByc
TIL there is an old Conrail caboose sitting in East Boston.
I love the views along the greenway. You get to see the caboose, bike through Bremen St park, watch the always-busy soccer fields, and see cool art installations near Airport station. And soon, you'll be able to bike all the way to Constitution Beach!
I'd spend a lot more time there if only there were a good way to get to East Boston by bike...
and still stand by the fact that I'm surprised it was clear enough for a car to fit in.
I guess this way is technically possible too, but even more unlikely, and you'd have to be an even bigger idiot.
I've noticed in the last couple of days , I've seen a handful of cabs from logan airport driving down Bennington street from Day Square navigating towards Sumner Tunnel, obviously these cabs are once again using East Boston's surface streets, it's the 1970's all over again.
That's unpossible: Taxi drivers in Boston are PROFESSIONALS who are REGULATED by the city.
It's the only "street" in Boston with no traffic.
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