The full length of the Fitchburg Cutoff Bike Path opened this fall, connecting Belmont to Alewife station, and has already become a vital link to the regional transit network for many who live or work west of Alewife.
Unfortunately, this fact has been lost on the DCR, which is doing an unacceptably poor job clearing snow on this route this winter. The path has routinely been impassible to bikes, and sometimes even pedestrians, for many days or longer after storms. The DCR has only been clearing snow in a narrow 2~3 foot wide path and doing so incompletely, leaving several inches of snow and ice on the trail. As of this Saturday morning (2/8/14) large parts of the trail remain impassible to bikes, even with studded ice tires, with several inches of ice and snow remaining from the Wednesday storm three days ago. This has been the pattern throughout the winter.
DCR’s lack of effective snow removal on the Fitchburg Cutoff removes this vital link in the transportation network. The result is more crowding of other routes and more vehicle traffic at alewife as commuters who would otherwise walk or bike are forced to use other modes.
At the Belmont end of the path, DCR does not even attempt to clear the sidewalk at the path right-of-way along Brighton Street. This forces pedestrians into the street or through deep snow to simply walk down the street at the path termination. This needs to be corrected as well.
Please encourage the DCR to improve their snow maintenance on this critical route. Improvement here would not be hard to do and would greatly benefit many constituents. Thanks!