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BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN
Aerial view of the Alewife Station
area, showing locations on trails.
Also see larger version of photo in which lettering is readable.
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The Fitchburg Cutoff path from the west and Alewife Brook Parkway from the south lead to Alewife station. Access from Arlington, to the north, was originally via a narrow sidewalk and crosswalk which violate many rules of good design. With the construction of the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway in the early 1990s, the sidewalk and crosswalk were additionally used by substantial numbers of bicyclists. In the mid-1990s, an extension of the Minuteman bikeway was constructed, paralleling the sidewalk from South Arlington toward the station. Pedestrians also use the bikeway extension, which has some disturbing design elements. The crosswalk was not improved.
In the summer of 2001, a temporary plywood tunnel was constructed to protect bicyclists and pedestrians from falling debris during reconstruction of the bridge which carries Route 2 over the bikeway. This tunnel makes it easier for criminals to ambush bikeway users, and a number of crimes have occurred at this location.
It is hoped that the discussion here will avoid similar problems in future projects, and point the way to correction of the problems in the Alewife Station area.