An Alternative to Biking Bumpy Beacon Street
A member of the Somerville Bicycle Committee has come up with direct routes between Porter and Inman squares that he says are safer.
As reported last week, a member of the Somerville Bicycle Committee has been thinking up routes other than Beacon Street that cyclists could take to travel between popular destinations.
Beacon Street, with its uneven pavement, isn't the safest route, the committee has said, though it's the most used one in the city.
Getting from Porter Square to Inman Square and back
For travel from Porter Square to Inman Square, Brian Postlewaite came up with a route parallel to Beacon Street, which has roads, he said, that are in better condition.
The route takes riders down Elm Street, Somerville Avenue, Dane Street and then through a series of neighborhood streets to the intersection of Beacon and Cambridge streets.
According to Google Maps, the trip is 1.6 miles and 9 minutes. The trip along Beacon Street, by comparision, is 1.4 miles and 8 minutes.
"The route is not much longer, though it includes more turns and more navigation." he said in an email. "Thus the benefit of having it signed."