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Getting around in Boston and near Boston

Posted by Rona Fischman May 18, 2012 01:51 PM

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Things are changing fast for residents near the city of Boston. It seems like parking has gotten harder and parking tickets are getting more numerous. More and more of my clients are going car-free or reducing to a single car per household. When I have a client moving to a more suburban setting the need for a car or for a second car is a major deterrent to the move.

Are you in Boston, Somerville, Cambridge or Brookline? If you are, do you still have a car? If you do, why?

Boston is the third most walkable major city in America. Here’s the whole list. I know the walk score remains pretty high in the surrounding small cities, too.

Boston also boasts of being the fourth most bikeable city according to Boston Magazine's on line BostonDaily.

Do you agree that Boston, and nearby, are both walkable and bikeable? What are your objections to these high national rankings? Does it make you feel sorry for the car-bound elsewhere?

If Boston is walkable and Boston is bikeable. Is the car going the way of the dinosaur?

The Green line extension will change Somerville from a city with 20 percent of the population within a half mile of the subways to about 85 percent. Will that change the landscape for Somerville, car-wise? What do people from Brookline have to say to those in Somerville waiting on the Green Line to come through?

This Monday, May 14th, Livable Streets did a test this week. They raced from Davis Square to Kendall Square, one car, one bicycle and the Red Line MBTA. The race started at 8:30 AM. Who won? The bicycle, by nine minutes over the MBTA Red Line rider. The driver was last, coming in three minutes after the subway rider.

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