In my opinion, making the paths along the Charles River in Boston rideable should come before creating a 120 mile trail from Lowell to Westfield (here's a map for everyone who, like me, needs to be reminded where Westfield is). I don't know where the Ware River Valley is, but I know that hundreds of people a day ride along the Charles and have to deal with paths that are too narrow, too bumpy where tree roots have grown under the asphalt, and just plain wrong for bikes (the wooden boardwalk under the B.U. Bridge).
Not that I was any big fan of the Romney Administration, but I do think he made a lot of sense when he talked about a "fix it first" policy for our roads, bridges, and other parts of our infrastructure. But this policy seems to be out of vogue with the current administration, especially because just last month the Globe wrote about the sad condition of the Charles River Bike Path.
So if there is the possibility of $82 million to make new bike paths in parts of the State where they will get much less use, let's also see the $20 million to fix what would be one of the most heavily used bike paths in all of Massachusetts.
"Because financing is tight, said Dan Driscoll, the Department of Conservation and Recreation's director of bikeways and green infrastructure, the department has been doing path upgrades on a piecemeal basis in the last several years. To "do everything that's in bad shape" along the entire path, and fix up riverside parklands, would cost $20 million."