One of the real problems with the Minuteman, either as a thru-way for travel, or a pleasant corridor for family recreation is that it cuts out at the complicated intersection at Mass Ave and Route 60. Users who are separated from traffic along both ends of the route, are dropped into this nasty intersection without any guidance or signage- except the frequently ignored signs not to ride on the sidewalk. Going westbound, first you have to make an unprotected left across a 4 lane road. And then you have no way of turning right on 60, and making a legal left onto the path, because of a high median with no turn pocket- you HAVE to either ride or walk on the stretch of sidewalk from the intersection to the path.
The crossing is a bit better going East, but still forces more timid riders either to mix it up with the right turning traffic and then take the lane on Mass Ave, or walk/ ride on the sidewalk.
The town of Arlington is looking at a number of options for improving this connection for bicyclists and pedestrians, some of which are quite progressive. As you may have heard, there are a number of Anti-bike loudmouths in Arlington, who will almost certainly be there, and be fighting tooth and nail about possibilities that include removing the median to make space for bike lanes, or even (gasp) removing a couple of parking spots!!!
Information on the options can be found here, and I strongly recommend coming out to support this potentially great project if you use the Minuteman- January 10th, 7PM at Town Hall.