Anyway got off at north station, answered a woman's question about bikes on commuter rail, informed her I used Amtrak but that reverse commutes during rush hour allowed bikes, and it is just a short period in the morning and evening that don't and that weekends are good.
I rode on the sidewalk for the longest distance I can remember since a child. I don't normally use the sidewalk, but when the alternative is to do battle with 5 lanes of traffic on what is effectively a high speed highway with traffic lights that connects North Station over into East Cambridge, I will choose the sidewalk every time even if there are sharrows on the road.
I was not the only one, although there were a number of brave soles on the road itself as well.
Ride to First and down the pre-painted bike lanes to Broadway and into the City Hall Annex of Cambridge (my current work)
Bike is living overnight in the bike room as I start my full move tomorrow.