Sunny Skies Greet Annual Bike to the Sea Day Riders

Stephen Winslow poses with two granddaughters on the beach.

Bike to the Sea Co-founder Stephen Winslow takes a break with his granddaughters, Hannah and Teagan, after riding about 10 miles to Nahant Beach.

Sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s prevailed yesterday during the annual Bike to the Sea Day ride from Everett to Nahant.

This was the first year that most of the 10-mile ride to Nahant was held on the newly-built, off-road path, called the Northern Strand Trail. The trail is complete from Everett, through Malden, Revere and Saugus but stops at the Lynn line. From there, bicyclists were given a police escort on roadways, courtesy of the Lynn police, to finish the ride to Nahant Beach.

Malden Mayor Gary Christenson (center, wearing dark suit) told the group before the ride that the construction of the bike path through Malden is the most important development to occur during his administration.

Malden Mayor Gary Christenson (center, wearing dark suit) told the group before the ride that the construction of the bike path through Malden is the most important development to occur during his administration.

The ride started at about 9:15 a.m. at the  Madeline English School, 105 Woodville Street in Everett, Mass., arriving at Nahant Beach at about 11 a.m. It ended with a free pizza lunch at the Dockside Restaurant on Centre Street, in Malden at about 12:30 p.m.

Malden resident holds up three fingers by the beach.

Malden resident Paul Sullivan signals that this is the third year he made the annual bike trip.

Riders took a short break near the Saugus River for water and bananas before continuing on to the beach, where they rested for about 20 minutes more before riding back. Some took advantage of the warm weather to take a quick dip in the ocean.

Three people walk out of the water at Nahant Beach.

A few riders took a dip in the ocean at Nahant Beach.

A mother on a bike with a trailer for her young son.

A mother and son from West Medford enjoyed the annual ride.

The 20-mile annual ride from Everett, through Malden, Revere, Saugus and Lynn to Nahant Beach is designed to bring attention and support to efforts to complete the Northern Strand Trail which began in 1993.

Portions of the trail in Everett, Malden, Revere, and Saugus were opened over the past three years and bicyclists, walkers, joggers, roller skaters, dog walkers, cross-country skiers and others have been enjoying it.

Bike to the Sea officials continue to talk to officials in Lynn who have not yet approved plans for the trail there.

Bicycle riders pose for a photo near the beach.

Some of the riders posed for a photo at the beach before heading back to Malden.

(All photos by Mark Micheli)

 

Shorter Bike to the Sea Day Ride To Be Held Completely Off-Road

A family riding in last year's Bike to the Sea Day ride.

The annual Bike to the Sea Day Ride is a family event. This family rode last year and posed for a photo in Saugus.

This year’s Bike to the Sea Day Family Ride will be held completely off-road, on the newly built Northern Strand Community Trail.

The 13-mile ride from Everett to the Saugus River Bridge is ideal for children over the age of 8 and novice bike riders. Those under 16-years-old must be accompanied by an adult. Although the Northern Strand Community Trail is an off-road path, it does cross many roadways.

The longer, 20-mile Bike to the Sea Day Ride will be held off-road, on the Northern Strand Community Trail, from Everett to the Lynn line where bicyclists will continue to Nahant Beach on Lynn roadways.  Police escorts are usually given to assist bicyclists at major intersections and there is a support vehicle following along to help anyone who needs it.

Ride Scheduled for June 12, 8:30 a.m.

Both rides begin at the Madeline English School, 105 Woodville Street in Everett MA on Sunday, June 12, 2016. Cyclists should arrive at 8:30 to register and sign a waiver. The full 20-mile trip, from Everett to Nahant Beach and back to the Dockside Restaurant on Centre Street in Malden (for a pizza lunch) usually takes a little over three hours.

Register Online

Registration is now open and participants can register online at Active.com. Individual adult registrations cost $25. Family registrations (for two adults and two children) cost $35. Those registering early will get a T-shirt.

The annual ride from Everett, through Malden, Saugus, Revere and Lynn to Nahant Beach is designed to bring attention and support to efforts to complete the Northern Strand Trail which began in 1993.

Lynn Section of Trail Still Needs Work

When completed, the trail will run about 10 miles from Everett, through Malden, Revere, Saugus and Lynn, to Nahant Beach. Portions of the trail in Everett, Malden, Revere, and Saugus were opened over the past three years and bicyclists, walkers, joggers, roller skaters, dog walkers, cross-country skiers and others have been enjoying it.

Bike to the Sea officials continue to talk to officials in Lynn who have not yet approved plans for the trail there.

Bike to the Sea Day Registration Flyer

Volunteers Needed To Clean Up Trail In Everett, Malden, Revere

Malden Mayor Gary Christenson picked up trash along the trail last year.

Every day is clean up day for Malden Mayor Gary Christenson. Christenson, who routinely picks up litter in his travels through Malden, helped pick up trash along the trail at last year’s cleanup event near the Revere line. (Mark Micheli Photo)

Bike to the Sea, Inc. is holding a week of spring cleaning on the Northern Strand Trail.

Revere volunteers in a golf cart at last year's clean up event in Revere.

The group, “Revere Shines,” helped with the cleanup last year in Revere, just a few weeks before the trail officially opened there. (Mark Micheli Photo)

Volunteers are needed to clean up the trail on Saturday, April 23 in Everett and Malden, and on Saturday, April 30 in Revere. Both events would make great Earth Day activities for individuals or groups.

Those willing to pitch in on the Malden and Everett cleanups will meet at the kiosk across the street from the Cambridge Health Alliance,195 Canal Street in Malden at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 23. The cleanup will continue along the trail there until 1 p.m. Those willing to pitch in on the Revere cleanup will meet at the corner of Salem Street and North Marshall Street in Revere at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 30. The cleanup will continue along the trail there until 1:30 p.m. Families and children are encouraged to participate.

What to Wear, Bring

The Everett mayor and Malden mayor pose for a photo to promote the cleanup.

Everett Mayor Carlo DeMaria (left) and Malden Mayor Gary Christenson met recently to promote the trail cleanup day.

Volunteers will be picking up trash, cutting brush, sweeping, and painting. Volunteers should wear work boots and gloves. Trash bags will be provided. Some tools will be available but participants can bring their own. Groundwork Somerville is helping with the cleanups.

For more information contact Clay Larsen at clay@biketothesea.org

Since 1993 Bike to the Sea has been working to create the Northern Strand Trail: a trail free of cars from the Malden/Everett area of Massachusetts to the beaches in Revere, Lynn and Nahant. Some 7.5 miles of trail from Everett, through Malden, Revere, and Saugus, are now open.

(Take a look at last year’s cleanup effort along the Revere portion of the trail.)

April Fools Ride Rescheduled for Sunday, April 10

In true April Fools Day fashion, the annual April Fools Ride is rescheduled for Sunday, April 10. Snow this past weekend caused the ride to be rescheduled.

The bike ride is now scheduled to start at 10 a.m. at the Everett kiosk on the Northern Strand Community Trail (where the trail begins near Wellington Ave. and West Street) and will include a tour of the East Boston Greenway.

More Bike Rides Planned

Other bike rides planned this year include:

Mystic/Malden River Trails: Sunday, May 15 at 11:15 a.m., starting at the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse in Somerville, Mass.

Bike to the Sea Day Ride: The 24th annual ride from Everett, through Malden, Revere, and Saugus, to Nahant Beach starts at 9 a.m. at the Madeline English School, 105 Woodville Street in Everett MA.  Arrive at 8:30 a.m. to register and sign a waiver. You can register online at Active.com. Volunteers are needed.

Bike Your Park Day Ride: Saturday, Sept. 24. Charlestown to Salem. Volunteers needed.

The Fall Colors Ride will be held sometime in October and other rides will be announced for July and August.

 

‘Bike Travel’ Film Festival in Newburyport, June 2

Tickets are now available for the 7th annual Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival at the Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport, Mass.

The Festival is designed to increase awareness and appreciation for bicycle travel by showcasing independent films that depict the adventure, humor, and growth inherent in two-wheeled journeys. The Ciclismo Classico Bike Travel Film Festival is billed as “the ONLY film festival in the USA that focuses specifically on bicycle travel”.

Tickets for the festival, which is scheduled for Thursday, June 2 at 7 p.m., cost $15, plus an additional $1 per ticket fee, and can be purchased in advance, online at this website. Check out the Firehouse Center for the Arts website for more information. And for more film festival locations, please visit the Ciclismo Classico site.