The trail in Revere remains closed to the public until the City of Revere installs a grade crossing at the Salem Street intersection and signs. Watch this website for more information about the ribbon-cutting expected within the next month.
The Revere section of the Northern Strand Community Trail was covered with a compacted, soil, recycled asphalt material this week.
The trail there remains a construction site pending the City of Revere’s installation of a crossing at Salem Street. Bike to the Sea, Inc. worked with the City of Revere, using funds from the Dept. of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), to hire contractors to build the trail.
When it’s complete, the Revere segment of the trail will connect four miles of paved trail in Malden and Everett with 2.5 miles of trail in Saugus. Although the compacted, soil, recycled asphalt covering is not as solid as the asphalt paving done in Everett in Malden, it is more compact and provides a smoother ride than the compacted crushed stone surface on the Saugus portion of the trail.
The Revere portion of the trail runs along the Rumney Marsh and offers scenic vistas of the natural landscape.
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.
Once the Revere section is complete, 7.5 miles of trail will run from Everett, through Malden, Revere, and Saugus to the border of Lynn. Lynn officials are still considering whether the city will build its segment of the trail and Bike to the Sea, Inc. is working with Lynn grassroots groups in hopes of making that happen.
Second-grade students in Patricia Micheli’s class at the Beebe School in Malden helped spread the word about the Northern Strand Community Trail (also known as the Bike to the Sea Trail) as part of a class project.
The students, who’s families emigrated from many different countries, wrote persuasive letters in English promoting the car-free path and then had their parents translate the letters into their native languages. In all, the students distributed 349 letters to family and friends in six different languages: English, Chinese, Pungabi, Portuguese, Spanish, and Arabic.
When completed, the Northern Strand Trail will be a motor-vehicle-free trail running about 10 miles from Everett, through Malden, Revere, Saugus and Lynn, to Nahant Beach. Portions of the trail in Everett, Malden 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.
Work on the Revere section is under way and is expected to be complete by the end of the summer of 2015. When that happens, some 7.5 miles of trail will be complete from Everett (not too far from the Best Buy on Route 16) to the Lynn city line. Bike to the Sea officials continue to talk to officials in Lynn who have not yet approved plans for the trail there.
Photos from the 23rd annual Bike to the Sea Day Ride held on Sunday, June 7, 2015.
Registration is now open for the annual Bike to the Sea Day Ride. The ride on Sunday, June 7 promotes awareness of the Northern Strand trail and the 23-year effort to get it built.
Those interested in participating can register online at active.com or by using this registration form and following the directions.. Registration cost $25 per person, or just $35 for a family of four. Those who register on the day of the event will pay $30 for an individual and $40 for a family of four. Registration on the day of the event starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Madeline English School, 105 Woodville St., in Everett, Mass. The ride begins there at 9 a.m.
When completed, the Northern Strand Trail will be a motor vehicle-free trail running about 10 miles from Everett, through Malden, Revere, Saugus and Lynn, to Nahant Beach. Portions of the trail in Everett, Malden 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. Work on the Revere section is under way and it is expected to be complete by the end of the summer of 2015.
Bike to the Sea officials continue to talk to officials in Lynn who have not yet approved plans for the trail there.
The annual ride uses portions of the trail that are open but still has to traverse through city traffic where it is not. Police from Everett, Malden, and Lynn escort bicyclists along the route, stopping traffic when necessary at busy intersections.