Volunteers Perform A “Flash Trash Cleanup” in Malden


Bike to the Sea board members and volunteers cleaned up the Malden section of the Northern Strand Community Trail on Saturday, April 18.  The cleanup was organized quickly last week to make it easier to pick up trash before the brush grows back in.

Earlier in the day, Bike to the Sea members helped with a neighborhood cleanup in Lynn.

Volunteers Needed For Cleanup in Revere

More volunteers are needed this Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to noon to clean up the Revere portion of the trail. Those interested in helping out can park in Linden Square over the city line in Malden, near the intersection of Wesley and Lynn streets. From there, they should follow signs along the newly paved trail east toward Revere and Route 1.

The cleanup will include picking up debris along the trail and painting over graffiti on the underside of the Route 1 bridge. Participants should wear long pants, boots and gloves. Bike to the Sea, Inc, will provide tools and snacks. Children 16, and younger, must be accompanied by an adult.

For  more information, read this previous post.

Volunteers Needed To Clean Up Trail in Revere on April 25

A bike on the trail with marsh in the background.

Work is being done to extend the trail through Revere. (Photo by Mark Micheli)

Volunteers are needed to help clean up the Revere portion of the Northern Strand Community Trail on Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

A view of the Rumney Marsh in Revere.

The trail in Revere features scenic vistas of the Rumney Marsh. (Photo by Mark Micheli)

Those interested in participating in the cleanup, which is organized by Bike to the Sea, Inc. in Partnership with the City of Revere, can park in Linden Square over the city line in Malden, near the intersection of Wesley and Lynn streets. From there, they should follow signs along the newly paved trail east toward Revere and Route 1.

The cleanup will include picking up debris along the trail and painting over graffiti on the underside of the Route 1 bridge. Participants should wear long pants, boots and gloves. Bike to the Sea, Inc, will provide tools and snacks. Children 16, and younger, must be accompanied by an adult.

Graffiti under the Route 1 bridge.

The cleanup will include painting over the graffiti beneath the Route 1 bridge. (Photo by Mark Micheli)

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.

The trail in Everett, Malden and Saugus has been built. 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.  Bike to the Sea, Inc. is working with the City of Revere, using funds from the Dept. of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), to hire contractors to build a gravel trail. It is expected to be open to the public for bike riding, walking and other healthy activities in the fall of 2015.

Last year, the City of Malden extended its completed paved trail across Linden Square to the Revere line.  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.

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

Spring Rides Scheduled, Better Late Than Never

Now that old man winter finally packed it in, the April Fools Ride is scheduled for Sunday, April 12.

This urban-themed ride will feature three snow-free paved trails, the Malden and Everett stretches of the Northern Strand Community Trail, the Wellington Greenway in Medford and the Alewife Brook Greenway Trail in Arlington.

The ride begins at 10 a.m. at the rear parking lot of the Dockside Pub on Centre Street in Malden and continues south along the Northern Strand Community Trail.

The ride continues along Mystic River Reservation paths through Medford Square en route to the Alewife Brook Greenway. From there,  participants will travel along the Alewife Linear Park/Somerville Community Path onto local streets, eventually making their way back along the Malden River through River’s Edge Park. This ride features 15 miles of flat, easy riding. Plan on two hours. Steady rain cancels the event. For more info, contact Pete Sutton at beausutt@hotmail.com .

Two other rides are scheduled as follows:

Mystic River Ride, Sunday, May 17, 11:15 a.m. Blessing of the Boathouse, Shore Drive, Somerville. This is a 9-mile tour of the Mystic River Trails. For more information and to register, click here.

Annual Bike to the Sea Ride, Sunday, June 7, 8:30 a.m. The ride from Everett, through Malden, Saugus, Revere and Lynn to Nahant Beach is designed to bring attention and support to efforts to complete the trail.  For more information and to register, click here.

 

Did It Snow? Path Is Clear To The Ground In Malden

A bike path cleared of snow.

Snow? Did it snow this winter? (Photo by Mark Micheli)

The Northern Strand Trail, heading east in Malden, was free of snow on March 12. That’s amazing, considering the record snowfalls that hit the area this winter. The snow along side of the bike path, is also much cleaner than the black and gray snowbanks that line city streets.

 

Video Looks At Regulations And Building A Bike Path

Bike to the Sea with Clay Larsen from Allison Lund on Vimeo.

Clay Larsen of Bike to the Sea talks about some of the behind the scenes work that goes into building a bike path. This video was created a few years ago by Allison Lund as part of a project called “Love Our Gov.” which looked at the role of government in our lives.