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.

Bike to the Sea 2014 Year In Review

Bicyclists pose for a photo before the start of the Bike to the Sea Day Ride.

The annual Bike to the Sea ride in June raises awareness of the trail in all five communities.


More great advances, happenings, and events continue for Bike to the Sea and the Northern Strand Community Trail. 2014 will be remembered for the year trail construction began in Revere, with this small, yet vital one mile segment providing a critical link between Malden and Saugus upon completion.

Other memorable events this year included Bike to the Sea Day in June, with over 110 riders of all ages taking part; as well as B2C Board members participating in a high-profile ride sponsored by the East Coast Greenway Alliance, highlighting the completed segments the NSCT.

In addition, October saw the trail extended through Linden Square in Malden, complete with much-needed safety upgrades crossing busy Lynn Street.

Highlights by town included:


The paved trail established itself as a catalyst for smart-growth development, with a large-scale 200-unit residential development taking shape on Waters Avenue, providing direct access to the trail.  Future development of the Wynn Resort and Casino on the Mystic River will inevitably be tied in with the extension of the path as a traffic mitigation measure.  B2C also celebrated its annual meeting in style – hosted by trail supporters Night Shift Brewing at their brand-new facility abutting the NSCT on Santilli Highway.  Check it out!


People stand next to raised garden beds in Malden.

The Malden Community Garden had its first full growing season in 2014.

The city continues to do an exemplary job in its trail stewardship.  As mentioned previously, the trail extension and safety upgrades to Linden Square capped a year’s worth of improvements, including clean-ups and art installations.  The first full growing season of the Malden Community Garden took root on the trail between Faulkner and Bryant streets, with Groundwork Somerville awarding their annual Golden Trowel Award to the city for its efforts in creating a more green and sustainable city.  November saw the unveiling of the Three School mural along the trail behind Yankee Pest Control in Malden.  Great job, kids!


Scenic view of the Rumney Marsh in Revere.

The trail in Revere runs along the Rumney Marsh.

Work wrapped this fall by Caruso Construction removing some 3,000 railroad ties along the one-mile long segment of the Northern Strand Community Trail through North Revere.  B2C was also instrumental in assisting the City of Revere to remove the Salem Street rail crossing and prepare the sidewalks and street for the future trail crossing.   B2C also helped build a safety railing at the Old Rowe Quarry site, as well as installing barriers and signs to help keep ATVs and dirt bikes off the trail.  The completion of this work next spring will create a continuous 7.5 mile stretch of trail from Everett to Saugus!


The town’s 2.5-mile portion of the trail is now completely signed at all of its cross streets – making for easy way-finding – from the Revere line near Salem Street through pristine marshland adjacent to the Saugus River ending at Boston Street near the Lynn line.  Speaking of the river, additional thanks go to Zoo New England who helped with extensive cleanups near the Saugus River bridge, preserving and protecting sensitive wild life and native vegetation.  Nice one, folks!


While the City of Lynn has yet to approve plans for the trail, B2C continues to meet with local public officials and neighborhood advocates in laying the necessary groundwork for future developments.  Possible trail connections now include the new Lynn Ferry Terminal and the potential for a pedestrian footbridge over the Lynnway at Blossom Street. In addition, B2C has initiated discussions regarding the Sealink Power project that has the potential to complete the NSCT to Lynn and provide upgrades to the other communities.  Sealink is a utility project (headed up by New Hampshire Transmission) also interested in utilizing the former railroad right-of-way.

Beebe Second-Grade Students Promote Bike Path

Second grade students hold signs promoting bike path.

Carmen Deng (left) and Alice Chen hold signs promoting the benefits of the bike path outside their classroom at the Beebe School in Malden. (Photo by Patricia Micheli)

Students in Patricia Micheli’s second grade class at the Beebe School are working on a project to promote awareness of the Northern Strand trail through Malden.

Part of the project included marching in the city’s holiday parade last month where the students wore signs promoting the path.

The class also plans to write flyers promoting the path in several different languages which will be sent home with students. This exercise is part of the class’s persuasive letter writing assignment.

Mural of bike path created by second grade class.

The class also incorporated the bike path into a social studies assignment by creating a community on the wall outside the classroom. (Photo by Patricia Micheli)


Revere Section of Trail Expected To Open in Spring 2015

Two men pose in front of a newly built safety railing at the Old Rowe Quarry site.

Clay Larsen (left) and Brian Webber (right), along with Steve Winslow, helped build a safety railing at the Old Rowe Quarry site. Bike to the Sea held a volunteer work day in Revere on Friday, Dec. 12. The group is also installing barriers and signs to help keep ATVs and dirt bikes off the trail.

The missing link in the Northern Strand Trail is expected to open next spring.

The Revere segment of the trail, which will connect four miles of paved trail in Malden and Everett with 2.5 miles of trail in Saugus, is under construction. Once that is complete, all that will remain in Bike to the Sea’s goal of creating a trail to the beaches in Revere, Lynn and Nahant will be extending the trail from Saugus through Lynn. The city of Lynn has not yet approved those plans.

A newly paved stretch of trail in Revere.

The city of Malden built the trail across Linden Square connecting Malden and Everett to the Revere segment of trail.(Photo by Clay Larsen)

The city of Malden recently helped connect the end of the Malden portion of the trail to the beginning of the Revere section by creating a paved path through Linden Square.

The one-mile stretch of trail in Revere runs along the edge of the Rumney Marsh and features scenic vistas of the natural landscape. Heavy equipment is being used to build out the trail there which remains very muddy. Bike to the Sea recommends avoiding the area until it opens in the spring.

Sign announcing Revere portion of trail to open in spring 2015

A sign was recently installed at the beginning of the trail in Revere. (Photo by Clay Larsen)

Work to improve the trail at the intersection of Salem Street is being done by the city of Revere and Bike to the Sea. Funding from DCR Recreational Trails Grant B2C helped remove old train tracks and install new curbing there to make the area safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. Plans to add fencing and a map kiosk will help transform the intersection from an industrial site into a small greenway.

This year Iron Horse Preservation Society worked in Revere removing railroad ties from the old rail bed. The trail will be graded, then topped with a layer of recycled asphalt, followed by a smooth layer of stone dust. There are no immediate plans to pave this section or the section of the trail in Saugus.