Registration Open For June 7 Bike to the Sea Day Ride

Cyclists pose before the 2014 Bike to the Sea ride.

About 120 people participated in last year’s Bike to the Sea Day Ride, making it one of the largest groups in the event’s 22-year history.

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.

 

 

 

Trail Cleaned Up In Revere


Some highlights of the Northern Strand Trail clean up in Revere on Saturday, April 25, 2015.

Malden Mayor Gary Christenson holds up some trash he picked up.

Malden Mayor Gary Christenson was at the clean-up in Revere.

Volunteers from Revere Shines ride in a golf cart at the cleanup.

“Revere Shines” volunteers helped at the clean-up.

Volunteers Sought For Clean-up Day and Bike to the Sea Ride

Bike to the Sea is seeking volunteers for the following activities:

  • Saturday May 2 – 9 to 12: Saugus Trail work and clean-up day. Meet at the Saugus River Bridge along the trail in Saugus.. Vehicle access off of Boston Street (by O’Brien’s).
  • Sunday June 7: 23rd Annual Bike to the Sea Day Ride – Registration volunteers and ride marshals to escort riders along the route. Attend the next Bike to the Sea board meeting on Wednesday May 6 at 7  p.m. at 83 Jacob Street in Malden or call 781-397-6893 for more information.

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 .