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.

Registration Is Open For Annual Bike to the Sea Day Ride

Bicyclists line up on the trail in Everett on Bike to the Sea Day, 2015.

The weather was warm and sunny at the start of the Bike to the Sea Day Ride on the trail in Everett last year. (Photo by Mark Micheli)

Registration is now open for the annual Bike to the Sea Day Ride being held Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.

You can register online at Active.com. Individual adult registrations cost $25. Family registrations (for two adults and two children) cost $35. You can also register the day of the ride at the starting point, the Madeline English School, 105 Woodville Street in Everett MA. Arrive at 8:30 a.m. to register and sign a waiver.

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 Northern Strand Trail, which began 23 years ago in 1993.

It is designed for bicyclists ages 8 and older and participants can choose the shorter 14-mile course or the full 20-mile route. The routes includes both off-road and on-road riding. 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. The full 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.

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.

Bicyclists pose for a group photo along the way in 2015.

Bicyclists stop for a short break at the half-way point in Saugus last year. Click to see a larger photo. (Photo by Mark Micheli).

 

 

2015 Year in Review: Progress in Revere and Other Communities

This video shows workers paving the trail in Revere in July.

by Pete Sutton

Steady progress, increasing recognition, and several well-attended events marked yet another banner year for Bike to the Sea and the Northern Strand Community Trail.

2015 will be remembered for the year trail construction was completed in Revere, with this small, yet vital one mile segment providing the missing link to create 7½ miles of continuous off-road riding from Everett, through Malden, Revere, and Saugus, to the Lynn line.

Other memorable events this year included:

  • Bike to the Sea Day in June, with more than 120 riders of all ages taking part
  • B2C Board members participating in a high-profile ride sponsored by the LandLine Coalition, highlighting the potential connections of the Northern  Strand Community Trail with the future Wynn Resort and Casino.
  • The Baker-Polito Administration through the Department of Conservation and Recreation awarded Bike to the Sea a $49,362 Recreational Trails grant to make further improvements to the Revere segment of the trail. The Northern Strand Community Trail was one of only 30 projects statewide to receive such a grant.


Highlights By Town

Everett
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.

The City has engaged the MBTA and DCR to explore an extension of the path using land on and alongside the MBTA Saugus Branch under the Revere Beach Parkway and along the MBTA Newburyport Line to reach the Mystic River and DCR’s existing path network.

The paved trail also continues to act as a catalyst for smart-growth development, with a large-scale 200-unit residential development nearing completion on Waters Avenue, providing direct access to the trail. Finally, the Everett Community Health Partnership added 15 community garden plots on Tremont Street near the Prescott Street gate. Representative Steven Ultrino of Malden worked to secure funding for these community gardens along the Strand. Check them out come springtime.

Malden
The city continues to promote the trail as a major community asset. Complementing the existing MBTA Orange Line, the trail is now attracting new residents drawn to car-free connections to adjacent cities and destinations.

Safety upgrades to Linden Square have shown Malden’s commitment to its residents through the successful deployment of rectangular rapid flashing beacons, making the Beach Street crossing much less stressful.

The Malden Community Garden between Faulkner and Bryant streets remains a hotbed of activity during growing season, creating a more green and sustainable city. Last but not least, the Community Preservation Act was officially adopted on November 3rd, potentially providing additional funds to improve the Strand.

Revere
In August Revere Mayor Dan Rizzo, Ward 6 Councillor Charlie Patch, State Representative RoseLee Vicent and other local dignitaries joined Bike to the Sea supporters to officially open the Revere segment of the Northern Strand Community Trail.

The event also included the dedication of a bench in honor of Ginny and Bill Mullen of North Revere, long-term B2C members. The completion of the one mile North Revere section now completes a continuous trail leading from the Malden River waterfront in Everett along the Rumney Marsh in North Revere to the Saugus River Trestle Bridge near the Lynn line, where two years ago the DCR announced they would be dedicating over $100,000 to the construction of the North Revere segment.

This trail completion was truly a joint effort: Bike to the Sea led trail advocacy, community outreach, fundraising and trail building. City Departments including Community Development, Revere on the Move, DPW and the Conservation Commission coordinated closely with those efforts and took the lead in constructing the trail’s intersection at Salem Street.

Volunteers from Bike to the Sea, Overlook Ridge and the City helped prepare the trail and cover years of graffiti beneath the Route 1 overpass. DPW put the finishing touches on with striped crosswalks and signage. Special thanks: to Demaino’s Restaurant for hosting B2C’s annual meeting in November; and to trail abutter Tony Chianca for throwing a spectacular post ribbon-cutting party.

Saugus
The annual Fall Colors ride included the dedication of a bench near the Saugus River overlook to Jim Tozza, Bike to the Sea President and lifelong Saugus member.

In November, Tozza was honored at the State House for his dedication to building the Northern Strand Community Trail. Tozza received a proclamation from State Rep. RoseLee Vincent stating: “The Massachusetts House of Representatives offers its sincerest congratulations to Mr. James Tozza, in recognition of your commitment to the people of Saugus, Revere and beyond through your work with Bike to the Sea. The entire membership extends its very best wishes and expresses the hope for future good fortune and continued success in all endeavors.”

Lynn
Bike to the Sea continues to meet with local public officials and neighborhood advocates in laying the necessary groundwork for future developments.

Members joined Lynn residents to help with various improvements in the Neptune Street neighborhood. As part of this effort, B2C worked with the local community group “One Community – One Voice” led by neighborhood Lisa Wallace to re-build a retaining wall at the end of Neptune Street extension.

The wall serves to help hold up the embankment along the former Saugus Branch Railroad that serves as the future route of the Northern Strand Community Trail. This effort is inspired by past efforts in other communities that have built positive relationships, helping build support for creation of the trail.