Bike to the Sea Day Ride

Bicyclists pose for a photo near the ocean.

About 50 cyclists participated in the Bike to the Sea Day ride on Sunday, June 2, 2013, taking a break along the route in Saugus.

This year’s Bike to the Sea Day Ride is scheduled for Sunday, June 7, 2015, 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.

For information on previous Bike to the Sea Day Rides, see below.

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A Report on the 2014 Bike to the Sea Day Ride

About 120 people participated in the annual Bike to the Sea Day ride on Sunday, June 1 making it one of the largest groups in the event’s 22-year history.

Participation was high this year because more people are finding out about the trail and using it, according to Bike to the Sea President Jim Tozza.

When completed, the trail, called the Northern Strand Trail, will run 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 two 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.

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 escorted bicyclists along the route, stopping traffic when necessary at busy intersections. The ride promotes awareness of the trail and the 22-year effort to get it built.

Malden Mayor Gary Christenson addressed the large group at the beginning of the ride at the Madeline English School in Everett telling them they’re one of the reasons this region has a bright future.

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A Report on the 2013 Bike to the Sea Day Ride

For the first time in 21 years, riders on the annual Bike to the Sea Day Ride were able to pedal their way through Saugus off-road, away from vehicular traffic. Last year cyclists for the first time on this ride were able to travel off-road through Malden and Everett. And next year, Revere may be added to the list as construction on that part of the trail may begin in the spring of 2014.

About 50 people turned out for the 21st annual ride Sunday, June 2, 2013 from Everett to Nahant Beach.This year’s ride included portions of the Northern Strand Trail that were built over the past year or two in Everett, Malden and Saugus.

Cyclists ride over a bridge on the newly built Northern Strand Trail in Saugus on the 21st annual Bike to the Sea Day ride.

Although temperatures were in the 90s, sunny skies were a welcome change from the last few years when participants had to ride in the rain. A few riders got flats but were rescued by the Bike to the Sea’s sag wagon, which fixed the flats on the spot so riders could finish the trip.

Bike marshals and police officers on bikes and in patrol cars helped lead the group of cyclists through intersections, blocking traffic along the way.  As in years past, the biggest cheers of support came from Lynn residents sitting on their stoops or walking along the street. The City of Lynn is the only municipality along the route that still hasn’t approved plans for the trail.

The annual ride is designed to bring attention and support to efforts to complete the trail. Work that still needs to be done includes:

  • Getting the City of Lynn to approve plans for the trail so that it can be built there.
  • Paving the trail in Everett, Malden, and Saugus. The Malden portion is expected to be paved within the next month.
  • Building the Revere portion of the trail, which is expected to start in the spring of 2014.
  • Finishing a small portion of the Saugus trail.
  • Building community gardens along the trail. Plans for this in Malden are underway but more volunteers are needed.

For the past 21 years a tenacious group of dedicated volunteers has brought the dream of a community walking and bike path connecting the Greater Malden area to the beaches in Revere and Nahant to fruition. Some of the main challenges over the years included:

  • The trail follows an old railroad line and so the owners of that line had to give up their rights to the line.
  • Then each municipality along the trail had to accept the land.
  • Federal funds for the project had to be secured.
  • A non-profit company then ripped up the tracks and built a gravel path.
Bike trails are being planned and built all around the Boston area and are expected to connect so that one day in the not too distance future, cyclists on the Northern Strand Trail will be able to ride to Boston and points south and west, as well as north to New Hampshire.
Check here to learn more about volunteer opportunities or here to become a member.