Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the name of the trail?
The official name of the trail is the Northern Strand Trail, although many people still refer to it as the Bike to the Sea Trail.
What sections of the trail are open?
There are four miles of paved trail in Everett and Malden. There are 2.5 miles of crushed stone trail in Saugus. The trail is open from West and Wellington Street in Everett to Beach Street in Malden, near the Revere line. The Saugus segment of the trail, from Laurel Street to Boston Street, is open.
When will the trail be paved?
The Everett and Malden sections of the trail are paved. There are no plans currently to pave the Saugus section.
When will work begin on the Revere segment of the trail?
Work has already begun on the Revere portion of the trail. It is expected to be complete in the spring of 2015. The trail in Revere features scenic vistas of the Rumney Marsh. 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.
When will work begin on the Lynn segment?
The City of Lynn has not committed to work on trail construction at this time. Bike to the Sea, Inc. continues to talk with Lynn officials about advancing the trail. We’re looking for Lynn residents to volunteer to help us build community support. If you live in Lynn, please contact Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy and your ward councillors to express support for the trail.
Is this trail part of a larger network of bike trails?
Yes. There are several other groups in the state and throughout the country that are working on building car-free trails for biking, walking, and other forms of recreation. Plans are underway to have car-free paths from the New Hampshire border in Salisbury, Mass., through Boston, to the Rhode Island border and the Northern Strand trail will be part of that. There are also plans to make these trails in Massachusetts part of the East Coast Greenway, a 2500 mile traffic-free path linking East Coast cities from Maine to Florida.