Volunteers Needed Oct. 25 For Revere Portion of the Trail

Volunteers are needed to help work on the Revere portion of the Northern Strand Trail on Saturday, October 25 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Work includes clearing brush, picking up trash, and installing recycled railroad ties to create an entrance to the trail at the intersection of Salem Street and Franklin Street in Revere. This is the only section of the trail in Revere that crosses a roadway and the Bike to the Sea organization plans on building a park-like entrance to keep vehicles off the trail.

The City of Malden plans to start construction on the Linden Square crossing into Revere this month. The grand opening of the Revere portion of the trail is expected in the spring of 2015.

Once both projects are complete, the Northern Strand Trail will have seven miles of continuous trail, from Everett, through Malden, Revere, and Saugus. The city of Lynn has not yet approved plans to continue the trail to the seashore at Nahant Beach.

For more information about volunteering contact Clay Larsen at clarsen@groundworklawrence.org.

Dueling Pianos Fundraiser at the Dockside Restaurant Aug. 14

A “dueling piano, all request, sing along, comedy show” will help raise money for Bike to the Sea on Thursday, Aug. 14 at the Dockside Restaurant on Route 60 in Malden.

Ten percent of sales at the restaurant that night will go to Bike to the Sea. Chris Keenan and Ricky Lauria will perform from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The Dockside Restaurant is located at 229 Centre Street (Route 60) in Malden, Mass. 

Annual Bike to the Sea Day Ride Attracts Large Group of Riders

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.

Sunny Skies For 22nd Annual Bike to the Sea Ride

Bicyclists pose for a group photo.

The 22nd annual Bike to the Sea Ride took off from the Madeline English School in Everett under sunny skies on Sunday, June 1.

The official number isn’t in yet but some Bike to the Sea officials speculated it may have been the largest group yet for the annual ride that raises awareness about the trail. More photos and information on the June 1st ride will be posted soon.

Annual Bike to the Sea Day Ride Set For Sunday, June 1

Bike riders pose for the camera during last year's Bike to the Sea Day Ride.

About 50 cyclists participated in the Bike to the Sea Day ride last year, taking a break along the route in Saugus.

The 22d annual Bike to the Sea Day ride is scheduled for Sunday, June 1 at 9 a.m. Registration is available online or participants can register the day of the ride starting at 8:30 a.m.

The ride starts at the Madeline English School, 105 Woodville St. in Everett. There is a 14-mile family ride to the Saugus River and back and a 20-mile ride to Nahant Beach and back. Both rides end at the Dockside Restaurant on Centre Street in Malden and include lunch. The routes include traveling  on newly paved sections of the trail in Everett and Malden but also include some on-street bike riding. Police escorts control traffic at major intersections. Some of the trail is unpaved so wider tires are recommended.

Costs for the rides are as follows:

  • Individuals: $15 ($20 day of the ride), includes lunch and a T-shirt.
  • Families: $25 ($30 day of the ride), includes lunch for four and two T-shirts.
  • Additional Family Members: $10, includes T-shirts.

A $50 optional donation to Bike to the Sea includes a commemorative bicycle bell. And optional $5 donations to the MassBike Coalition are encouraged.  Checks should be made payable to Bike to the Sea Inc. and can also be sent by mail to 57 Hammersmith Drive, Saugus, Mass. 01906.