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Beebe Second-Grade Students Promote Bike Path

Students hold signs promoting the bike path.

Carmen Deng (left) and Alice Chen hold signs promoting the benefits of the bike path outside their classroom at the Beebe School in Malden. (Photo by Patricia Micheli)

Students in Patricia Micheli’s second grade class at the Beebe School are working on a project to promote awareness of the Northern Strand trail through Malden.

Part of the project included marching in the city’s holiday parade last month where the students wore signs promoting the path.

The class also plans to write flyers promoting the path in several different languages which will be sent home with students. This exercise is part of the class’s persuasive letter writing assignment.

A wall with images of houses and the bike path.

The class also incorporated the bike path into a social studies assignment by creating a community on the wall outside the classroom. (Photo by Patricia Micheli)

Revere Section of Trail Expected To Open in Spring 2015

Two men pose in front of a newly built safety railing at the Old Rowe Quarry site.

Bike to the Sea held a volunteer work day in Revere on Friday, Dec. 12. Clay Larsen (left) and Brian Webber (right), along with Steve Winslow, helped build a safety railing at the Old Rowe Quarry site. The group is also installing barriers and signs to help keep ATVs and dirt bikes off the trail.

The missing link in the Northern Strand Trail is expected to open next spring.

The Revere segment of the trail, which will connect four miles of paved trail in Malden and Everett with 2.5 miles of trail in Saugus, is under construction. 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. The city of Lynn has not yet approved those plans.

A newly paved stretch of trail in Revere.

The city of Malden built the trail across Linden Square connecting Malden and Everett to the Revere segment of trail.(Photo by Clay Larsen)

The city of Malden recently helped connect the end of the Malden portion of the trail to the beginning of the Revere section by creating a paved path through Linden Square.

The one-mile stretch of trail in Revere runs along the edge of the Rumney Marsh and features scenic vistas of the natural landscape. Heavy equipment is being used to build out the trail there which remains very muddy. Bike to the Sea recommends avoiding the area until it opens in the spring.

Sign announcing Revere portion of trail to open in spring 2015

A sign was recently installed at the beginning of the trail in Revere. (Photo by Clay Larsen)

Work to improve the trail at the intersection of Salem Street is being done by the city of Revere and Bike to the Sea. Funding from DCR Recreational Trails Grant B2C helped remove old train tracks and install new curbing there to make the area safer for bicyclists and pedestrians. Plans to add fencing and a map kiosk will help transform the intersection from an industrial site into a small greenway.

This year Iron Horse Preservation Society worked in Revere removing railroad ties from the old rail bed. The trail will be graded, then topped with a layer of recycled asphalt, followed by a smooth layer of stone dust. There are no immediate plans to pave this section or the section of the trail in Saugus.

 

Bike to the Sea Helps Kick Off Holiday Season In Malden

Bike to the Sea members march in holiday parade in Malden.

Members of Bike to the Sea marched and rode in the holiday parade in Malden on Saturday, Nov. 29.

Working the Night Shift, Annual Meeting November 10

Bike to the Sea, Inc.’s annual meeting will take place on Monday November 10th at 6 p.m. at Night Shift Brewing, 87 Santilli Highway, in Everett. We’ll give an update on the state of the trail and enjoy some local brew from Everett. $10 per person includes a line of seasonal beer samples.

Please call Helen at 781-397-6893 if you would like to bring an entrée or dessert.

 

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.