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Trail Cleanup And A Bike Ride

A cleanup of the trail is scheduled for Tuesday, April 22 at 9 a.m.  Those interested in helping out should meet at the Saugus River Bridge off Boston Street. For more information call Steve Winslow at 781-397-6893.

The next bike ride will be on Sunday, May 18 leaving from the Blessing of the Bay Boathouse in Somerville at 11:15 a.m. The bike ride is happening as part of several events of the annual Mystic River Herring Run and Paddle.

April Fool’s Ride Postponed until Sunday, April 13

The April Fool’s Day ride scheduled for March 30 has been postponed until Sunday, April 13.

The 15-mile ride starts at 10 a.m. in the rear parking lot of the Dockside Restaurant, 229 Centre St., in Malden and continues south along the Northern Strand Community Trail before heading into Everett, Medford, Somerville and Arlington.

Revere Trail Preview and Cleanup Set For April 12

A view of the Rumney Marsh

The Northern Strand Community Trail will run along side of the Rumney Marsh in Revere.

A spring cleanup and preview of the Revere portion of the trail will be held on April 12, 2014. This one-mile section of the Northern Strand Community Trail skirts the edge of Rumney Marsh in Revere. It has spectacular views out over a 2,600 acre salt marsh rarely seen by Bostonians or even locals of Revere and Malden.

Over the spring and summer of 2014 Bike to the Sea Inc. will be working with the city of Revere and Iron Horse Preservation Society, the contractor, to build a gravel trail linking Everett, Malden, Revere and Saugus into a seven mile long continuous trail.

To join the cleanup from Malden, park in the public lot in Linden Square and walk east heading towards Route 1.  Look for “Trail Clean Up” signs. In Revere, park on Blodgett Street parallel to Route 1, across from Linden Square and Malden Masonry Supply. The cleanup will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tools and trash bags will be provided, as well as a light lunch. For more information, contact Clay Larsen at (617) 908-1022 or email clarsen@groundworklawrence.org.

 

Ride Three Newly Paved Trails on Sunday, March 30 – No Fooling!

An April Fool’s bike ride through Malden, Everett, Medford and Arlington will be held on Sunday, March 30.

The ride starts at 10 a.m. in the rear parking lot of the Dockside Restaurant, 229 Centre St., in Malden and continues south along the Northern Strand Community Trail.

It then continues along the Mystic River Reservation paths through Medford Square, to the Alewife Brook Greenway. From there it travels along the Alewife Linear Park/Somerville Community Path onto local streets, eventually turning back along the Malden River through River’s Edge Park.

The ride features three newly paved trails: the Malden and Everett portion of the Northern Strand Community Trail, the Wellington Greenway in Medford, and the Alewife Brook Greenway Trail in Arlington. The 15-mile route is flat and should be easy to ride. It is expected to take about two hours.

The event will be cancelled if there is steady rain. For more information contact Pete Sutton at beausutt@hotmail.com.

Donate Now Through March 17 and Get So Much More

Aerial view of Rumney Marsh in Revere

The trail will run along this tranquil oasis known as Rumney Marsh.

Bike to the Sea launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise matching funds for a $116,000 grant it received to build the Revere portion of the Northern Strand Trail.

The Department of Conservation and Recreation awarded the grant with the condition that Bike to the Sea matches at least 20 percent with outside funds. That means that for every dollar you donate, Bike to the Sea is allowed to claim an additional $5 of grant money. So if you donate $20, you’re actually allowing Bike to the Sea to collect an additional $100. But wait, there’s more.

If you donate as part of Bike to the Sea’s Indiegogo campaign on this page, you’ll get the following gifts:

  • A $15 donation will get you a glossy Bike to the Sea sticker that you can put on your bike, your car, or any other surface to show your support.
  • A $20 donation will get you an annual membership (a $25 value), plus the glossy sticker mentioned above.
  • A $50 donation will get you at special commemorative T-shirt that celebrates the addition of the Revere portion of the trail; plus an annual membership; and the glossy sticker mentioned above.
  • A $1000 donation will get you something to permanently recognize your contribution. Bike to the Sea will work with you to find a way to make your contribution permanently and publicly known. There will be kiosks, benches, and trail signs that will provide opportunities for this.

Much Progress Made in 2013

This past year was a productive one for Bike to the Sea. The Everett and Malden sections of the trail were completed and paved and the Saugus section officially opened. Work began in Revere in the fall and with this funding will be completed this spring, creating a continuous 7.5 mile stretch of trail.

While the City of Lynn has yet to approve plans for the trail, there were productive meetings with Senator Thomas McGee and other local public officials.

Revere Portion of Trail is Tranquil

The Revere portion of the trail will be built along the Rumney Marsh. The views and tranquility of this section may surprise you, given its proximity to densely settled cities. Previously this area was inaccessible and you might only have been able to get a brief glimpse of it through the windows of a car speeding down Route 1. The creation of the trail may give you a new favorite destination.

Trail Will Help Link Maine to Florida

This will also become an integral part of the East Coast Greenway, which is a growing network of off-road paths leading all the way from Maine to Florida.

Imagine being able to go for a walk with your friends and family on a trail that passes through both convenient urban areas and the open and beautiful Rumney Marsh, and being able to say, “I built this!”

This is your chance.