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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.

Annual Bike to the Sea Meeting on Saturday in Saugus

Bike to the Sea, Inc.’s annual meeting will take place on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Saint Margaret’s Catholic Church 431 Lincoln Avenue in Cliftondale Square, Saugus, Mass.

The meeting will feature a potluck dinner and a presentation on the current progress on the trail. A representative from a local non-profit bicycle shop will talk about how a non-profit shop operates.

Fall Colors Ride, Community Garden Celebration, Oct. 26

Red leaf surrounded by green leaves.

The Fall Colors Ride is a fun family event.

Two events are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26 to help celebrate all of the progress on the trail over the past summer.

The Fall Colors Ride will begin at noon on Saturday, Oct. 26 near the Tufts Boathouse at 200 River’s Edge Drive in Medford. The 10-mile ride will follow the paved section of the Northern Strand Trail in Everett and Malden as well as some of the River’s Edge paved trail. A short portion of the ride will be on road with the option of riding on a sidewalk.

Those who wear costumes will be eligible to win a one-year membership to Bike to the Sea and a collectible Northern Strand bicycle bell. The ride is free and registration begins at 11:45 a.m. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served at the end of the ride. Riders must wear helmets and be at least 8-years-old. Riders 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Children 7 and under may join the ride as passengers with a responsible parent or guardian.

Community Garden Celebration

Workers at the community garden in Malden.

The community gardens in Malden were built this summer. Residents can rent garden plots to plant vegetables, flowers and fruit.

Immediately following the ride, the opening celebration of the Community Garden will take place on the Northern Strand Trail between Faulkner and Bryant streets. The celebration will include lettuce tasting, music and other family fun events and is scheduled to run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

This summer progress on the trail included the paving of the Malden and Everett sections, a 4.1-mile stretch from West and Wellington streets in Everett to Linden Square in Malden. The Malden section of the trail was paved with support of capital funds from the city of Malden. The Everett section was paved using Gateway Community funds provided by the state. Fay, Spofford and Thorndike Inc. developed the designs for Malden and Everett.

Iron Horse Preservation also completed the surfacing of the Saugus section this summer.