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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.

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.

Conditions Were Perfect For Snowshoeing On The Trail

Lots of snow and mild temperatures on Sunday made it a perfect day for snowshoeing on the trail. It would also have been good for cross-country skiing. However no signs of anybody doing that on the Malden section were found.

Today’s rain will most likely wash away most of the snow but with temperatures expected to drop 38 degrees, from a high of 52 to a low tonight of 14, the trail may be more suitable for luging than bike riding.

Bike to the Sea Wins Major Grant For Revere Portion of Trail

Officials stand on the trail near marshland when it was announced that Bike to the Sea was awarded the grant.

Officials from Malden, Revere, Saugus and Bike to the Sea attended a ceremony yesterday where state officials announced Bike to the Sea was awarded a major grant.

The Revere portion of the Northern Strand Trail is expected to be open next spring thanks to a major grant from the federal government.

Department of Conservation and Recreation Commissioner John Murphy and Massachusetts Recreational Trails Advisory Board Chairman Dick O’Brien announced yesterday that Bike to the Sea was awarded a grant worth $116,202.

The grant will be used to build the 1-mile Revere section from Linden Square in Malden to the Saugus line.  Funds will also be used to add amenities to the Saugus section of the trail including benches and kiosks. The Recreational Trails Grant program is funded by the Federal Highway Administration.

This is the fourth Recreational Trails Grant awarded to Bike to the Sea. Previous grants helped build the trail in Everett, Malden and Saugus. When the Revere portion of the trail is open next year the Northern Strand Trail will be 7.5 miles long with a contiguous route from Everett, through Malden, Revere, and ending on the Lynn line in Saugus. Lynn is the last part of the trail that still needs to be approved by the city of Lynn and then built.

The non-profit organization Iron Horse is working to remove the railroad ties and to install a smooth gravel surface in Revere. Plans to pave the trail there are on hold until more funding can be found.

At an award ceremony along the trail in Saugus Bike to the Sea officials released the following statement: “As you can see, the trail provides access to beautiful stretches of marshlands and offers the opportunity to provide a route to the sea for 100s of thousands. You can also see that we have had to address challenges of dumping, neglect and working near numerous abutters to get to this point.”

Bike to the Sea officials also thanked officials in Everett, Malden, Revere and Saugus for supporting the trail and said they hoped to talk to officials and residents and Lynn soon to finish the project. Bike to the Sea has been working for more than 20 years to build the trail but it’s only been the last couple of years that physical work to construct it began.

Some 32 recreational trail projects across the state were awarded grants this month, according to a press release from the state Department of Conservation and Recreation. A complete list can be found in that press release here.

 

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.