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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.

 

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.

 

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 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.

 

 

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.