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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.

 

21st Annual Bike to the Sea Day Ride Hits Another Milestone

Cyclist pose for photo along the route in Saugus.

About 50 cyclists participated in the Bike to the Sea Day ride on Sunday, June 2, 2013, taking a break along the route in Saugus.

For the first time in 21 years, riders on the annual Bike to the Sea Day Ride were able to pedal their way through Saugus off-road, away from vehicular traffic. Last year cyclists for the first time on this ride were able to travel off-road through Malden and Everett. And next year, Revere may be added to the list as construction on that part of the trail may begin in the spring of 2014.

About 50 people turned out for the 21st annual ride Sunday, June 2 from Everett to Nahant Beach.This year’s ride included portions of the Northern Strand Trail that were built over the past year or two in Everett, Malden and Saugus.

Cyclists ride over a bridge in Saugus.

Cyclists ride over a bridge on the newly built Northern Strand Trail in Saugus on the 21st annual Bike to the Sea Day ride.

Although temperatures were in the 90s, sunny skies were a welcome change from the last few years when participants had to ride in the rain. A few riders got flats but were rescued by the Bike to the Sea’s sag wagon, which fixed the flats on the spot so riders could finish the trip.

Bike marshals and police officers on bikes and in patrol cars helped lead the group of cyclists through intersections, blocking traffic along the way.  As in years past, the biggest cheers of support came from Lynn residents sitting on their stoops or walking along the street. The City of Lynn is the only municipality along the route that still hasn’t approved plans for the trail.

The annual ride is designed to bring attention and support to efforts to complete the trail. Work that still needs to be done includes:

  • Getting the City of Lynn to approve plans for the trail so that it can be built there.
  • Paving the trail in Everett, Malden, and Saugus. The Malden portion is expected to be paved within the next month.
  • Building the Revere portion of the trail, which is expected to start in the spring of 2014.
  • Finishing a small portion of the Saugus trail.
  • Building community gardens along the trail. Plans for this in Malden are underway but more volunteers are needed.

For the past 21 years a tenacious group of dedicated volunteers has brought the dream of a community walking and bike path connecting the Greater Malden area to the beaches in Revere and Nahant to fruition. Some of the main challenges over the years included:

  • The trail follows an old railroad line and so the owners of that line had to give up their rights to the line.
  • Then each municipality along the trail had to accept the land.
  • Federal funds for the project had to be secured.
  • A non-profit company then ripped up the tracks and built a gravel path.
Bike trails are being planned and built all around the Boston area and are expected to connect so that one day in the not too distance future, cyclists on the Northern Strand Trail will be able to ride to Boston and points south and west, as well as north to New Hampshire.
Check here to learn more about volunteer opportunities or here to become a member.

Register Now For Bike to the Sea Day Rides, Sunday June 2

Map of the two routes for Bike to the Sea Day.

There will be two rides on Sunday, June 2, a slower one for families to the Saugus River and a 20-mile roundtrip ride to Nahant Beach.

It’s time to register for the 21st annual Bike to the Sea Day rides.  This year’s rides are the first to follow portions of the trail that are now complete in Everett, Malden, and Saugus.

Two rides – a 14-mile family ride to the Saugus River and a 20-mile ride to Nahant Beach – will both start at the Madeline English School, 105 Woodville St.,  in Everett at 9 a.m. on Sunday, June 2, 2013. Both rides will end back at the Dockside Restaurant on Centre Street in Malden for lunch.

Participants can register online here or by filling out a registration form (see below) and sending it along with a check made out to Bike to the Sea, Inc. to 57 Hammersmith Drive, Saugus, MA 01906. Same-day registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the Madeline English School, but will cost more.  This year registration fees are being waived for volunteers who help marshal the ride (see below).

Prices are as follows:

  • Individuals: $15 ($20 day of ride), includes lunch and a T-shirt.
  • Families: $25 ($30 day of ride), includes lunch for four and two T-shirts.
  • Additional family members: $10, includes T-shirts.

Optional donations to the MassBike Coalition (suggested donation $5) and Bike to the Sea are encouraged. A $50 optional donation to Bike to the Sea comes with a commemorative bicycle bell.

The ride is open to all riders 8-years-old and up. Those under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Helmets are required.

Participants won’t have to worry as much about cars this year because some of the ride will follow newly built portions of the trail. The ride out will be mostly on-road, while the ride back will use portions of the trail that are complete in Saugus and Malden.

Police will escort riders through intersections, clearing traffic. There is also a van that follows the group in case someone gets a flat, or needs help.

The annual Bike to the Sea Day Ride is a great way to help promote the construction of the Northern Community Strand Trail. The 20-mile round-trip lasts about three hours.

Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed to help “marshal” and “sweep” the 13 and 20 mile rides. Marshalls lead their group of riders along the route. Sweeps help ensure the back of the pack riders make the ride and call sag wagons in case of a breakdown, flat or a tired rider.

To encourage new marshals this year, Bike to the Sea is waiving the registration fee for volunteers who attend the “marshals” practice ride on Sunday, May 26th. That ride leaves at 9 am from Madeline English School in Everett.

If you’re interested, please reply to swinslow4152@gmail.com or call Steve at 781-397-6893.

Bike to the Sea Day Registration Form

To use this registration form, click on the image to make it bigger and then print it out.

 

You can also register online here.

Less Worry About Cars On Bike to the Sea Ride, June 2

Bicyclists on the Bike to the Sea Ride on Sunday, June 2 won’t have to worry as much about cars this year because most of the ride will follow newly built portions of the trail.

The annual ride to the beach in Nahant will follow portions of the trail that are complete in Everett, Malden, and sections of Saugus. Bicyclists will still have to share the roadways with cars on the Revere and Lynn portion of the ride because work on the trail hasn’t begun yet in those two cities. Work is expected to begin in Revere this summer. There is no schedule to build out the Lynn portion of the trail as city officials in Lynn have not yet approved plans.

This year’s ride will begin at 9 a.m. in Everett, rather than Malden, at the Madeline English School, 105 Woodville St.  Information about how to register for the ride will be announced soon.

The annual Bike to the Sea Day Ride promotes the construction of the Northern Community Strand Trail.  Construction so far has included ripping up railroad tracks and installing gravel, wood fencing, and road crossing signs. Usually two groups of riders take the annual ride, one at a faster clip and one for families and others who prefer to ride more slowly. The entire trip lasts about three hours.

Police usually escort riders through intersections, clearing traffic. There is also a van that follows the group in case someone gets a flat, or needs help.

Fall Colors Ride

Bicyclists pose for a photo amid colorful fall leaves in Saugus, Mass.

The weather was perfect for the Fall Colors Ride on Sunday, Oct. 21. The colors at the Iron Works in Saugus (above) were amazing.