Join us for a fun ride on the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway, one of the best rail trails in the country. On this ride we'll bike the entire length of the trail, down to its end point at the Alewife MBTA station. After that, we'll continue onto the Somerville Community Path (a paved, mixed-use path about a mile long) and ride down to Davis Square. Lots to see on this urban trail ride through several towns!
As we did the last time we rode this trail, we will make several stops along the way to regroup and hydrate.
Stop 1: Lexington Center. Regroup under the shaded area along the trail.
Stop 2: Arlington Center. Regroup at the Minuteman Bikeway sign.
Stop 3: Alewife MBTA station. Regroup before crossing over to the Somerville Community Path.
Important Note: The Somerville Community Path winds its way through the various neighborhoods of the town. There are numerous road crossings, and there can be a LOT of foot traffic, more that we typically encounter on the bikeway itself. We will therefore proceed at a moderate pace on our bikes. Also, let's try to stay together, since it's easy to get lost if you've never been here before.
The nitty gritty for this ride...
Length: Approximately 24-mile round trip, Bedford to Somerville.
Trail details: Entirely paved; numerous road crossings in the various towns along the trail. The Somerville Community Path is narrow and can be tricky to follow, so we'll stay together.
Suggested bike type: Road or hybrid, but any bike will suffice.
Pace: Moderate, with several stops along the way to regroup and hydrate.
Lunch: Bring a brown bag lunch or snack to eat at the outdoor tables in Davis Square. It's a lovely spot to sit and people watch as you enjoy a bite to eat. Alternatively, bring money (and a bike lock!) and grab lunch from one of the many eateries in the square. There's also a J.P. Licks ice cream shop right at the tables! We'll plan on laying over in the square for ONE HOUR before we start our return trip.
Parking: Arrive early, as this is a popular destination. Carpool, if possible. Free public parking is available right at the Bedford Depot park. There is additional parking behind Bikeway Source. See the maps in the photo section.
111 South Road
Safety Note: Bike helmets are mandatory on our rides.
About This Trail
The Minuteman Bikeway is a testament to the perseverance of a handful of avid cyclists who had a vision. After much political back and forth, ground was broken in October 1991, some 16 years after the B&M railroad made its last train trip in 1975. The first sections of the trail, located in Arlington and Cambridge, were opened to the public in October 1992. The Lexington and Bedford sections were completed in the spring of 1993. The trail's grand opening ceremony was May 29, 1993.
Bikeway Map & Brochure
Printable PDF Map & Brochure
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