On Sunday was the 20th annual Bike to the Sea community ride. B When I lived in Somerville, aside from walking, biking was my primary method of transportation, especially to Brookline & Cambridge. B Upon moving to Malden my bike has been gathering dust in the basement. B I’m ashamed to admit that I am not brave enough to share the road with cranky Northshore drivers. B Cambridge, Somerville & Brookline did a fabulous job adding bike lanes and making their neighborhoods more bike friendly. B I know Malden is a long way from bike lanes but I still dream that this trend will hit the other side of the Mystic River. B There’s a lot of work, but Bike to the Sea is a step in the right direction.
I’m copying & pasting with someB paraphrasingB a little bit about the Bike to the Sea project from B2C’sB website.
“B2C promotes the development of a bicycle and pedestrian trail from the Malden area to the beaches of Lynn and Revere.B The trail will begin along the Malden River in Everett near the proposed TeleCom City where it will connect to trails heading to Boston and Medford. Heading north to Malden, then east, the trail travels past the locations of the old Maplewood and Linden rail stations to the spectacular vistas of Rumney Marsh in North Revere. Local families will be able to pedal to the Saugus Ironworks or the Saugus River and then to a pathway along the Lynn Waterfront that will connect to Nahant and Revere Beaches.
The largest ride of the year is “Bike to the Sea” held at the end of June. Over 100 families and friends join us for a ride to the beach escorted by local bicycle police. Funds raised at B2C Day have been donated to develop a preliminary design and cost estimate for the bicycle trail and an aerial survey. B2C volunteers regularly participate in local bicycle fairs held by the schools, Junior Police and the Kiwanis. Members also promote safer streets for bicyclists, better parking at MBTA stations and bicycle commuting to Boston. B2C works with MassBike, Rails to Trails and East Coast Greenway.”
Sadly the weather for the 2012 Bike to the Sea was not the greatest. B However, several of us still made it out, bikes & helmets in check. B To get to the start of the trail I had to bike 1 mile from home. B I was a little bit nervous since this would be my first time biking in Malden. B Luckily it was 8AM on a Sunday and all the usually crappy drivers were not out andB aboutB yet.
There was a lot of dust on my bike that’s been sitting idly calling my name. B I wasn’t even sure I still knew how to ride a bike!
The bike ride started on what will soon be the first mile of the Northern Strand trail.
After 10.7 slow escorted miles everyone made it to the beach!
I shivered and munched on some blueberries as we waited for everyone to reach the beach andB assembleB for the return trip. B While I was shivering wishing I had a parka with me, some crazies went for a swim.
The bike trip ended at the Dockside. B There was promise of pizza. B Not sure what happened but we were greeted with salad and pasta instead. B When you’re hungry, food is food so I munched in two plates worth.
There was even cake!
After the cake, pizza came out. B So we eventually did get our promised pizza. B You would think that munching on pasta and cake would prevent everyone jumping for pizza once it came out an hour later. B Nope!
I had a mile bike ride back to home. B This time the scary drivers were out and about. B Sadly I had to use a combination of sidewalks and roads to make it home safely. B There’s not that many pedestrians in Malden so as much as I hate sidewalk biking it was not the worst crime in the world. B I saw these little cute fellows on my return trip.
If you live in the Boston area specifically: Everett, Malden, Revere, Saugus, Lynn area please check out and support the Northern Strand Trail. B More information about the Bike to the Sea project is here. B If you’re from Lynn please talk to your mayor and city officials. B Unless I misunderstood, at the moment Lynn is the only community that hasn’t agreed to the Northern Strand Trail proposal and is part of the hold up.