Ron Newman (ron_newman) wrote in bostoncycling,
Ron Newman
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Some favorite bicycling routes from Davis Square

If I post some of my favorite cycling routes, will other folks do the same here?

Davis Square to Horn Pond in Woburn. The whole west side of the pond is an old parkway that has been closed to car traffic. You've got the pond on one side and woods on the other.

Davis Square to Lowell, the first half of which uses the Minuteman Bikeway and Narrow-Gauge Bikeway in Bedford. This is a good way to get to the Lowell Folk Festival, July 27-29.

Davis Square to Andover. Almost all of this is on quiet back roads. This route, plus a short jaunt north on Route 28, is a good way to get to the Bread & Roses Festival in Lawrence on Labor Day, September 3.

Davis Square to Concord, via the Minuteman Bikeway and the stone-dust Battle Road path through Minute Man National Historical Park in Lexington and Lincoln. This is neither the shortest nor the fastest way to travel, but it travels through pleasant historic scenery. You'll appreciate the shade on a hot summer day. The section of Mass. Ave. in Lexington, between the two off-road trails, has a substantial hill climb in both directions.

Davis Square to Winthrop Beach, also known as the Scaryville ride, through the heart of industrial Everett and Chelsea. Very different from the rest of these routes! I don't recommend this for narrow-tired road bikes.
Tags: arlington, bike paths, rail trails, routes, somerville
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I agree; Broadway west is a much better way to travel to Arlington Center by cycle.

ron_newman

July 24 2012, 01:34:13 UTC 7 years ago Edited:  July 24 2012, 01:35:04 UTC

True, though I don't always feel like doing the Teele Square-Clarendon Hill climb.

I don't know why the DCR is having so much trouble finishing the little sidewalk connector around the north side of Alewife station. Seems like that's been under construction for 2 years.
Thanks! I'm an occasional Beacon/Hampshire commuter and will definitely try the Somerville Ave route.
I used to ride a good chunk of that last one when I lived in Eastie and worked at the Charles Theater (West End/Beacon hill). Many times I thought I could make a map of it based on smell alone.
The new Alewife Brook path from Alewife to Medford is sufficiently beautiful to justify starting your first route at Alewife. The bit by the cemetery isn't quite finished and may require walking your bike but the rest makes up for it.

ron_newman

July 24 2012, 12:49:05 UTC 7 years ago Edited:  July 24 2012, 12:52:41 UTC

Or you can detour through the cemetery -- it's a lovely place to ride too. There's a chain across the entrance on Teel Street in Arlington, so you'll have to walk your bike over or under it. The other entrance on Broadway is always open and unobstructed.

Between Mass. Ave. and Henderson street, and again from Broadway to the Mystic River, you have a choice between a paved path on the Somerville side, or a mixture of unpaved path and wooden boardwalk on the Arlington side.
I thought there was a "no bikes" sign in the cemetery.
i have never seen a "no bikes" sign there, and it used to be a part of my daily bike route.

there's a "no dogs" sign in the cemetery, but people walk their dogs there all the time, so i don't think anyone really cares if a quiet biker is going through.
As of last Friday, the boardwalk across the brook from the cemetery is finished and open!