Registration is now open for the annual Bike to the Sea Day Ride. The ride on Sunday, June 7 promotes awareness of the Northern Strand trail and the 23-year effort to get it built.
Those interested in participating can register online at active.com or by using this registration form and following the directions.. Registration cost $25 per person, or just $35 for a family of four. Those who register on the day of the event will pay $30 for an individual and $40 for a family of four. Registration on the day of the event starts at 8:30 a.m. at the Madeline English School, 105 Woodville St., in Everett, Mass. The ride begins there at 9 a.m.
When completed, the Northern Strand Trail will be a motor vehicle-free trail running about 10 miles from Everett, through Malden, Revere, Saugus and Lynn, to Nahant Beach. Portions of the trail in Everett, Malden and Saugus were opened over the past three years and bicyclists, walkers, joggers, roller skaters, dog walkers, cross-country skiers and others have been enjoying it. Work on the Revere section is under way and it is expected to be complete by the end of the summer of 2015.
Bike to the Sea officials continue to talk to officials in Lynn who have not yet approved plans for the trail there.
The annual ride uses portions of the trail that are open but still has to traverse through city traffic where it is not. Police from Everett, Malden, and Lynn escort bicyclists along the route, stopping traffic when necessary at busy intersections.