This year’s Bike to the Sea Day Family Ride will be held completely off-road, on the newly built Northern Strand Community Trail.
The 13-mile ride from Everett to the Saugus River Bridge is ideal for children over the age of 8 and novice bike riders. Those under 16-years-old must be accompanied by an adult. Although the Northern Strand Community Trail is an off-road path, it does cross many roadways.
The longer, 20-mile Bike to the Sea Day Ride will be held off-road, on the Northern Strand Community Trail, from Everett to the Lynn line where bicyclists will continue to Nahant Beach on Lynn roadways. Police escorts are usually given to assist bicyclists at major intersections and there is a support vehicle following along to help anyone who needs it.
Ride Scheduled for June 12, 8:30 a.m.
Both rides begin at the Madeline English School, 105 Woodville Street in Everett MA on Sunday, June 12, 2016. Cyclists should arrive at 8:30 to register and sign a waiver. The full 20-mile trip, from Everett to Nahant Beach and back to the Dockside Restaurant on Centre Street in Malden (for a pizza lunch) usually takes a little over three hours.
Registration is now open and participants can register online at Active.com. Individual adult registrations cost $25. Family registrations (for two adults and two children) cost $35. Those registering early will get a T-shirt.
The annual ride from Everett, through Malden, Saugus, Revere and Lynn to Nahant Beach is designed to bring attention and support to efforts to complete the Northern Strand Trail which began in 1993.
Lynn Section of Trail Still Needs Work
When completed, the trail will run about 10 miles from Everett, through Malden, Revere, Saugus and Lynn, to Nahant Beach. Portions of the trail in Everett, Malden, Revere, 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.
Bike to the Sea officials continue to talk to officials in Lynn who have not yet approved plans for the trail there.