Group photo of bike riders on the beach.

Record Numbers Turn Out for the 32nd, Annual “Bike to the Sea Day Ride”

It’s official. This year’s “Bike to the Sea Day Ride” set a record with 220 people riding in the annual event, making it the largest turnout in the organization’s 32-year history.

A dog in a basket in the back of a bike.
Bentley rode in a basket with his owner Binh Huynh of Melrose. At far right is Binh’s husband, Toni.

For the first time, the ride, held on Sunday, June 2, was free. And for the first time, the ride started at the newly-built “bike kitchen” — a do-it-yourself community space for bike maintenance and repair — along the Northern Strand Community Trail in Malden, on Canal Street.

Bike riders gather at the bike kitchen in Malden at the start of the ride.
Bike riders gathered at the bike kitchen in Malden at the start of the ride.

Riders of all ages, shapes, and sizes rode either on the longer 19-mile trek to Nahant Beach and back; or on the shorter 13-mile ride to Marsh View Park in Lynn and back. Both rides ended at Three Amigo’s Restaurant in Malden Square where lunch was served.

Three people chat at a stop along the way.
Bike riders took a break at Marsh View Park in Lynn.

The shorter ride was completely off-road, on the Northern Strand Community Path and the longer ride was off-road, until the Market Basket in Lynn, where it diverted onto bike lanes on city streets. Police officers and ride marshals stopped traffic along the way at intersections and major rotaries in Malden, Revere, Saugus and Lynn. Work is being done to extend the off-road Northern Strand Community Trail from the Market Basket in Lynn to the beach in Nahant.

Bike to the Sea Executive Director Jonah Chiarenza gives a thumbs up at the beach in Nahant.
Bike to the Sea Executive Director Jonah Chiarenza showed off his wet head after taking a dip in the ocean in Nahant.

Malden Mayor Gary Christenson addressed the crowd at the bike kitchen shortly before the rides started at 9 a.m. Other speakers included Bike to the Sea co-founder, Steven Winslow; Executive Director, Jonah Chiarenza; Board Member, Gary Chin and ride leader, Pete Sutton. Also on hand was Bike to the Sea President Patrick Bibbins and Program Manager Agnes Recato.

Malden Mayor Gary Christenson talks to the crowd of riders.
Malden Mayor Gary Christenson talked about the great work the Bike to the Sea organization is doing.

The weather was beautiful with sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s. We hope you’ll join us once again next year!

A couple rides on a tandem bicycle.
Riders, including this couple on a tandem, took a turn in Saugus.