Artist sketch of a bicyclists riding on a curb-separated bike lane through downtown Lynn.

Groundbreaking Ceremony to Connect Trail in Lynn to Nahant Beach Set for July, 11

(Above: Drawing of the proposed Northern Strand on-street bike lane on South Common Street, approaching Market Street, in downtown Lynn. Courtesy of MassDOT.)

It’s the final push to make this organization live up to its name.

For more than 30 years Bike to the Sea has promised to build a trail from Everett, through Malden, Revere, Saugus, and Lynn to the ocean in Nahant and now work will begin this week to finish the last two-mile section from Western Avenue in Lynn to Nahant Beach.

The state Department of Transportation (DOT) will hold a groundbreaking ceremony to build a two-mile, two-way, separated bike lane on Thursday, July 11, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The event will feature DOT officials, politicians, and other stakeholders and take place on the Carroll Parkway, a small section of grass and trees surrounded by the Lynnway, Market Street, and Broad Street in Lynn. Parking will be available at the North Shore Community College lot. Those who park there can walk down the sidewalk along Market Street and cross over the street to the Carroll Parkway.

Map of the planned extension of the trail.
A map of the proposed 2-mile extension through downtown Lynn.(Courtesy of MassDOT)

The Northern Strand Community Trail now runs from Everett, through Malden, Revere, Saugus, and ends at Western Avenue, about 1-mile west of downtown Lynn. The plans include extending that trail with curb-separated, on-street bike lanes and sidewalk improvements through downtown Lynn to state-owned parkland at Nahant Beach. 

This project is expected to provide safer and improved transportation access for bicyclists and pedestrians. 

Bike to the Sea is also working with officials in Revere to extend the trail from Linden Square in Malden to Revere Beach alongside the roadway there.