The Northern Strand Community Trail runs along the former route of the Saugus Branch Railroad, which operated passenger service from 1853 to 1958.
One of the first bicycle trips made in the 1890’s by the Malden Bicycle Club was to Revere Beach. 100 years later Bike to the Sea continues the tradition. Founded in 1993, Bike to the Sea, Inc. (B2C) is a charitable, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that promotes bicycling and bicycle safety in the Malden area.
B2C promotes the development of a bicycle and pedestrian trail from the Malden area to the beaches of Lynn and Revere. A state feasiblity study conducted has concluded that a trail to the sea along the Saugus Branch rail line is feasible. The trail will begin along the Malden River in Everett near the proposed TeleCom City where it will connect to trails heading to Boston and Medford. Heading north to Malden, then east, the trail travels past the locations of the old Maplewood and Linden rail stations to the spectacular vistas of Rumney Marsh in North Revere. Local families will be able to pedal to the Saugus Ironworks or the Saugus River and then to a pathway along the Lynn Waterfront that will connect to Nahant and Revere Beaches.
Comprised of over 100 members, B2C holds regular social and pleasure rides to destinations such as Revere Beach, Nahant and Marblehead Neck. The largest ride of the year is “Bike to the Sea” held at the end of June. Over 100 families and friends join us for a ride to the beach escorted by local bicycle police. Funds raised at B2C Day have been donated to develop a prelimiary design and cost estimate for the bicycle trail and an aerial survey. B2C volunteers regularly participate in local bicycle fairs helb by the schools, Junior Police and the Kiwanis. Members also promote safer streets for bicyclists, better parking at MBTA stations and bicycle commuting to Boston. B2C works with MassBike, Rails to Trails and East Coast Greenway.
For more Information about Bike to the Sea, call (781) 397-6893.