Our Mission Statement
Bike to the Sea connects communities by building and improving shared-use paths, and promoting safe and happy trail use for all ages and abilities.
History of Community Trail Creation and Advocacy
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, but has extended its mission to provide a shared-use space for all types of activities. 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 communities north of Boston, including Melrose, Medford, Everett, Malden, Revere, Saugus, and Lynn.
The Northern Strand Community Trail runs along the former route of the Saugus Branch Railroad, which operated passenger service from 1853 to 1958. Currently the trail begins near Rt. 16 in Everett. Soon it will connect directly to the Encore casino and one day it will go all the way to Assembly Row in Somerville and onto Boston. 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. In the future local families will be able to pedal, run, or walk to the Saugus Ironworks. Currently the path is built to the Saugus River and is now being completed to the Lynn waterfront and 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 preliminary design and cost estimate for the community trail and an aerial survey as well as for ongoing maintenance and advocacy. B2C volunteers regularly participate in local bicycle fairs held 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.
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