Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the name of the trail?
The official name of the trail is the Northern Strand Trail, although many people still refer to it as the Bike to the Sea Trail.
What sections of the trail are open?
There are 7.5 miles of trail, starting in Everett and going through Malden, Revere, and Saugus to the Lynn line. The Northern Strand Trail follows an abandoned rail bed starting in Everett at West and Wellington Street, and runs adjacent to Canal Street in Malden, through Malden Square where it crosses over Route 60 near the Valley Forum 2 Hockey Rink. It then continues adjacent to Eastern Avenue until it crosses over Beach Street in Malden, near the Revere line. The trail in Revere runs along the scenic Rumney Marsh to the Saugus line near Laurel Street. The trail then runs to where Lincoln Street in Saugus, meets Boston Street near the Lynn line.
When will the trail be paved?
The Everett and Malden sections of the trail are paved. Revere, Saugus, and Lynn’s paving could be finished as early as 2021.
When will work begin on the Revere segment of the trail?
The Revere section of the trail was completed in the spring of 2015. The trail in Revere features scenic vistas of the Rumney Marsh. All that remains in Bike to the Sea’s goal of creating a trail to the beaches in Revere, Lynn and Nahant is extending the trail from Saugus through Lynn.
When will work begin on the Lynn segment?
The City of Lynn has not committed to work on trail construction at this time. Bike to the Sea, Inc. continues to talk with Lynn officials about advancing the trail. We’re looking for Lynn residents to volunteer to help us build community support. If you live in Lynn, please contact Thomas McGee and your ward councillors to express support for the trail.
Is this trail part of a larger network of bike trails?
Yes. There are several other groups in the state and throughout the country that are working on building car-free trails for biking, walking, and other forms of recreation. Plans are underway to have car-free paths from the New Hampshire border in Salisbury, Mass., through Boston, to the Rhode Island border and the Northern Strand trail will be part of that. There are also plans to make these trails in Massachusetts part of the East Coast Greenway, a 2500 mile traffic-free path linking East Coast cities from Maine to Florida.
Our friends at MAPC have the most comprehensive MA trail map which does a great job of illustrating the whole network and includes options to view different surfaces and complete vs. in progress trails.