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, some of which are currently actively under construction, 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 will be complete in between 2020-2022.
When will work begin on the Revere segment of the trail?
The initial gravel version of the Revere section of the trail was completed in the spring of 2015 and it features scenic vistas of the Rumney Marsh. Soon the recent construction updates will get to Revere and complete fully paving the Northern Strand – we expect it to be totally paved sometime in 2020-2021.
When will work begin on the Lynn segment?
It has already begun! The Community Path of Lynn construction is nearly complete (Boston St to Bennett St), and construction on the downtown Lynn segment (from Western Ave to Nahant Beach) should be completed by 2022!
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.