May 19: Bike Arlington ride (starting in Medford)
- Another ride this Sunday:
Bike Arlington Tour - Sunday May 19th
The annual BIKE-Arlington Tour is scheduled for Sunday morning, May 19, 2013. This easy-paced bicycle tour around town is organized by the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee (ABAC) in local celebration of Bay State Bike Week.
The family-friendly bike tour will pass on both the Minuteman Bikeway and local roadways, featuring informational stops along the way. This year, the Medford Boat Club has offered us the opportunity to begin and end our ride at the Boat Club on the Mystic Lake.
The tour will start on the Medford side on Mystic Valley Parkway at the Mystic Valley Dam parking lot area, and we will end by accessing the Boat Club from the Arlington side of the Dam.
This year's bike tour will also feature Safe Routes to School (with brief stop at Thompson School site) as well as the new Alewife Greenway path in East Arlington. The bike tour is FREE. Bicycle helmets are required, and all participants will be responsible for their own safety. Bring something to drink.
Meet on Sunday, May 19, at 9:30 a.m. at the Mystic Lake Dam parking lot (between the Lower and Upper Mystic Lakes) off of Mystic Valley Parkway in Medford. (The distance from the High Street/Route 60 rotary to the Dam parking lot is about 0.7 miles on Mystic Valley Parkway in Medford.) For a map of the starting point, see http://tinyurl.com/b3fybrb. The bike tour will end around 11:30am with light refreshments served at the Boat Club area. Steady rain will cancel the bike tour.
Bonus attractions: Mystic River Watershed Association Open House at the Mystic Lakes Dam, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (see the herring and eel running), and the paddlers competing in the 9-mile category of the MyRWA Herring Run who turn around at the dam around noon.
For additional local bicycling events during Bike Week, see baystatebikeweek.org
- Ken Krause