Bike to the Sea report at Feb. MVDC meeting
- Found this in the MVDC February Meeting Minutes for Telecom City and
thought it might be of interest to people here:
Mayor McGlynn asked the members’ indulgence in taking the agenda out of
order in order to accommodate the schedules of several guests at the
meeting. Mayor McGlynn recognized Mr. Peter Hollands of the Malden
Redevelopment Authority (“MRA”), Project Manager for the MVDC, who
introduced Mr. Stephen Winslow representing the Bike to the Sea Trail,
Inc. for an update on the status of the development of the trail.
Mr. Winslow reported that the Romney administration’s support for the
conversion of surplus rail lines to multi-use paths for pedestrians and
bicyclists had prompted the Mass Bay Transit Authority (“MBTA”) to
accelerate its negotiations with cities along the former Saugus Branch,
which the MBTA owns, to license the Branch for conversion to the Bike to
the Sea Trail from Everett to Lynn. Mr. Winslow stated that the parties
had agreed to focus on a 2 mile stretch of the trail in Everett and
Malden partly abutting the River’s Edge project as the first, “pilot”
activity. He stated that the license/lease agreement between the MBTA
and Everett and Malden was almost finalized and that most of the
financing for both the final design and the construction was in place.
Mr. Winslow noted that before the MVDC meeting, Mr. John J. Preotle,
Jr., Master Developer of the River’s Edge project, had pledged to
disburse an already-committed $17,500 grant to finalize elements of the
ownership and permitting of the trail.
In response to a question from Mr. Christenson, Mr. Winslow stated that
he thought the trail segment might be fully operational within 2-3 years.
Mr. Winslow introduced Dr. Howard Stranger, president of Bike to the
Sea, Inc., who made the case for the health and economic benefits of the
Mr. Winslow introduced Mr. Mark Puleo, who is the part-time Executive
Director of Bike to the Sea, Inc. Mr. Puleo mentioned that the
organization was considering holding a legislative breakfast, hosted by
State Senator Jarrett Barrios in April.
Mayor McGlynn thanked the guests for their report and asked the members
for a motion to accept the report.
After due discussion and upon motion by Mr. Christenson and seconded by
Ms Burke, it was unanimously
VOTED: To accept the report related to Bike to the Sea.