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- Bay Circuit
- 120 miles of the projected 170-200 miles of this hiking trail are open
to the public. When completed, it will encircle Boston from Newburyport to
Duxbury at about the distnace of I-495. Much of the trail is bikable. The
nonprofit Bay Circuit Alliance is coordinating the cooperation of 50 cities
and towns to make this trail possible.
- This trail on abandoned B&M rail right of way in Salem and Marblehead
isn't paved, but it is rideable. The Marblehead section is stonedust which
is hard enough for touring bikes and passes through several conservation areas.
SPIRIT, the Swampscott
Partnership Initiative: Rails Into Trails
is trying to extend the trail eastward into Swampscott, where it would
connect to the high school and the commuter rail station.
- Maudslay State Park
- In Newburyport, this former estate has crushed stone bikepaths along the
biking and walking trails
start at Stage Fort Park Visitor Welcoming Center.
- Border to Boston Bikeway
- Abandoned rail rights-of-way in Peabody and Salem are the
gateway to this truly long-distance trail which could connect Salem
to Salisbury, at the New Hampshire Border. The
North Shore Bikeways Coalition,
a chapter of the Bicycle Coalition of Massachusetts,
is working to develop an on- and off-road bikeway network in
- Newburyport Bikepath
- In August 1997, it was announced that a four-mile trail along two
old rail lines would be built as part of the Newburyport/Newbury line
commuter rail station project. From the train station near the Route 1
traffic circle, the path will follow two abandoned rail spurs, one winding
through the South End and along the waterfront, and the other alongside
Route 1, to the site of the city's former train station on Winter Street.
Connections to Plum Island, Maudslay State Park, and the Border to Boston
Rail Trail are future possibilities.
- The 6.6-mile-long Peabody Bikeway will begin in Peabody Square and parallel
Lowell Street and Russell Street, following the abandoned Boston and Maine
railroad, and will incorporate the Proctor Brook Trail as well. Its construction
will be funded by TEA-21 money administered by the Mass. Highway Dept. It will
connect over 465 acres of publicly owned open space in Peabody, as well as
providing an alternate, car-free route between neighborhoods and shopping areas.
The design calls for a 10-foot wide bituminous concrete path with a 2-foot
crushed stone shoulder on one side and a 5-foot walking path on the other.
The 25% Design Phase public design review is on Tuesday, June 5, 2001 at
7:00 P.M. in F.L. Wiggin Auditorium at Peabody City Hall, 24 Lowell St.
- Essex Railroad Rail-Trail
- This project is being actively promoted by the
North Andover Bicycle Committee,
photos of the
route on their web site.
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