Bikeways and Trails
Future Boston Bikeways
Boston Harbor Path
Charles River New Esplanade
Charles River Upstream Paths
Charlestown Waterfront Path
East Boston Greenway
Emerald Necklace Greenway
Neponset River Greenway
South Bay Harbortrail
West Roxbury Linear Park
Existing Boston Bikeways
Metro Boston Bikeways
Cape Cod and the Islands
Last updated April 17, 2006 by
Future Boston Bikeways and Trails
- Charles River Bikepath Harbor Extension
- The Charles River Bikepath can be extended downstream to the
Charles River Dam, at least on the north side. It could then
connect to a Charlestown Waterfront Path to the north and the
Boston Redevelopment Authority's proposed Harbor Walk to the
south. Information about the so-called
New Charles River Basin is available online.
- Charles River Upstream Extension
- The Charles River Bikepath can be extended upstream from Watertown
to Brook Farm in West Roxbury and to the Mother Brook in Dedham. The
MDC is working on the first stage, to Newton Lower Falls. Their
are available online.
- Boston Harbor Path
- The MDC is working on a continuous pathway from
Castle Island in South Boston to Neponset Circle in Dorchester.
The path is complete from Castle Island around Columbia Point, except for
100 feet of grass next to the Kennedy Library, and south along Morrisey
Boulevard, though not all of it is in good shape. Some of the best water
views of Boston are available from the north side of Columbia Point.
There is a bit of path at Victory Road Park, and the MDC is negotiating for
an easement across Boston Gas property which would link this to the
Morrisey Ave. drawbridge, bypassing some awkward expressway ramps.
The path picks up at Tenean Beach in Port Norfolk, and back streets
connect it to the harbor end of the Neponset River Greenway.
- Boston Harbor Walk
- The Boston Redevelopment Authority has studied an almost
continuous public walk from the North End to South Boston. The
new Northern Avenue bridge over Fort Point Channel will have a
bike lane, unless the state Highway Department eliminates it
from the plans. The MDC is working on a continuous pathway from
Castle Island in South Boston to Neponset Circle in Dorchester.
The path is mostly complete around Columbia Point, with the
Kennedy Library remaining a major obstacle.
- Charlestown Waterfront Bikepath
- We have the beginning in the Paul Revere Landing Park, which is
fairly easily connected to the USS Constitution and the Charlestown
Navy Yard, through which bikes, but not cars, can pass. Now the
Boston Redevelopment Authority has to reserve waterfront space to
get bikes and pedestrians to the Broadway (Route 99) Bridge over the
- East Boston Greenway
- An abandoned railroad right-of-way, donated to the Boston Natural Areas
Fund in 1996, connects marshes, beaches, playing fields, Logan Airport,
MBTA stations, and residential areas throughout the East Boston community.
In 2006, ISTEA enhancement money is funding construction a connection from
the completed southernmost half-mile of the trail from Boston Harbor north
to Logan Airport. In the future, the
greenway will be extended to Belle Isle Marsh, on the northern edge of Boston,
next to Revere, largely on MDC-owned land.
- Emerald Necklace Greenway
- MassBike is working on reconnecting Frederick Law Olmsted's original
Emerald Necklace of parks and park ways so bicyclists and pedestrians do
not have to take their lives in their hands as they try to cross the heavy
traffic of the "parkways" along and across this park system which currently
includes closed roads in the Arnold Arboretum
and Franklin Park, the
Jamaicaway Bikepath and the
Muddy River Bikepath.
- Neponset River Greenway
MDC-owned greenspace includes a railroad right-of-way which extends
the harbor in Dorchester to Central Avenue in Milton. It has been
paved and is currently ridable from Port
Norfolk to Central Avenue in Milton, with a wider replacement for
bridge over the river in Dorchester Lower
Mills which was resurfaced by volunteers and the MDC in December 1997.
It includes marshes and the Pope John Paul II Park along the Neponset
Estuary, and connects through Port Norfolk to the MDC's Harbor Path.
The DCR is looking at ways to extend this path up the
Neponset to Readville, where a side spur could easily connect to the
Hills, though bike lanes on the Truman and Neponset Valley Parkways
be the best way to go. Check out our
Neponset River Greenway page
for more information and additional links.
- South Bay Harbortrail
- This 3.5-mile trail will access Inner-City Boston to the Boston Harbor
via Melnea Cass Boulevard and the southern Central Artery and Fort Point
Channel corridors, connecting recreational and employment opportunities
within the emerging South Boston Waterfront District. The South Bay
Harbortrail Coalition, composed of area businesses and institutions as
well as community groups and other non-profit entities, is working to
coordinate construction and design of new highway infrastructure along
the southern reaches of the Central Artery Project. An ISTEA grant
is being used to assist in the planning and development of the trail
Adopted as a pilot project of the "Campaign for the Water's Edge", more
information about Harbortrail is available through Save the Harbor Save the
Bay of Boston,
(617)-451-2860. Groups or individuals interested in joining the SBHT
Coalition may inquire by calling either SHSB or Michael Tyrrell (project
founder and planning chair) at 617-441-7739.
- West Roxbury Linear Park
[Boston Open Space Plan]
- Also known as the Belle Avenue Corridor, this disused railroad
right of way ran from the Star Market on Spring St. to the Dedham
border, very close to the Dedham Mall, until the MBTA sold it off
to abutters in 2006.
Originally, the Dedham Secondary Branch of the Providence and New Haven
line, it was closed in 1941 and later bought by the MBTA, probably at
the same time as they acquired what is now the Needham Commuter Rail line.
It was nearly intact in the city except for a missing bridge over Spring
St. At the Dedham end, it runs into the Super Stop and Shop and is buried
y the parking lot there. The bridge over the Mother Brook is long since gone,
as is the right of way to Dedham Center. The location of the Dedham
station is now the terminus of two trails planned by the Town of Dedham.
The line originally continued on to Providence, but the next part of the
right of way is now buried by US 1. In early 1998, after the Boston and
state park departments refused to by the land, the MBTA expressed
interest in selling off part of the line to developers, but no developers
- This greenway will be on MDC land along the Winthrop side of the Belle Isle
Inlet, eventually connecting the
East Boston Greenway to the ocean at Short Beach.
The greenway is currently a footpath, and paving is not planned, but it is
interesting due to its connections.