Circle the City Bikepath Loop
Sunday, August 5, 2012

To celebrate Boston's third Circle the City event, we'll do a 17-mile circle around a piece of the city almost entirely on existing and future bikepaths and bike lanes. From the Rose Kennedy Greenway, we'll head over the dam to Charlestown, across the new bike/ped bridge to Cambridge and get on the Charles River Path on the Boston side of the river. We'll follow the Charles River Bikepath upstream to the bridge to Silber Way at Boston University and connect to the Emerald Necklace via Park Drive. We'll follow the Muddy River upstream to Arnold Arboretum using some creative interpretations of the Necklace. Leaving the Arboretum, we'll follow Bussey Brook to Stony Brook at Forest Hills, bike through the Orange Line Station and follow the Pierre Lallement Southwest Corridor Bike Path down the Stony Brook valley to Ruggles Station. We'll turn right on the Melnea Cass Bikepath, which is really the beginning of the nascent South Bay Harbor Trail, which takes us all of the way to the Old Northern Avenue Bridge, which takes us right back to the Rose Kennedy Greenway.

This ride is sponsored by the Boston Cyclists Union and the Circle the City project.

[May 12 Preview Ride from Franklin Park]
[June 24 Ride from Franklin Park] [July 15 Dorchester and Roxbury Ride]
[July 15 Corridor, River, and Necklace Ride] [August 5 Bike Path Loop Ride]



  • Where: Meet on the Rose Kennedy Greenway near High St.
  • When: Depart at 10:00 pm, Sunday, August 5, 2012
  • Distance: about 16.8 miles.
  • Pace: Relaxed, probably 6-10 MPH.
  • Terrain: Mostly flat except for hills near and in the Arboretum.
  • Route: Mostly shared-use path and bike lanes with a few roads
  • Leader: Jessica Mink

Maps and Cue sheet

route map
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Getting There


From the west, take Washington to Summer to High St., and follow it through the Financial District to the Greenway. From the North, take Congress St. and turn left at Faneuil Hall to the Greenway.


Take Orange Line to Haymarket Station, go west to the Greenway and south toward High St.

Bailout points

Orange Line stations along the Southwest Corridor.
Greenway map
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