Bicycle Users' Impact on Lexington Businesses

Many people use the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway, and the network of fourteen bicycle routes to come to Lexington Center from throughout town, and from all bordering towns. They also come to the neighborhood shopping areas. These routes are convenient and safe, so the users choose to leave their cars at home.

Consumers arriving on these routes are well served by the offerings of most businesses in Lexington. They provide services such as snacks, meals, gifts, books, and sundries, not large goods. Lexington also provides banking, medical care, and many other professional services, for which there is no need for a car as transportation.

Many bicycle riders are from surrounding towns, or even distant ones, The bicycle routes make access easier for them. These routes having a positive effect on Lexington. On weekends about half the traffic on the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway comes from towns other than Lexington, Bedford, or Arlington. We welcome these new potential customers who would otherwise stay closer to home.

The Minuteman Commuter Bikeway is an important success story for the alternative transportation movement. That movement is gaining momentum, enhancing the modern image of Lexington for others, as well as respecting our historical heritage. It brings business to Lexington.

The Lexington Chamber of Commerce provides information for visitors, citizens, and businesses in Lexington. It sponsors events for the citizens, including Discovery Day in May.

See the Visitors' Center, adjacent to the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway, where you can get information about Lexington businesses, fliers about Lexington, and a bicycle map of the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway.