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 Bikeway has increased the numbers of people who walk, bike,
or skate to the Center for commuting to work, shopping, and errands.
This has helped to increase business without an increase in demand for
auto parking spaces in the downtown area. Instead individuals and the
Lexington Friends of the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway have added some
bicycle racks. Businesses may wish to add more.
- The Bikeway is attracting thousands of persons to the town who
would not otherwise visit us. The Minuteman Commuter Bikeway is most
accessible and one of the longest recreational paths in the greater
Boston area. It attracts cyclists and inline-skaters from all over the
- Because it is reasonably smooth (even though the Lexington and Bedford
sections are now 10 years old), and the Arlington portion was recently
repaved, and is fairly level, it is considered one of the best places for
inline skating in the Boston area.
- As the publicity spreads in bicycle and skating publications
across the country, persons are coming from far and wide to enjoy this
bikeway and visit the historic sites along it. To put it another way,
our "floor traffic" has increased significantly.
- Cyclists and inline skaters who are tourists from out of town
spend more time in Lexington than persons who come on a bus tour. This
offers local merchants more of an opportunity to serve them.
- Recreational visitors from the Greater Boston area, who might
never have come here on a bus tour or otherwise, have a chance to
observe that Lexington has a nice choice of restaurants and other shops,
and are likely to return to Lexington at other times to purchase items
more substantial than cold drinks, that may have been their initial
- We now have an asset from the conversion of the old rail bed,
that was formerly an eyesore and a source of trouble.
- Business and real estate advertisements mention proximity to the Bikeway.
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.
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.