Fourteen routes provide 82 miles of convenient ways to bicycle within Lexington. Most have one end the town border on a road that enters a neighboring town. Many have the other end at Lexington Center. Others connect to middle schools. Several use or connect with the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway. Three routes provide connnection with the Minuteman National Historical Park Battle Road and its Battle Road Visitor's Center. Each route has separate cue sheets for the ride in each direction. Each cue sheet lists mileages, actions, and landmarks.
These rides make good use of existing bicycle paths, identified bicycle lanes, and quiet residential streets.
Nearby sites of historic or public interest are included, with instructions how to get there from a landmark on the ride. Many of these sites have links to more information about them.
We thank Bob Sawyer for identifying the routes and preparing these original ride cue sheets.
The Lexington Center end is at the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway by the Jack Eddison Memorial Garden. That link summarizes Jack's many contributions to Lexington. The office of the Lexington Historical Society are located here. A window opening onto the bikeway will provide snacks. A Bulletin board is planned to provide information about the Minuteman Bikeway.
The Historical Society is seeking contributions of memorial bricks, with engraved captions, to be permanently displayed behind the old railroad station. Bike racks will return soon, as part of renewal of the side of the building facing the Bikeway.]
Depot Square (Emery Park -- in front of the station) has had major renovation, nice plantings, and now provides a welcome respite for many.
Each ride cue sheet has a list of legs between landmarks for one direction of a route. Each landmark is typically the name of a cross street, turning road, path on which that leg starts, or significant location.
For each leg both the mileage from the prior landmark to get to it, and the cumulative mileage from the start of the ride are provided.
Bicycle safety is mostly obeying the traffic
laws that apply to vehicles. See Massachusetts Laws Pertaining to Bicyclists.
Lexington Bicycle Safety Program, Inc. for excellent bicycle educational offerings.
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