Bicycle Routes in Lexington, Massachusetts -- 2004-04-04

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.

Bicycle Routes and Rides in Lexington

Length: Ride start first line, finish second line
Ride start second line, finish first line
5.2 mi: Arlington Line on Minuteman Commuter Bikeway
Bedford Line on Minuteman Commuter Bikeway
3.2 mi: Belmont Line on Watertown St
Lexington Center
2.6 mi: Burlington Line on North St
Lexington Center
2.4 mi: Burlington Line on North St
Revere St at Minuteman Commuter Bikeway
2.6 mi: Burlington Line on North St thru Willards Woods
Revere St at Minuteman Commuter Bikeway thru Willards Woods
3.1 mi: Jonas Clarke Middle School passing Lexington High School
William Diamond Middle School passing Lexington High School
0.9 mi: Jonas Clarke Middle School
Old Res
2.7 mi: Lincoln Line on Lincoln St
Lexington Center
1.9 mi: Minuteman National Historical Park East End
Minuteman Commuter Bikeway at Bedford Street
2.5 mi: Minuteman National Historical Park Visitors' Center
Lexington Center via Mass Avenue
4.0 mi: Minuteman National Historical Park Battle Road Visitors' Center
Lexington Center via Old Res and Cambridge Reservoir in Lincoln
3.7 mi: Waltham Line on Walnut St
Lexington Center
3.9 mi: Winchester Line on Winchester Dr
Lexington Center
2.3 mi: Woburn Line on East St
Lexington Center

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.

Ride Cue Sheets

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.

Safety

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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