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Old 08-28-2009, 06:22 PM
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I am a new Biker and looking for a shorter(5 mile) and flat route to ride on. Can anyone make a reccommendation?
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Old 08-28-2009, 08:10 PM
Location: Boston, MA
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I am a new Biker and looking for a shorter(5 mile) and flat route to ride on. Can anyone make a reccommendation?
The Minuteman Commuter Bikeway from Alewife T Station to Bedford is a nice choice. It is over 11 miles total but you definitely do not have to ride the whole length. My favorite section is Alewife to Arlington Heights which is approximately 4.5 miles.

The Neponset River Greenway down in Dorchester is another route. It is less than 5 miles long.

Both bikeways are former railroad corridors so they are flat for the most part.
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Old 08-30-2009, 01:35 AM
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Default Some bike routes

Part of the new Bruce Freeman Rail Trail is now open in Chelmsford
Chelmsford Library: Bruce Freeman Rail Trail Opens August 29th, 2009
Methuen Rail Trail (http://methuenrailtrail.blogspot.com/ - broken link)

I'd also recommend the Nashua River Rail Trail from NH Border S Nashua to
Nashua River Rail Trail
Nashua-Pepperill, Groton, to Ayer

There are 6 miles of rail trail complete in the Assabett River Rail Trail
From Marlborough to Hudson -
Assabet River Rail Trail

There's a completed section in Millbury of the Blackstone Bikeway
in Mass
Near Worcester]
that will eventually go from Worcester-Providence
Blackstone River Bikeway: Massachusetts Map (http://www.blackstoneriverbikeway.com/mass_map.php - broken link)
Blackstone River Bikeway: About the Bikeway
Blackstone Bikeway Project
Blackstone River Bikeway - 48 mile bikeway from Providence, Rhode Island to Worcester Massachusetts

There's a great new service called Bikely that can allow you to find bike routes
in an area
or even add your own
Bike Trails, Paths & Routes From Over 40 Countries at Bikely.com

There's a nice bike route from up 1A from Ipswich-Rowley you can ride up to Newburyport-Salisbury and then up to Seabrook, NH, Hampton NH up to Maine.
Eventuallyt hey will have a East Coast Greenway bike path along here
NH Seacoast Greenway

Amesbury has a few miles on the Amesbury Pow Wow River Walk
TrailLink :: Amesbury Riverwalk

Cambridge has some nice bike path bike-lanes and such and traffic tends to generally respect the routes

another good route is up the Alewife Brook parkway from

Between Lincoln-Concord is a nice 6 mile bike path (historical path) with historical markers along the way
through the battle road
Minuteman Historical park
Touring the Park

A good bike route is from Orient Heights Boston (Constitution Beach)
to Winthrop, around Winthrop out to Revere Beach and back

Another good bike ride is out on Nahant around the nahant loop.
(a nice seafood restaurant out there to eat at as well (TIDES).
with good sunset views. (check out the park by the Kelley Greens golf course) on the way and the Nahant Cliffs on the east side.

Another cool bike ride is biking around Salem-and Beverly
you can see many of Salem's sights and cross the beverly-salem bridge into Beverly and continue up into Beverly and up to Rockport-Gloucester if you want or just loop back to Salem

At the end of the Minuteman Bikeway there's about a 3 mile trail that continues north from Bedford Depot. - (by the Pizza places)(a yellow house) across from the parking lot through Bedford to Billerica.
the Narrow Gauge Rail Trail.
TrailLink :: Bedford Narrow Gauge Rail Trail
at the intersection of this trail with Sweetwater pl. you turn R and go by Fawn Lake and go straight on a cut through trail to Fawn Circle and then Turn R on Springs Rd in Bedford. From here you follow Springs road back which has a nice side-walk bike path along the way through the woods, and then ends up alongside the VA hospital. and ends up back back at the Springs Rd. crossing of the Bike path :-) a nice loop ride.

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