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Working for Bike Safety and Safe Places to Ride

Promoting the development of The Northern Strand Community Trail A bicycle and pedestrian trail through the communities of Everett - Malden - Revere Saugus - Lynn

www.biketothesea.com

March 2012

B2C!President:!Jim!Tozza ! Board!members:! Gus!Fish, !Janet!Green, ! Clay!Larsen,! Jennifer!McA llister,!Ginny! Mullen,!Kathleen ! ! Karyl!Stoia,!Pete!Sutton,Sandra! Tozza,!Steve!Winslow!! ! Sp kes&edited& by&Jennifer&McAllister !

! Karyl!Stoia,!Pete!Sutton,Sandra! Tozza,!Steve!Winslow!! ! Sp kes&edited& by&Jennifer&McAllister ! !

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Sp kes&edited& by&Jennifer&McAllister ! ! ! ! Saugus!Board!of!Selectman!Votes!to!Proceed!with!Trail !

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Saugus!Board!of!Selectman!Votes!to!Proceed!with!Trail !

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! The$Town$of$Saugus$Board$of$Selectmen$voted$ unanimously,$5$votes$to$none$in$favor$of$
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The$Town$of$Saugus$Board$of$Selectmen$voted$
unanimously,$5$votes$to$none$in$favor$of$
proceeding$with$the$2.6$miles$of$the$Northern$
Strand$Trail$in$Saugus.$The$vote$came$after$a$
public$hearing$in$January$attended$by$Jim$
Tozza,$Saugus$Reside nt$and$President$of$Bike$
to$the$Sea,$Joe$Hattrup$of$Iron$Horse$
Preservation$Society,$Clay$Larsen,$Bike$to$the$
Sea$Project$Manager$and$many$other$Bike$to$
the$Sea$trail$supporters.$$
and$Iron$Horse$will$then$remove$the$tracks$
and$ties$and$construct$the$trail .$Thanks$so$
much$to$Board$of$Selectmen$members$and$all$
those$who$came$out$to$speak$in$favor$of$the$
trail.$If$all$goes$smoothly$with$the$wetlands$
permitting$the$trail$will$be$under$construction$
this$summer$with$the$objective$of$completing$
this$section$by$October$15,$2012.$$
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B2C$will$need$volunteers$this$spring$for$a$trail$
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The$Town$of$Saugus$will$now$sign$the$lease$
agreement$with$the$MBTA$that$wil l$allow$the$
trail$to$proceed.$Bike$to$the$Sea$and$Iron$
undertake$the$wetlands$permitting$of$the$trail$
cleanOup$and$also$plans$to$hold$a$
neighborhood$meeting$to$display$the$lay Oout$
of$the$trail$for$the$community.$$
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B2C$board$members$continue$to$discuss$the$
development$of$the$trail$with$the$C ities$of$
Revere$and$Lynn.$$
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! Clean Jups!Along!the!Trail!Planned ! ! Bike$to$Sea$will$be$ sponsoring $ three$ trail$ clean$

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Clean Jups!Along!the!Trail!Planned !

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Bike$to$Sea$will$be$ sponsoring $ three$ trail$ clean$

Bryant$Street$in$Ward$5.$

common$perennial$border$and$a$sitting$and$

ups$in$March$and$April.$$The$first$is$planned$

gathering$space.$

for$Saturday$March$24 th $ from$the$9am$to$

12pm$and$supports$the$$Railroad$Aven ue$ Community$Garden$being$developed$by$the$ City$of$Malden$along$the$Northern$Strand$ Community$Trail$near$Railroad$Avenue$and$

Additional$CleanOup$dates:$ O$ April$$$21st$$Everett:$Rain$Garden$Planting$$ behind$the$Madeline$English$school. $ O$ April$$$28th$$Malden:$ Clean$up$along$Canal$ Street$

When$complete$the$garden$will$have$multiple$ individual$garden$plots,$space$for$student$ from$Malden$School s$to$garden$and$learn$ about$science$and$horticulture,$a$large$

To$join$the$cleanOups$or$for$more$information$ Contact$Clay$Larson$at$ claylars@gmail.com .$$ page$for$more$information$regarding$trail$ cleanOups.$

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Bike!to!the!Sea!President!Jim!Tozza!named!to!the!

Governors!Bike !&!Pedestrian!Advisory!Board !

Bicycle$and$Pedestrian$Advisory$Board$tha t$helps$shape$state$policies$and$priorities$for$bicycle$and$ pedestrians$at$the$Massachusetts$Department$of$Transportation.$ $

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SAVE!THE!DATE:!June!3 rd !2012 !

Volunteer$for$our$20 th $ Anniversary$Bike$to$the$Sea$Ride$/$Celebration;$June$3 rd $

th $ Anniversary$ride$on$ Sunday$June$3 rd ,$2012$will$be$the$first$to$

You$may$register$at$active.com.$To$celebrate$ our$20 th $ ing$

commemorative$bicycle$bells$for$$50.00.$

under$development.$The$ride$this$year$will$

Proceeds$will$provide$further$funds$for$trail$

begin$on$the$newly$completed$Everett$section$

improvements.$$

of$the$train$near$Thomas$Rossetti $Park$off$

Airport$Road$in$Everett.$The$ribbon$cutting$

Volunteers$are$needed$to$help$register$and$

ceremony$for$the$trail$will$start$at$8:30$am$

safely$marshall$riders.$For$more$information$

with$the$Bike$to$the$Sea$ride$commencing$

please$contact$Jennifer$McAllister$at$

immediately$after$the$ribbon$cutting.$$

jmcallister18@gmail.com. $$$

Sunday$May$20 th $ at$9:00$am$sharp$from$One$

Air$Force$Road$in$Everett.$$

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!! Three!Spring!Rides!Planned !

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Bike$to$the$Sea$will$be$leading$three$separate$ rides$ this$ spring,$ o ffering$ up$ new$ routes$ and$ different$surroundings$each$time.$$$$

festiv ities.$ $The$ ride$ begins$ at$ the$ Blessing$ of$ the$ Bay$ Boathouse$ parking$ lot$ in$ Somerville$ and$ proceeds$ along$ both$ sides$ of$ the$ Mystic$

and$Draw$7$Park.$$Plan$on$one$and$1/2$hours.$$

River$through$Somerville$and$Medford.$$From$

$ 10$ a.m.$ $ This$ water O themed$ ride$ will$ feature$ three$new$trails,$one$recently$completed$ O$ the$ Alewife$ Brook$ Greenway$ Trail$ in$ Arlington,$ and$ two$ in$ development$ O$ the$ Fitchburg$ Cut O off$Bikepath$in$Cambridge$and$the$Watertown$ Greenway.$$The$ ride$begins$at$ the$Blessing$of$

River$ and$ head$ north$ exploring$ the $ recently$ built$ Everett$ section$ of$ the$ Northern$ Strand$ Community$ Trail.$ $ We'll$ then$ return$ to$ the$ Boathouse$ via$ Route$ 28$ and$ if$ time$ permits,$ explore$the$trail$system$near$Assembly$Square$

the$ Bay$ Boathouse$ parking$ lot$ in$ Somerville$

Steady$rain$cancels$th e$event.$

and$ continues$ along$ the$ Mystic$ River$ paths$

through$ Medford$ Square$ en$ route$ to$ the$

Ride$#$3.$$Bike$to$the$Sea$Day.$$Sunday,$June$3.$$

Alew ife$ Brook$ Greenway.$ From$ the$ Fitchburg$ Cutoff$Bikepath,$we'll$travel$along$local$streets$ to$ the$ Watertown$ Greenway,$ eventually$ making$ our$ way$ back$ along$ the$ Charles$ River$ paths$ on$ Greenough$ Boulevard,$ Memorial$ Drive$ and$ Vassar$ Street.$ $ Plan$ on$ two$ hours.$$ Steady$rain$cancels$the$event.$ $

9$a.m.$$This$is$our$big$annual$event,$ featuring$ 10$and$18$mile$ rides$ from$Everett$ to$Nahant.$$ This$ year's$ ride$ will$ begin$ at$ the$ Madeline$ English$ School$ in$ Everett$ and$ then$ continue$ along$ complete d$ sections$ of$ the$ Northern$ Strand$ Community$ Trail$ in$ Everett$ and$ Malden,$finishing$along$roads$that$parallel$the$ future$Bike$to$Sea$shared Ouse$path.$$Plan$on$3$

Ride$#$2.$$Mystic$River$Herring$Run$&$Paddle.$$

hours.$$Rain$or$shine.$$

Sunday,$ May$ 20.$ $ 11$ a.m.$ $ As$ part$ of$ the$

Mystic$ River$ Watershed$ Association's$ annual$ road$and$boat$ race,$Bike$ to$ the$Sea$has$been$

For$ more$ info,$ contact$ Pete$ Sutton$ at$ beausutt@hotmail.com .$

invited$ to$ lead$ a$ ride$ as$ part$ of$ day's$

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Bike!and!Pedestrian!Amendment!to!Federal! Transportation!Bill!Fails !

By& Jim&Tozza &

Unfortunately,$by$a$vote$of$27$ to$29,$ the$U.S.$ House$ of$ Representatives$ Transportation$ and$

Infrastructure$ Committee$ voted$ down$ the$ bipartisan$ Petri/Johnson/Lipinski$ amendment$

that$would$have$fixed$many$of$the$deficiencies$

in$the$House$transportation$bill,$particularly$as$

they$

Enhancements$ and$ Safe$ Routes$ to$ School$ programs.$

Transportation$

relate$

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past$few$days$about$this$amendment,$made$a$ strong$ and$ powerful$ statement$ that$ Americans$ from$ all$ across$ the$ country$ want,$ need,$ and$ deserve,$ more$ trails$ and$ walking$ and$bicycling$opportunities. $

Top$Six$Problems$the$bill$would$have$fixed:$

$ Please$ know$ that$ this$ is$ just$ one$ step$ in$ the$

legislat ive$ process$ and$ there$ are$ many$ steps$

1.$Safe$Routes$to$School$is$gone.$

to$ go$ before$ any$ transportation$ bill$ could$

2.$ The$ Congestion$ Mitigation$ Air$ Quality$ program$ (CMAQ)$ is$ less$ likely$ to$ support$ pedestrian,$bicycle,$and$ transit$improvements$ because$air$quality$is$no$longer$ the$operative$

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become$ law each$ of$ which$ provides$ opportunities$ for$ us$ to$ restore$ funding$ for$ walking,$Safe$Routes$to$School,$and$bicycling.$I$ will$ keep$ you$ informed$ about$ the$ ways$ in$ which$ yo u$ can$ help$ advocate$ for$ these$ most$

$ 3.$ States$ are$ no$ longer$ required$ to$ maintain$ safe$bridge$access$for$bicycles. $

basic$and$healthy$forms$of$transportation.$$

4.$Pedestrian$and$bicycle$coordinators$in$state$

DOTs$are$eliminated.$ 5.$ Eliminates$ the$ requirement$ that$ rumble$ mobility$ o f$ bicyclists,$ pedestrians$ or$ the$ $ 6.$ Eliminates$ language$ that$ specifically$ includes$traffic$calming$and$improvements$for$ pedObike$safety$as$eligible$HSIP$projects.$

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But$ all$ is$ not$ lost.$ $ Those$ of$ you$ who$ have$ contacted$ their$ representatives$ durin g$ the$

I$have$written$to$John$Kerry$and$Senator$Scott$ Brown$to$see$if$they$can$reword$the$bill$so$all$ is$ not$ lost.$I$ had$ stated$ in$my$ letter$ that$If$ it$ pendent$on$the$ insulin$for$diabetes$and$now$I$am$only$on$one$ pill$a$day$and$my$blood$count$has$been$good$ because$of$biking.$$$If$you$have$had$any$health$ problems,$ and$ biking$ or$ exercise$ has$ helped$ benefit$ you,$ please$ let$ your$ Congressmen$ know$ so$ that$ they$ can$ see$ even$more$ of$ the$ benefits$ to$ be$ gained$ by$ rewording$ this$ Transportation$bill.$$

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& Local!News:Bike!Cages!in!Malden!&!Bike!Study!in!Melrose !

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Bicycle$Cages$Coming$to$Malden$and$Oak$

Grove$MBTA$Stations$

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Charlie$Card$and$also$include$video$cameras.$

Bicycle$cages$at$Alewife$Station$at$the$end$of$

the$Minuteman$Trail$have$been$very$popular.$

The$MBTA$has$begun$constru ction$of$bicycle$

cages$for$use$of$local$residents$bicycling$to$ Malden$and$Oak$Grove$MBTA$stations.$

Study$calls$for$Bicycle$Accommodations$Along$ Main$Street$in$Melrose$&$Wakefield $

Despite$the$large$increase$in$the$number$of$

bicycle$racks$at$these$station,$bicycle$thefts$

The$Metropoloitan$Area$Planning$Council$has$

occur$at$these$stations$along$with$vandalism$

completed$an$8$month$study$of$the$Main$

such$as$thefts$of$sea ts$and$wheels.$The$bicycle$

Street$corridor$thru$Melrose,$Wakefield$and$

cages$will$create$more$security$against$theft$

Reading$that$calls$for$more$bicycle$lanes$and$

by$requiring$those$entering$to$have$a$Bicycle$

sharrows$and$more$parking$along$the$route.$

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Upcoming!Events!

Saturday March 24, 2012: Clean up at Rail Road Avenue, Malden MA, 9am 12pm

Sunday April 1, 2012:

Saturday April

21, 2012: Rain Garden Planting behind the Madeline English school in Everett, MA.

Saturday April

28, 2012: Clean up along Canal Street in Malden, MA.

Sunday May 20, 2012: , 9am and Mystic River Herring Ride, 11am

Sunday June 3, 2012: 20 th Annual Bike to Sea Day, 8:30am

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Networking!Notes!

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Mass Bike www.massbike.org North shore Cyclists www.nscyc.org Winthrop Greenway www.friendsofbelleislemarsh.org/greenway Friends of the Community Paths www.pathfriends.org Malden Rotary Club www.maldenrotary.org Mystic River Watershed Association www.mysticriver.org Friends of the Everett Waterfront Saugus River Watershed Council www.saugusriver.org Friends of the Middlesex Fells www.fells.org Friends of the Lynn Woods www.flw.org Saugus Action Volunteers for the Environment www.saugus.org/SAVE/ Friends of Breakheart Reservation www.saugus.org/FOBR/ Rails to Trails http://www.railtrails.org/ Livable Streets http://www.livablestreets.info JRA Cycles, Medford: http://www.jracycles.com/ http://www.landrys.com North Shore Cycle, Lynn: http://nscycles.com/index.cfm Paramount Cycle, Somerville: http://www.paramountbicycle.com/home.html Ace Wheelworks, Somerville: http://www.wheelworks.com/ Park Street Cycle, Somerville: http://www.parksales.com/ Broadway Bicycle School, Cambridge: http://broadwaybicycleschool.com/ City Cycle Incorporated, Stoneham (781) 438-0358 &

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Please give this to a friend or neighbor who might want to:
Join Bike to the Sea and Help support The Northern Strand Community Trail
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