Bike Walk 'n Bus Week

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May 14 - 22, 2016

 

Bike Walk n Bus Week - Promoting healthy, sustainable, and safe transportation options. Every year in May the Town schedules a week of free events including historic walks, guided bike rides, free Lexpress rides, and more! This event is organized by the Bicycle Advisory Committee, Greenways Corridor Committee, and Safe Routes to School Committee, in conjunction with Town staff to celebrate the many alternative transportation resources available in town.

Schedule of Events

Note: Rain will cancel outdoor events

Week Long
Events

Lexpress Bike & Ride Free

6:30AM - 6:30PM
Did you know that all Lexpress buses now have bike racks? Try them out! Bring your bike on Lexpress today and ride for FREE.
Information: www.lexpress.us or 781-861-1210

 

Ride the REV shuttle for FREE to/from Alewife Station

May 16-20
The 128 Business Council REV shuttle is providing free service during Bike Walk n Bus Week. Hop on at Depot Square at 7:15AM or 8:30AM. Return from Alewife Station at 4:57PM or 6:27PM.

 

Find Your Biking and Walking Way Around Lexington!

Look for special green and white signs in the Library, at the Depot Lexpress Bus Stop, and other popular spots around town that provide walking and biking and travel times or mileage. It may be easier to get there on foot or by bike than you think!

 

Free Bike Safety Checks

May 16 - 20
3:00 - 5:00PM

Wonder if your tires are worn out? What about your brakes? The Ride Studio Café mechanic will go over your tires, bolts, chain, gears, brakes, etc.
Location: Ride Studio Café, 1720 Mass Ave, Lexington Center

 

Bay State Bike Week

May 14-22
Bay State Bike Week is an annual celebration of human-powered, two-wheeled transportation.

 

MassCommute Bicycle Challenge

May 14-22
Help promote cycling as a healthy, inexpensive, and eco-friendly form of transportation. Join the Challenge! It’s fun, easy and FREE for anyone who lives or works in Massachusetts. Log all of the miles you ride during Bay State Bike Week (May 14 - 22, 2016) and enjoy some friendly competition between local businesses, universities and communities. Join in this year for prizes, raffles, and a legendary “Bike Bash” celebration!

 


Saturday, May 14

Bike Art Contest @ ArtsOffroad Celebrating the Arts and the Great Outdoors 

10:00AM – 4:00PM

Find yourself an old bike, or some bike parts and get creative! Or get your current bike and spruce it up with some paint, needlework, or recycled materials and enter it in Lexington’s Bike Art Contest.  Bikes should be delivered to the Lexington Visitors’ Center at 10:00AM on Saturday, May 14th.  Judging will happen at 11:00AM, and prizes will be awarded at 3:00PM that afternoon in 3 categories: Child (up to age 10), Youth (11 - 17), and Adult (18 y.o.+). A bike corral will be provided, but don’t forget to bring a bike lock! ArtsOffroad has events all day with art installations, music, dance and a rock band at 3:00PM.  
Location: Lexington Visitors’ Center
More information https://blog.artslexington.org/

Contact: Lexington Council for the Arts, artscouncil@lexingtonma.gov

 

CLC Walk - Invasive Plant Identification

10:00AM – 11:30AM
Plants are plants, right? Wrong! Find out why. Come on a walk in Dunback Meadow to identify some of the more common invasive plants and trees inhabiting our town and perhaps your backyard. Karen Longeteig has been studying invasive species and landscape design for 15 years, and will share some of her tips for dealing with these aliens. Rain date May 21st.
Location: Park on Allen Street off of Waltham Street opposite the stone gateway lions.
Leader: Karen Longeteig (781-862-4094, karen.longeteig@gmail.com)

 

Bike Maintenance Workshop

1:00PM – 4:00PM
Please join us at the Lexington Community Center to attend an instructional session with Galen Mook of Landry’s Bicycles. Learn the simple “know how” of the bicycle with topics that address preventing mechanical failure including changing a flat tire, tightening brakes and keeping the chain and drivetrain clean and functional. Attendees will come away with both tools and knowledge to maintain their bicycle. Time for brief one-on-one consultations will be available. Participants should bring their own bikes.
Location: Lexington Community Center

 

Bike Smart Program

2:00PM – 4:00PM
In partnership with the Lexington Bicycle Advisory Committee, the Friends of Lexington Bikeways, the Lexington Police Department the 3rd annual Bike Smart Program will be offered this year. The program is designed for children in 4th or 5th grade. Bike Smart classes build rider confidence, whether riding for fun or transportation. Students will learn how to evaluate if their bicycle is safe to ride, proper helmet fit, bicycle handling techniques, signaling, and additional biking skills. Helmet and rideable bike required
Location: Lexington Community Center
Registration: Call the Recreation and Community Programs Department at 781-698-4800, or register online
Fee: $5 to cover costs of materials

 


Sunday,
May 15

Estabrook Run of the Mill 5K

9:30AM
The Estabrook PTA is proud to sponsor its 8th annual Run of the Mill! All families and friends of Estabrook School are invited to join in this healthy, fun and exciting community event. To kick off the day, we will begin with the Jim Banks Kids Fun Run, followed by the main event, the 5K Run/Walk.

 

BIKE-Arlington Tour

9:30AM - Noon
The annual BIKE-Arlington Tour is an easy-paced bicycle tour around town organized by the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee in local celebration of Bay State Bike Week. The family-friendly bike tour will pass on both the Minuteman Bikeway and local roadways, featuring informational stops along the way. This year’s community bike tour will meet in Arlington Center and feature brief stops at the renovated Central Fire Station, the Gibbs School, the Alewife Station area (to point out bikeway connections), and the Alewife Brook Reservation. Along the way, the tour will travel on the new bike lanes on Mass Ave in East Arlington as well as part of the Alewife Brook Greenway path. The BIKE-Arlington will conclude with a reception hosted at the Regent Theatre (lower level), which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The bike tour is FREE. Bicycle helmets are required, and all participants will be responsible for their own safety. Bring something to drink. Steady rain will cancel the bike tour.

Depart: Arlington Center, behind the Jefferson Cutter House in the large municipal parking lot (northeast corner of Mass Ave and Mystic St)

 


Monday, May 16

Lexington Public Schools bus registration deadline

Best pricing and guaranteed seating for bus registrations received by the May 16th deadline. Call 781-861-2580 Ext. 2 for more info.

 

Katahdin Woods Walk

Noon – 1:00PM
Explore the trail network of Lexington's Katahdin Woods Conservation property. Evidence of Lexington's last glacial event will be pointed out as we explore the trail system of this popular noon-time trail running destination. Bring a pair of binoculars as it will be the height of spring migration and you can never tell what seasonal bird species we may find along the way.
Depart: Meet at the far end of the 110 Hartwell Ave parking lot.

Leaders: Eileen Entin & Keith Ohmart (781-862-6216, kohmart@verizon.net)

 


Tuesday, May 17

Silver Sneaker Walk

10:00AM
Explore walking opportunities from the new Community Center. Complete a leisurely 2 mile loop that will include a foray into Dunback Meadow and a traverse of the Cotton Farm and Upper Vine Brook Conservation properties, utilizing sidewalks, quiet streets and graded footpaths along the way.
Depart: Entrance to the Community Center, 39 Marrett Road
Leader: Keith Ohmart (781-862-6216, kohmart@verizon.net)

 


Wednesday, May 18

Massachusetts Safe Routes to School Day

Celebrating Massachusetts Walk & Bike to School Day.

 
Free Rides on Lexpress

6:30AM - 6:30PM
If you’ve yet to ride Lexpress, Lexington’s own community bus service, try it today for FREE. If you're one of our regulars, thanks for riding with us. Your fare’s on us today!
Information: www.lexpress.us or 781-861-1210

 


Thursday, May 19

LPS School Bus Open House

1:30PM - 3:00PM
Hop aboard and explore today's school bus! A school bus will be parked on Worthen Road so you can discover why it is the safest mode of school transportation. The best price for subsidized registration and guaranteed seating ends May 16 so come and see why 43% of Lexington's students ride the bus!
Location: Worthen Road, along parcourse route

 
Parcourse Exploration

1:30PM - 3:00PM
Discover Lexington's "hidden gem" stroller and child friendly parcourse! This self-guided walk includes boardwalks and paths intermingled with outdoor exercise-stations that weave around the Lincoln Fields beginning at Worthen Rd opposite LHS and end at Middleby Rd near the Bridge School.
Location: Look for the balloons along Worthen Rd opposite LHS, Lincoln Fields parking area, and the Bridge School.

 


Friday,
May 20

National Bike to Work Day

National Bike Month includes an ever-expanding diversity of events in communities nationwide — but the biggest day of the month is Bike to Work Day. 40% of all trips in the U.S. are less than two miles, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get to work. With increased interest in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation options, it’s not surprising that, from 2000 to 2013, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 62 percent.

 
Annual Commuter Breakfast on the Bikeway

6:30AM - 9:30AM
Walking, biking, or taking transit to work? Stop by for a free breakfast, coffee and giveaways at the Depot building in Town Center. It doesn't matter how short or far your commute is - come by foot, bike, or bus and enjoy some tasty fare before you head off to work or school. Representatives from some healthy and sustainable organizations in Lexington will be on hand to greet you and hand out freebies.
Location: Historic Lexington Depot on the Minuteman Bikeway
Information: (781) 861-1210

 
Lexington Center Walking Tour

9:30AM
Join architect and Lexington resident Mark Connor for a walking tour of Lexington Center and insights into the design of our current streetscape. Free and open to the public courtesy of the Lexington Historical Society.
Depart: Leave from the Commuter Breakfast at the Lexington Depot
Information: http://www.lexingtonhistory.org/events.html

 


Saturday, May 21

Ladies' Ride Out: Building Biking Confidence

10:00AM - Noon 
With the help of instructor Nicole Waxmonsky, build confidence on a bicycle, whether riding for transportation, sport or fun.  In the 30-45 minute discussion portion, we will share tips on negotiating intersections, navigating lane position, and talk about proper bike fit, including saddle comfort.  During the balance of the morning, participants will learn how to fix a flat tire and, if time permits, learn some other basic bike maintenance.  Participants should bring a bike wheel for hands-on practice (or bring your whole bike and learn how to remove your wheel!).  

Following the morning program, Laurel Carpenter will coordinate an optional lunch in Lexington Center.  Then join the social bike ride leaving from the Lexington Depot at 1 pm!  Jennifer Melot will lead a 5-10 mile ride (route TBA).  Details about the “Lexington Bike Parade” ride are at: http://lexbikeparade.org/.

Location: Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road

Pre-Register: by calling the Lexington Community Center at 781-698-4870

 
Lexington Bike Parade

1:00PM
Theme: Spring! Feel free to decorate yourself or your bike with whatever spring brings to mind. A social ride of 5-10 miles (route TBA). Families welcome! Helmets required. We'll stop for ice cream at the end of the ride.
Depart: Behind the Lexington Depot (Bikeway side)
Information: http://lexbikeparade.org/  

 


Sunday,
May 22

ACROSS Lexington Route E Walk

1:30PM – 3:30PM
ACROSS Lexington's new Route E, a 4.3 mile loop, traverses Lincoln Park and two Town conservation parcels, the Poor Farm and Meagherville, while skirting the Pine Meadow Golf Course. Learn how the Poor Farm got its name and a bit of the history of the 97 acre Meagherville property. Heavy rain cancels.
Depart: The Lexington Depot
Leaders: Eileen Entin (eileenhome@gmail.com)

 

 

Did you know?...

  • There are approximately ninety-four miles of sidewalk, five miles of bike and shared lane pavement markings as well as the nationally recognized Minuteman Bikeway currently serving the community.
  • Lexington is also served by MBTA bus routes 62 & 76, along with various commuter shuttles run by the 128 Business Council, Lincoln Labs, and Avalon Bay Lexington Hills.
  • The Town operated Lexpress bus service is one of the longest running community bus programs in the Northeast and provides approximately 86,000 rides per year!

Town staff work with various committee members to maintain, improve and expand these facilities, recognizing the importance of supporting these active forms of transport.

Find out more about the various transportation facilities and services serving your community.

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