Bike Walk 'n Bus Week

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May 13 - 21, 2017

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 15 - 19
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!

 

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 13 - 21

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 and enjoy some friendly competition between local businesses, universities and communities. Join in this year for prizes, raffles, and the legendary “Bike Bash” celebration held on 5/31.

 


Saturday, May 13

 

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, and the Lexington Police Department, the 4th annual Bike Smart program will be offered this year. This program is a part of Bike Walk ‘n Bus Week in Lexington and is designed for children in 4th and 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.
Location: Lexington Community Center
Pre-Registration: Call the Recreation and Community Programs Department at 781-698-4800, or register online
Fee:  $10 to cover costs of materials
Details:  Helmet and rideable bike required

 


Sunday,
May 14

ACROSS Lexington Bicycle Ride

2:00PM – 4:00PM 
Explore ACROSS Lexington trails by bike! This easy-to-moderate 2-hour ride will take us through a number of Lexington’s most scenic open spaces including Upper and Lower Vinebrook, Cotton Farm and Dunback Meadow, the Old Res, and Lincoln Park. We will travel via town streets, paved bike paths and unpaved walking trails. Be prepared for somewhat rough trail conditions; a bike with sturdy tires for trail riding and helmets are required. Bring water and a snack. 
Depart: Town employee parking lot adjacent to the Minuteman Bikeway crossing at Fletcher Avenue. Bonus points for those who ride their bicycles to this event.
Leaders: Peggy Enders (617-308-8185, peggyenders@gmail.com), Keith Ohmart (781-862-6216, kohmart@verizon.net)

 


Monday, May 15

Lexington Lunchtime Walk: Katahdin Woods

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: Keith Ohmart (781-862-6216, kohmart@verizon.net)

 


Tuesday, May 16

Senior Sneaker Walk

10:00AM - 11:30AM

Join us on this leisurely walk as we explore the historic and scenic byways of Hayden Woods. During our travels we will walk one of the oldest colonial roads in the Commonwealth, take a side trip a short distance off trail to marvel at an unusual example of colonial stone masonry, and visit one of the most perfectly sited stone benches in town. Walking will be on well-graded woods trails with one short steep section and the usual occasional rocks and roots under foot. Sneakers are fine. Don’t forget your walking sticks if you rely on them for balance.
Depart: Rear of 45 Hayden Avenue in the third parking lot on your left opposite the signed Conservation trail entrance.
Leader: Keith Ohmart
Contact: 781-862-6216, kohmart@verizon.net

 

Developing a Walkable Community - What Lexington Can Learn from Japan

7:00PM - 8:45PM
Join us for a community conversation and panel discussion following the documentary screening of The Slow Way Home, an examination of civic engagement and student independence in Japan. 98% of Japanese students walk to school versus 25% locally. Safe Routes To School asks what measures Lexington can adopt to improve community mobility.  
Location: 39 Marrett Road, Lexington Community Center - Room 237 

 

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.

 


Wednesday, May 17

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

 

 

Middle School Learn Lexpress Day

3:00PM – 5:00PM
Town staff will bring Clarke & Diamond middle school students to the Community Center afterschool via Lexpress. A great opportunity to learn more about Lexington’s bus service and visit the new Community Center for pizza, dessert, games, crafts, and prizes.
Pre-Registration Required by May 10th: Call the Recreation and Community Programs Department at 781-698-4800, or register online. Space limited.
Information: 781-861-1210 or lexpress@lexingtonma.gov

 

Lexington Safe Routes to School Walking Wednesday

Today's theme celebrates everything Massachusetts! Connect with your local PTA for more information.

 


Thursday, May 18

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 this week, so come see why so many 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: Worthen Rd opposite LHS, Lincoln Fields parking area, and the Bridge School.

 


Friday,
May 19

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. A bike maintenance technician will also be present to perform quick safety checks and answer questions.
Location: Historic Lexington Depot on the Minuteman Bikeway
Information: (781) 861-1210

 
A Walk Through Lexington's Railroad History

9:30AM
Take a walk with local Lexington historian Sam Doran along and near the Minuteman Bikeway. Hear about the days when the railroad ran through town.
Depart: Lexington Depot (come earlier for the free Commuter Breakfast!)
 

 

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.

 


Saturday, May 20

Extended ACROSS Lexington Walk

2:00PM – 5:00PM
In celebration of Bike Walk Bus Week we are offering the longer distance hiker an extended traverse of ACROSS Lexington routes C&D. This 5+ mile hike passes through two of Lexington’s largest parcels of open space, Whipple Hill Conservation area and Arlington’s Great Meadow, owned by the Town of Arlington but wholly within Lexington; in addition to passing the Arlington Reservoir and the Busa Farm Fields now managed by LexFarm along the way. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water.
Depart: Waldorf School parking lot on Massachusetts Avenue.
Leader: Bob Hausslein, (781-862-9102, rhausslein@rcn.com)

 


Sunday,
May 21

Extended ACROSS Lexington Walk

2:00PM – 5:00PM
In celebration of Bike Walk Bus Week (May 13-21) we are offering the longer distance hiker an extended traverse of ACROSS Lexington routes C&D. This 5+ mile hike passes through two of Lexington’s largest parcels of open space, Whipple Hill Conservation area and Arlington’s Great Meadow, owned by the Town of Arlington but wholly within Lexington; in addition to passing the Arlington Reservoir and the Busa Farm Fields now managed by LexFarm along the way. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water.
Depart: Waldorf School parking lot on Massachusetts Avenue.
Leader: Bob Hausslein, (781-862-9102, rhausslein@rcn.com)

 
Bike Arlington Tour

9:30AM - 11:30AM 

A family-friendly bike tour organized by the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee 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 Heights and travel first into East Lexington with brief stops at Arlington’s Great Meadows, Rindge Park (overlooking the Arlington Reservoir), Lexington Community Farm, and the nearby Goat Yard (with both adult and baby goats). The tour will then continue through Arlington with stops at McClennen Park, Cooke’s Hollow, Mill Brook, and Meadowbrook Park. The tour will end at the Old Schwamb Mill in Arlington Heights with light refreshments. The Mill will be open to visitors with special events and exhibits including "Outtakes: The Photographs of Mark Ostow." ($5 donation is requested to visit and support the Old Schwamb Mill.)

 

Note: Bicycle helmets are required, and all participants will be responsible for their own safety. Bring something to drink. Steady rain will cancel. 

 

Depart: Hurd Field parking lot (off Drake Road, behind Trader Joe’s)

 

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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