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Bicycle Advisory Committee

Greenways Corridor Committee

Friends of Lexington Bikeways

Lexington Public School Transportation

Planning Department

Revolutionary Revelry

Safe Routes to School

Transportation Division

 

Bike Walk 'N Bus Week logo

Promoting healthy, sustainable, and safe transportation options

 

2015 Schedule: Friday, May 8 - Sunday, May 17 

Weeklong Events Monday, May 11 Friday, May 15
Friday, May 8 Tuesday, May 12 Saturday, May 16
Saturday, May 9 Wednesday, May 13 Sunday, May 17
Sunday, May 10 Thursday, May 14  

Time to dust off those sneakers, pump up your bike tires, and have some fun! A number of free events are being planned for this week including historic walks, guided bike rides, free Lexpress rides, and more! This event is being 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.

 

MAY 8

Friday 

Friday Night Bike
5:30PM - 7:30PM
Ride through Lexington, Lincoln, Concord. Stop for beverages afterward at Vine Brook Tavern, Lexington Center. Moderate Pace (15-18 mph). Helmets required.
Depart: Ride Studio Café, 1720 Mass Ave
Leader: Aaron Ladd

MAY 9

Saturday

Warbler Walk in Lower Vine Brook                              
A Citizens for Lexington Conservation Walk

8:00AM – 10:00AM                         
Check out the spring warbler migration in the Lower Vine Brook conservation area. Warblers are small, beautiful tropical birds that come north to breed. Many different species of warbler stop off in this sheltered area on their way to the forests in northern New England and Canada. In the spring, depending on the weather and the foliage, you can sometimes find a dozen species in a morning.
Details: Children with adults are welcome. Bring warm clothes, boots if it’s wet, binoculars, and a bird book. No dogs. More than light rain or lightning will cancel the event.  
Depart: 116 Vine Street; call if you are lost.
Leader: Harry West (hwest2020(at)gmail.com; 617-461-9500 mobile)
 

Ladies' Ride Out: Building Biking Confidence
10:00AM - Noon
Ladies, join us at Ladies Ride Out: Building Biking Confidence on Saturday, May 9 at 10AM. With the help of instructor Nicole Waxmonsky, we will build confidence on a bicycle, whether riding for transportation, sport or fun.  In the 45 minute classroom discussion portion, we will share tips on negotiating intersections, navigating lane position, and provide tips on proper bike fit, including saddle comfort.  During the second half of the morning, participants will learn some basic bike maintenance by working on their own bicycles (or helping others) to fix a flat tire, lube a chain, learn to replace brake pads, and test bike and saddle fit.   Co-sponsored by the Friends of Lexington Bikeways and Cary Memorial Library.
Register for this program by signing up on the Cary Library events calendar (carylibrary.org) or by calling the reference desk at 781-862-6288 ext 250. Registration open now.

MAY 10

Sunday

Loop Around Lexington Bike Ride
1:30PM
A casual ride mostly through the rolling backroads of Lexington, including a short section of single track. Suitable for casual riders 13 years and older. 11 miles (8–10 mph). Helmets required. Rain cancels.
Depart: Behind Lexington Visitor Center next to the Bikeway
Leader: Bob Dangel

MAY 11

Monday

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.
Info: www.lexpress.us or 781-861-1210
 

Parker Meadow Walk
Noon - 1:00PM
Explore Parker Meadow, one of Lexington’s Conservation jewels, offering meadow, forest edge and a pond, located just a short distance from Lexington Center. Bring binoculars if you have them as it will be the height of spring migration with the chance to identify several warbler species that pass through Massachusetts on their way north to their breeding grounds.
Depart: Meet at the entrance to the Bikeway in the parking lot behind the fire station on Bedford Street at Camellia Way.
Leader: Keith Ohmart (781-862-6216, kohmart(at)verizon.net)

MAY 12

Tuesday

Silver Sneaker Walk
9:00AM
Find your way to Cotton Farm, one of Lexington’s newest Conservation parcels and prime picnic spots, on this leisurely 2.5 mile loop walk utilizing the Minuteman Bikeway and quiet streets to reach your destination.
Depart: Lobby of the Senior Center, 1475 Massachusetts Avenue.
Leader: Bob Hausslein (781-862-9102, rhausslein(at)rcn.com)

MAY 13

Wednesday

Safe Routes to School Walking Wednesdays
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

MAY 14

Thursday

ACROSS Lexington Routes C & D Walk
4:00PM
Guided walk on ACROSS Lexington’s newest routes. There will be an option part way through the walk to stay on Route C for an earlier return around 5:30PM, or branch off to Route D with an estimated return of 6:30PM for those who want the full experience.
Depart: Minuteman Bikeway parking lot off Bow Street
Leaders: Eileen Entin (781-862-6418, eileenhome(at)gmail.com)
               Bob Hausslein (781-862-9102, rhausslein(at)rcn.com)
 

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.
Parking: Look for the balloons along Worthen Rd opposite LHS, Lincoln Fields parking area, and the Bridge School.
 

Sidewalk Sam Chalk Event
1:30PM - 3:00PM
Come decorate the ground we walk on! Safe Routes to School invites artists of all ages to transform the sidewalk in front of the Worthen Road fitness course into a world of whimsy as we pay tribute to local graphic artist Sidewalk Sam. Chalk will be provided.
Parking: Look for the balloons along Worthen Rd opposite LHS, Lincoln Fields parking area, and the Bridge School.
 

2nd Annual BIKE SMART for 5th Graders
1:30PM - 3:00PM
The Recreation Department, in partnership with the Lexington Bicycle Advisory Committee, the Friends of Lexington Bikeways and the Lexington Police Department is offering a Bike Smart program for all 5th graders in Lexington. 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. The class will be led by an experienced and certified instructor, who, along with local volunteers, will be on hand to teach kids basic bike safety tips and then provide a chance to practice street skills that will make them better, safer riders when they’re ready to ride on the road. 
Location: Bridge School Playground
Registration: Call the Recreation Department at 781-698-4800, or register online at lexingtonma.gov/recreationdepartment.cfm
Fee:  $5 to cover costs of materials
Details:  Helmet and rideable bike required.

MAY 15

Friday

National Bike to Work Day
 

2nd 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.  At 8AM MassBike Executive Director Richard Fries will lead a bike convoy to Boston and City Hall Plaza!
Location: Historic Lexington Depot on the Minuteman Bikeway, 13 Depot Square
Information: 781-861-1210
 

Bike to Boston Commuter Convoy - CANCELED
Depart: Leave from the Commuter Breakfast at the Lexington Depot and bike to Boston City Hall to the Bike Week festival
Leader: Richard Fries, Executive Director of MassBike

 

Lexington Historic Society - Historic Walking Tour of Meriam Hill
9:30AM
Meriam Hill richly reflects Lexington’s first days as a desirable suburban neighborhood for Boston commuters, with houses by some of the region’s best architects and in a range of important 19th and 20th century architectural styles. The tour will highlight the historical development of this exceptional neighborhood and how its architecture and residents contributed to Lexington’s architectural character in the past and continue to do so today. Learn why sometimes it’s Meriam Hill and sometimes it’s Merriam Hill!
Depart: Leave from the Commuter Breakfast at the Lexington Depot
Leader: Sally Zimmerman, Senior Preservation Services Manager for Historic New England and member of Lexington’s Historical Commission
 

Fitness Friday Bike Ride - Get to know the Bikeway
10:00AM
Details: Explore the Minuteman Bikeway. As part of Revolutionary Revelry, Ride Studio Café leads a comfortably paced bicycle ride for those who want to discover all the bikepath has to offer. 
Info: 339-970-0187


Bike Maintenance Workshop
6:00PM - 7:30PM
Please join us Friday, May 15th at the Lexington Depot (doors open @6PM, workshop begins 6:30PM) to attend a 60 minute 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. Refreshments provided.   
Location: Lexington Depot, 13 Depot Square

MAY 16

Saturday

Birds of Willard's Woods
A Citizens for Lexington Conservation Walk

8:00AM - 10:00AM
Details: We will hope to catch the peak of the spring migration with opportunities for warblers and flycatchers. We'll also look for nesting residents such as Indigo Bunting, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, and Pine Warbler. Willard's Woods has good trails on level ground. We will stop early if we encounter heavy rain.
Depart: Willard's Woods parking lot off North Street. 
Leader: John Andrews (jandrews166(at)gmail.com; 781-862-6498)


Lexington Hidden Treasures Arts Walk
10:00AM - 3:00PM
Details: Hidden Treasures is a weekend event in which 45 towns in the Freedom’s Way National Heritage Area each develop a program of free activities for intergenerational audiences to explore this area’s history, culture and nature - as a way of connecting the people, places and communities of the Heritage Area in order to protect and promote our shared resources.  Lexington, as part of this, is showing off the “hidden treasure” of her arts and culture.  This event will spotlight pop-up art displays and performances, as well as guided, and self-guided walks around town and conservation lands.
Location:  Various ACROSS Lexington trail spots - details as they happen on:  www.facebook.com/LexHiddenTreasures
Info: Special maps created for this event can be located by contacting the Lexington Council for the Arts: artscouncil(at)lexingtonma.gov, or through www.facebook.com/LexHiddenTreasures

 

MAY 17

Sunday

Lexington Public Schools bus registration deadline
Best pricing and guaranteed seating for bus registrations received by the May 17 deadline. Call 781-861-2580 ext2 for more info. 
 

Estabrook Run of the Mill 5K
9:15AM
Details: The Estabrook PTA is proud to sponsor its 7th annual Run of the Mill! On Sunday, May 17 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 - 11:30AM

This easy-paced bicycle tour around town is organized by the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee (ABAC) 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 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, which will be open to visitors with special events and exhibits including local mosaic artworks.
Details: 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: Meet at the Hurd Field parking lot (off Drake Road, behind Trader Joe’s). The bike tour will end around 11:30 a.m. with light refreshments served at the Old Schwamb Mill. 

Week Long Events

Ride the REV shuttle for FREE to/from Alewife Station
May 11 - 15
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 11 - 15
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
 

LHS Bike to School Month 
As part of Lexington High School's salute to the bike, LHS is hosting Bike to School Month this May. It's simple! Got a bike? Then ride your bike to school and you'll get great incentives and rewards from local sponsors.


Cary Library Bike Walk ‘n Bus Week Display
Stop by the Cary Memorial Library to peruse the special display tables that feature books, videos, maps, and other materials of interest to those who like to walk and bike!


Bay State Bike Week
May  9– 17
An annual celebration of human-powered, two-wheeled transportation.

 

MassCommute Bicycle Challenge
May 9 - 17
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 9-17, 2015) and enjoy some friendly competition between local businesses, universities and communities. Join in this year for prizes, raffles, and a legendary “Bike Bash” celebration! 

 

Did you know?... 

The Lexington Board of Selectmen have officially proclaimed May 8-17, 2015 Lexington Bike Walk n Bus Week!

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. Additionally, 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.  Just recently, the Greenways Corridor Committee’s ACROSS Lexington Task Force working with Conservation and DPW staff established the first of what will eventually become a network of marked pedestrian and bicycle routes linking many parts of the town. 

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

 

 

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