Bike Walk 'n Bus Week: May 11-May 19

What a Glorious Week to Leave Your Car at Home!

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May 11-19, 2019

Bike Walk 'N Bus Week - Promoting healthy, sustainable, and safe transportation options. Every year in May, the Town schedules a week of events to  encourage and celebrate active and alternative transportation options. This event is organized by the Transportation Services Office, Bicycle Advisory Committee, Greenways Corridor Committee, and Safe Routes to School Committee, in conjunction with Recreation and other Town staff to celebrate the many alternative transportation resources available in town.

 

Schedule of Events

Note: Rain may cancel some outdoor events

Week Long
Events

Bay State Bike Week

May 11-19
Bay State Bike Week is an annual celebration of human-powered, two-wheeled transportation with events across the state!

 

Ride the REV Alewife shuttle for FREE

May 13 - 17
The 128 Business Council REV Alewife shuttle is providing free service during Bike Walk n Bus Week. Shuttle departs Depot Square  at 7:15AM or 8:30AM and travels express to Alewife. Shuttle departs from Alewife in the evening at 5PM at 6:30PM returning express to Depot Square. Be sure to review where to board the shuttle. 

 

 

Find Your Biking and Walking Way Around Lexington!

All week long!

Look for special green and white wayfinding signs in the Library, at the Depot, 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!

 

Parcourse Exploration

Open all year round!
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 Lexington High School, Lincoln Fields parking area, and the Bridge School.

 

Lexington High School Senior Art Show at Depot (Monday-Thursday)

Biking on the Minuteman Bikeway, taking a walk for lunch, or commuting through Lexington Center? Stop by the Lexington High School Senior Art Show at the Depot from 11AM-3PM Monday-Thursday of this week to enjoy art from local students.

 

 

Saturday, May 11

Bike Maintenance Workshop

1:00PM – 4:00PM

Join us for an instructional hands-on session on the simple "know how" of bike maintenance.  Topics address mechanical failure, including: tightening brakes, and keeping your chain and drivetrain clean and functional.  Attendees will come away with both tools and knowledge to maintain their bike.  Time for one-on-one consultations will be available. Please note that the last hour will be devoted to changing flat tires. Participants should bring their own bikes. No registration needed!

Location: LPS Central Administration Parking Lot, 146 Maple Street, Lexington


 

Bike Smart Program for 4th & 5th Graders - Choose 1 of 2 sessions!

10AM-Noon OR 2PM – 4PM
In partnership with the Lexington Bicycle Advisory Committee, the Friends of Lexington Bikeways, and the Lexington Police Department, the 6th 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 other biking skills.
Location: LPS Central Admninistration Parking Lot, 146 Maple Street, Lexington
Registration Required: 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

 

 

Women's Introductory Group Ride & Bike Check

1:00PM-4:00PM

Join an experienced rider and League Cycling Instructor for a feet-on (pedals) introduction for aspiring riders and commuters. Start with bike check and adjustments for tires, brakes and drive train. Discuss rules of the road. Then set out for a group ride with a leader. The session will focus on essential knowledge, confidence building and fun. Group ride distance will be decided based on size and experience of the group.

Location: LPS Central Administration Parking Lot, 146 Maple Street, Lexington

Registration Required: Call the Recreation and Community Programs Department at 781-698-4800 or register online

Fee: FREE

Details: Helmet and rideable bike required


Sunday,
May 12

Happy Mothers' Day!

Consider taking a walk or bike ride with mom today. Not sure where to go? Explore the Across Lexington Trail map and the Minuteman Bikeway map. Don't have a bike? Consider trying out the Minuteman Bikeshare before or after a bite to eat in Lexington Center. 

 
Bicycle Commuting Skill Share 

1-3PM

At the Bicycle Commuter Skill Share, you will learn how to make bicycle commuting easy and convenient for you! Topics discussed will include how to carry things on your bicycle, how to equip or choose your bicycle, e-bikes, cargo bikes, and clothing considerations. Presenter will also answer questions about route selection and any other topics of interest.

Sponsored and led by Friends of Lexington Bikeways. 

Location: Cary Memorial Library, 1874 Massachusetts Avenue

Presenter: Jennifer Merlot

 

 

 

 


Monday, May 13

MBTA Travel Training
In this 2.5 hour workshop geared for caregivers, older adults and people with disabilities, participants will become familiar with how to ride the MBTA, including understanding schedules, planning trips, methods of paying, accessibility features, and more. Session will begin with a classroom overview, followed by a ride on an instruction bus (a regular MBTA bus used for instruction) that will pull into the Community Center lower lot. Participants will board this bus, talk with the driver about all the bus features and what to do when boarding and departing a bus. Participants will then ride the bus to Porter Square, where they will learn about entering the subway. No fee for this workshop, but participatns may want to bring money for a snack or lunch in Porter Square. After Porter Square, participants will ride back on the bus to Community Center. 
Location: Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road
Cost: FREE, but consider bringing money for snack or lunch in Porter Square
Registration: Seats are limited! Register soon by calling 781-698-4840. Family and caregivers may attend, but priority seating for seniors and those with disabilities. 
 
Lexington Lunchtime Walk

Noon – 1:00PM
Join us for this first in a series of Noontime walks during Bike Walk N' Bus week! Each walk will explore a different one of Lexington's 27 Conservation properties. Walking surfaces will be a combination of paved surfaces and unpaved walking trails. The pace will be brisk and the terrain level. Comfortable walking shoes will suffice. All walks will be held rain or shine with the exception of heavy rain. All walks leave promptly at Noon.
Depart: Meet in front of the Lexington Community Center front doors, 39 Marrett Road

Leader: Bob Hausslein, (781-862-9102, rhausslein@rcn.com)

 


Tuesday, May 14

Spring Older Adult Walking Series Finale - Arlington Reservoir

9:30AM-Noon

Join us in the final walk of our spring walking series! This 1 mile walk begins in Lexington's Cataldo Reservation and loops around the Arlington Resevoir. This walk includes many scenic viewpoints around a water area that is habitiat for several types of fish, and even home to snapping turtles and swans. Nearly 150 species of birds have been spotted in this area. (The other walks in the series are on April 30 and May 7. Download a description of the full series.)
Depart: This walk officially departs from Lexington Community Center, 39 Marrett Road. Please join your guide, Susan Barrett, at 9:30AM, in time to catch the 9:35AM Lexpress bus departing from the Community Center. (Susan will be holding a sign so you can spot her.) Bus travel will be free. If you wish to travel to the trail entrance on your own, meet at the entrance to the Cataldo Reservation on Bow Street, adjacent to the Minuteman Bikeway. This outing will last approximately 2 hours, with participants returning via Lexpress to the Community Center by 11:50AM. 

Details: Wear comfy walking shoes and bring water. Snack and cameras optional.

Register:  This event is free, but so we can plan accordingly, please call 781-698-4840 to reserve a spot! 
Leader: Susan Barrett
Contact: 503-223-2285 (mobile); transportation@lexingtonma.gov 

 

 

 

 


Wednesday, May 15

Lexington Lunchtime Walk

Noon – 1:00PM
Join us for the second in a series of Noontime walks during Bike Walk N' Bus week! Each walk will explore a different one of Lexington's 27 Conservation properties. The walking surfaces will be single track woodland trails. Sneakers or ordinary walking shoes will suffice. All walks will be no more than one hour in length. Walks will be led by members of Lexington's volunteer Conservation Stewards. 
Depart: Trail entrance on Spring Street adjacent to the upper Takeda (formerly Shire) parking lot, 125 Spring St. 

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

 
Lexington Safe Routes to School Walking Wednesday

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

 

Senior Charlie Card Sign-Up Event

9AM-11AM

Save a trip to Boston and apply for your Senior Charlie Card right in Lexington! This event is for people age 65 and older who have never applied for a Senior Charlie Card. (If you just need to renew your card, call 617-222-3200). Having a Senior Charlie Card allows you to pay about half of regular MBTA fares. When you choose to ride MBTA, you get access to 175 cities and towns the MBTA services.

Details: Bring a valid, government issued license or ID. Your photo will be taken at this event. Card will be sent to you in 4-6 weeks.

 

 

 


Thursday, May 16

Free Rides on Lexpress All Day!

6:35AM - 6:30PM
If you have yet to ride Lexpress, Lexington’s own community bus service, try it today for FREE. If you are one of our regulars, thanks for riding with us - your fare is on us today!
Information: www.lexpress.us or 781-861-1210 or lexpress@lexingtonma.gov

For real-time bus arrival info, download the free Ride Systems app for Lexpress or view at http://tracker.lexpress.us

 
School Bus Open House 

1PM - 2PM
Hop aboard and explore today's school bus! A school bus will be parked on Worthen Road so your incoming students can explore this mode of transportation before the new school year. The best price for subsidized registration and guaranteed seating for Lexington Public Schools ends today. See why so many of Lexington's students ride the bus!

 

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.Don't forget to add on the $50 Flexpass for after-school transportation throughout the school year! Flexpass is valid for transportation on Lexpress after 3PM on school days only. 

 

Lexpress Bus Open House

1-2PM

Parked next to the school bus will be a Lexpress bus. Lexpress is Lexington's own community bus service operating since 1979. Lexpress is a public bus used by people of all ages. Explore the bus and learn how you can use it to take your preschooler to library programs, how to get to the many hiking trails in town, how students can use this for afterschool and summer transportation for fun, jobs, and other activities, or how you can use it to commute to MBTA or REV Alewife shuttle.  Come step inside, meet with Lexpress staff, and find out how to get Around Town on Lexpress!


Location: Worthen Road, along parcourse route

 

Ease congestion and have your students choose walking, biking or taking a bus to/from school! It's a fun healthy way to build confidence, skills, make friends, and help the environment. Bonus:Saves parents from being stuck in school pick-up queue! 


Friday,
May 17

Annual Commuter Breakfast at Depot Square

6:30AM - 9:30AM
Walking, biking, or taking transit to work or school? Stop by for free breakfast treats, coffee and giveaways at Depot Square! 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 related 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: Lexington Depot on the Minuteman Bikeway and Emery Park green
Information: (781) 861-1210

 

Lexington Lunchtime Walk

Noon – 1PM
Join us for the last in a series of Noontime walks during Bike Walk N' Bus week! Each walk will explore a different one of Lexington's 27 Conservation properties. The walking surfaces will be single track woodland trails. Sneakers or ordinary walking shoes will suffice. All walks will be no more than one hour in length. Walks will be led by members of Lexington's volunteer Conservation Stewards. 
Depart: Meet at the rear, ground floor entrance to Town Hall, 1625 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington

Leaders: Eileen Entin

 
Lexpress Bike & Ride Free

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

 

 
 
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%. In Massachusetts, bike commuting increased by over 100% in the same period. Let's keep up the goods stats! Bike to work today (and stop by the Commuter Breakfast to say "hi"!) 

 


Saturday, May 18

 
Special Free Saturday Lexpress Bus Service

1st buses depart Depot at 9AM. Last buses leave Depot at 4:20PM finishing their last routes by 4:45PM.

Lexpress has not had a regular Saturday service since the early 2000's, but we offer 1-2 Special Saturday services a year to acquaint people, who otherwise may not be in town during the week, with the service. This is especially helpful for adults who work Monday-Friday and don't have a chance to ride Lexpress, but want to feel comfortable with the system before having their students, nannies, aging parents, or visitors ride. It is also a great time to test out if Lexpress is a commuting option for you, connecting you to MBTA buses and REV Alewife shuttle! Download the FREE Ride Systems app to your smartphone for real-time bus arrival info for Lexpress!

 
Lexpress Bus Info Session

10AM-11AM

New to Lexpress and not sure how to ride or plan your trips? Attend this free one-hour info session for people of all ages. 

Registration: This event is free, but to ensure we have enough seating, reserve your spot by calling 781-698-4820.

Location: Lexington Community Center, Room 237, 39 Marrett Road, Lexington

 

Family Led ACROSS Lexington Walk

Noon-1:30PM

Get the kid's eye perspective of ACROSS Lexington's Route A! Route A was the first installment of the ACROSS Lexington system, and it is still one of its most popular routes. This family led walk will traverse approximately half of the route taking in portions of the Lower Vine Brook, Chiesa Farm, and Parker Meadow Conservation properties along the way. Walking surfaces will be a mixture of paved surfaces and unpaved foot trails. Well-behaved dogs on leashes welcome. Meet behind the Depot in Lexington Center on the Bikeway. Please consider leaving your car at home and commuting to the Depot by foot, by bike, or by bus! (Lexpress and MBTA will be running.) 

Registration: N/A

Location: Meet behind the Depot in Lexington Center on the Bikeway. (Depot address: 13 Depot Square)

 

Sunday,
May 19

Estabrook School PTO - Run of the Mill 5K Run/Walk

The Estabrook PTO is proud to sponsor its 10th annual Run of the Mill! On Sunday, May 19, 2019, 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, starting at 10AM. The Kids Fun Run does not require registration.

Starting at Estabrook, the winding, hilly 5K course takes runners and walkers through the beautiful Turning Mill neighborhood, finishing back at the school. Proceeds from the race will benefit the Estabrook Elementary School. This USATF sanctioned event will be chip-timed by RaceWire. After the race, participants and spectators are invited to join in the post-race party.

 

Kids’ Fun Run: 9:30 AM

5K Run & Walk: 10AM

Post Race Party: Immediately following the race

 

Pre-race entry fee (before race day): $25

Race Day entry fee: $30

Kids’ Fun Run: Free

First 200 entries include a Run of the Mill T-shirt. Register online thru RaceWire by April 10th to guarantee your T-shirt size!

 

 

Did you know?...

  • There are approximately 94 miles of sidewalk, 65 miles of biking and walking trails (including the nationally recognized Minuteman Commuter Bikeway) and 20 miles of bike and shared lane pavement markings 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! Lexpress operates six routes throughout Lexington and into neighboring communities.

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 services serving your community.Bicyclists on Minuteman Bikeway, walkers, Lexpress bus

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