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Information about biking in and around Milton, Massachusetts from the Milton Bicycle Advisory Committee.


Thursday, January 1, 2015
New Years Day Rides

CRW Happy New Year Day Ride
Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 11:00 AM
   Leaders: Eric Ferioli (781-235-4762)
   Description: This is our famous annual New Year's Day Ride. What better way is there to clear the mind and body in the crisp, clear air of downtown Boston. We will visit many interesting sights from Charlestown to Castle Island, and maybe Dorchester Heights. Start the New Year off right with friends old and new. See you on the Common! (approximately 20 miles)
   Start: Boston Common, Park Street and Tremont Street, Boston

New Years Day Ride
Thursday, January 1, 2015 at 1:00pm
Finagle-A-Bagel, 535 Boylston St, Boston
   Start 2015 right with a New Years Day Ride! Come along on a 15 mile moderate paced ride around Boston. We will go along The Charles, under the Zakim Bridge, up Bunker Hill Monument, explore Charlestown Waterfront, through North End, along the Greenway, to the Seaport District. After a loop around Black Falcon we will head to Flat Top Johnny's in Kendall Square for after-ride refreshments. Meet in front of Finagle-a-Bagel on Boylston Street in Copley Square at 1:00pm. Make sure you have a spare tube and pump in case of a flat and dress for the weather condition. Let's make 2015 a great cycling year!


Recurring Events

Ashmont Cycles' Wednesday Afternoon Bike Rides
   Ashmont Cycles in Dorchester offers fast and no-drop local rides, which often include routes through Milton, departing from their shop at Peabody Square at 6 PM.  (Resume in Spring)

Landry's Bicycles' Saturday Morning Bike Rides
   Landry's Bicycles hosts a road ride Saturdays at 7 AM from their new location at 44 Granite Street in Braintree.  (Resume in Spring)

Bike to Market
Thursday afternoons, 1-6 PM (Summer and Autumn)
   Bike to the Milton Farmers Market at Milton Village (with a helmet) and you'll get a $2 coupon good at any of the vendors.

Milton: Blue Hills Cycling Club Road Rides
   Weekday and Saturday mornings.  Different rides are available for riders of different levels.  Link: http://www.bluehillscycling.com/rides/

Milton: Blue Hills Reservation Mountain Bike Rides
   Weekly, usually on Thursdays or Fridays, as noted on the Southeastern Massachusetts NEMBA site or on their Facebook page.

DCR's Free Family Flicks!
   Free family movie showings at Houghton's Pond (Saturdays), Martini Shell (Tuesdays) and Pope John Paul II Park (Thursdays) through the summer. Great events to bike to!  (resume in Summer)

Milton's Walk or Wheel Wednesdays / Safe Routes to Schools:
   All of Milton's public elementary and middle schools participate in the Safe Routes program. As a result, the crosswalks at the intersection of Brook Road and Canton Ave are slated to be upgraded. Check with your school for more details.
http://www.saferoutesinfo.org/

More events to come!  Check back for more details, or send us an email

 


Visit the Calendar page for more details


Bikes of all sizes are available at the Bike Committee's used bike sale in May



A scene from the 2009 Blue Hills Classic bike race


Neponset River Greenway Phase 2 Groundbreaking
   DCR, local representatives and advocates participated in the Neponset River Greenway Groundbreaking event on December 22, 2014.  When completed, the trail will finally connect from Central Avenue to Mattapan Square.  Construction will start in the spring, and take about 18-24 months.  Thanks to all our local advocates and representatives for having the vision and dedication to make this project happen!

Blue Hills Toys Ride
   Thanks to SE Mass NEMBA and DCR for hosting the Blue Hills Toys Ride on December 14!  It was a fine day for a ride, with different groups riding trails throughout the Blue Hills, and a truckload of toys were collected for needy families.

Milton Awarded Bicycle-Friendly Community Designation
   In November, the League of American Bicyclists announced their most recent Bicycle-Friendly Communities.  We are delighted that they selected Milton as a Bronze-level BFC!  Milton has made a lot of progress in the past few years, and we're planning even more improvements in the future.
2014 improvements:
- Neponset River Greenway construction on Truman Highway
- Sharrows on Centre Street
- Bike lanes on Central Avenue
- Bike-lane-width shoulders and new sidewalk on Granite Avenue
Bike-lane-width shoulders on Unquity Road
- Bike lanes on Blue Hills Parkway
- Regular bicycle traffic counts on roads and at schools

New Bike Lanes Installed on Central Avenue!
   Thanks to the Milton DPW and their contractors for following our recommendation and adding bike lanes on the newly-re-surfaced Central Avenue in October!  We now have an additional 3/4 of a mile of bike lanes, connecting from Pierce Middle School, the Brook Road bike lanes, and the Reedsdale Road sharrows to the Neponset Greenway!

Roadwork Notices:

Neponset River Greenway Construction (Dorchester) - DCR contractors started rebuilding the permeable surface at the Dorchester salt marsh. Work was scheduled to be completed by mid-November, but a contractor snafu means that the trail will remain unfinished until the spring.  The trail will not be blocked off, so it can be used, but the base surface may be difficult to ride on.  Officially, an on-road detour is in place from Butler Station to Granite Avenue.

Neponset River Greenway Construction (Hyde Park & Milton) - DCR contractors started construction at the southern end of the Greenway in late August.  The southbound sidewalk and right lane of Truman Highway from Stop & Shop to the Neponset Valley Parkway (Hyde Park and Milton) will be closed to traffic for the next few months.  Construction should be completed by April.

Neponset River Greenway Construction (Mattapan and Milton) - DCR informs us that the section of trail between Central Avenue and Mattapan Square has come in over budget.  Local representatives are working to find ways to allocate more funds, and DCR is looking at options to reduce costs.  They are optimistic that construction will begin early in 2015, to open in summer or fall of 2016.

Eliot Street Traffic Study - The Traffic Commission is planning a change in traffic patterns at Eliot Street and Blue Hills Parkway, in part to improve safety along the Neponset Greenway. Changes could go into effect in September. Read more about this at http://02186.mytownmatters.com/?p=38681

Granite Avenue - July 2014 - MassDOT recently resurfaced Granite Avenue from Squantum Street to the Boston line.  We asked them to increase the shoulder width and put in safer storm drain grates, and they did, finishing this project in July.

Unquity Road - July 2014 - DCR resurfaced and re-striped most of Unquity Road along with a little of Chickatawbut RD and Hillside St in April and May.  Thanks to DCR for increasing the width of the shoulders, adding two miles of bike-friendly riding in the Blue Hills!  There are still some narrow sections on Hillside St (left side of photo) but the new shoulders (right side of photo) now make up the majority of Milton's Blue Hills routes.

Blue Hills Parkway - May, 2014 - DCR resurfaced and re-striped the Parkway, northbound from Canton Ave to Brook Road (1.3 miles) and southbound from Brook Road to Blue Hills Terrace Street (0.5 mile) AND ADDED BIKE LANES!

Granite Avenue at Squantum Street - Repaving completed (April)

Senate Passes Final Transportation Bond Bill – Milton receives $24.2 million in authorizations - April 18, 2014
   Thanks to Senator Brian Joyce and Rep. Walter Timilty for including funding for local road improvements! Over the next five years, this funding will support projects to improve Granite Avenue, Blue Hills Parkway and Adams Street for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

Milton Bike Lane and Trail Snow Reports
Also see MassPaths.net for regional snow reports




Bike wheel art on the Neponset River Greenway, courtesy of the Milton Art Center. Dust off your bike, go for a ride, and check it out!

- Mike B., May 6, 2014



Information:

The Town of Milton is preparing a Master Plan. For more information about the Bicycle Advisory Committee's master plan recommendations, click here.

Click here for information about Milton's Safe Routes to School program.

Click here to learn more about our campaign to make the intersection of Neponset Valley Parkway / Brush Hill Road / Milton Street safer.

Click here to visit the BikeMilton page about the Neponset River Greenway extension between Central Avenue and Mattapan Square.

Potholes?  Report them to the Town Department of Public Works:
Phone: 617-898-4900
Pothole repair email: potholes (at) townofmilton.org

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