SAFETY ALERT! BLUE HILLS DEER HUNT
NOV. 30, DEC. 1, 7 & 8
People will be hunting deer in parts of the Blue Hills Reservation on November 30, December 1, 7 and 8. These dates were chosen to minimize conflict with other trail users who are busy with the lead-up to the holiday season. Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) staff will be stationed at trailheads to hand out blaze orange vests to anyone entering the hunting areas, but they and neighbors warn that poachers have been hunting outside of the sanctioned event.
DCR will also close Chickatawbut Road from Randolph Avenue to Willard Street and Wompatuck Road from Chickatawbut Road to Willard Street from midnight to 5 PM on those four days.
We strongly suggest that you avoid the hunting areas entirely, including the Blue Hill Summit Road road hill climb. You can ride in the Ponkapoag and Randolph areas of the Blue Hills, as hunting will not be allowed there. If you do ride in the Blue Hills in the next few weeks, wear orange and carry jingle bells to announce your presence.
Here is a map of the hunting locations:
If you want to go mountain biking during this time, check out some of these alternatives:
- Wompatuck State Park, Hingham
- Cutler Park, Needham
- Adams Farm, Walpole
- Noanet Woodlands, Dover
- Ames Nowell State Park, Abington
- F. Gilbert Hills State Forest, Foxborough
- NEMBA Vietnam, Milford
More information from the Department of Conservation and Recreation:
Tuesday, December 1 - 7:15 PM
Milton Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting
Sunday, December 13 - 9 AM to 1 PM
NEMBA TOYS RIDE MOVED TO WOMPATUCK STATE PARK
Wompatuck State Park Visitors Center at 197 Union Street in Hingham
Because of the Blue Hills deer hunt, DCR staff will be unavailable to help out with the annual Blue Hills Toys Ride. And with the risk of rogue hunters, NEMBA felt it better to move the toy drive mountain bike ride to Wompatuck State Park.
NEMBA invites you to join them for their Annual Toys Ride, with mountain bike rides for all ability levels, with snacks and a bonfire! Please bring unwrapped gifts, which InterFaith Social Services of Quincy will distribute to less fortunate kids during the holiday season. Gifts for kids 11-16 are especially needed.
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.
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.
More events to come! Check back for more details, or send us an email
Visit the Calendar page for more details
A scene from the 2009 Blue Hills Classic bike race
DPW Day Open House / Bike Drive / Used Bike Sale
Thanks to all who donated bikes, helmets, scooters and more! Your contributions helped put more than three dozen bikes back into use, and will contribute at least a dozen more to Bikes Not Bombs' mobility programs. The support of the community will help the Bike Committee organize and promote events, sponsor Bike-To-Market discounts at the Milton Farmers Market, and sponsor local bike safety initiatives.
Unquity Road and Canton Avenue Water Main Work
The Town is installing a water main under parts of Unquity Road and Canton Avenue. Work has already started at Unquity Road near the Ulin Rink. Watch out for work crews in this area. The road surface should be re-paved in October or November.
Neponset River Greenway Construction
On April 13, DCR presented their plans for construction of the Neponset Greenway between Central Ave and Mattapan Square. Construction will be staged in Mattapan, and some work will be done on the Milton side between the trolley tracks and the river. DCR will not add a direct connection to any Milton neighborhoods, but they will not block the existing Capen Street footpath, either.
The work site behind Ryan Playground in Mattapan has already been set up, and equipment and supplies are en route. The project will continue for about 24 months, with the trail opening in late 2016 and final landscaping completed in early 2017.
For more information, please view this document from DCR. (PDF format)
Click on the image for a detailed view of DCR's construction plans from April 27 to May 8.
Senator Brian Joyce listened to our requests for safety improvements at the Mattapan Square Intersection. This project is the result. It will connect the Neponset trail from Mattapan to Brush Hill Road in Milton, and add some bike lanes. Road crossings are reduced from 7 to 2. We'd like to see a few small tweaks, like bike boxes to get into turn lanes. What other improvements would you like to see? Click on the image to enlarge it:
For more detail, you can download the full file from the Milton DPW:
DCR has closed the Central Avenue end of the Neponset Greenway trail to replace the Pine Tree Brook Bridge. This will remain closed until April 10. Please use the walkway on the north side of the river, and cross back to the trail on the Baker Bridge.
Blue Hills trails are closed to mountain bikes for the month of March
DCR policy is to prohibit mountain biking in March, to minimize trail erosion as the snow melts. We discussed postponing the closure for a couple weeks, but the rangers felt it best to keep the closure in place as planned. If the mud season requires a longer closure, DCR will let us and NEMBA know and we will pass it along. Please respect the policy and help maintain one of Milton's best natural resources!
UPDATE: DCR tells us the Blue Hills are open to mountain biking, but please do not ride if the trail conditions are muddy and will result in trail damage!
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.
- 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!
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
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:
Information about biking in and around Milton, Massachusetts from the Milton Bicycle Advisory Committee.