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


Saturday, November 15 - Neponset River Greenway 
Mattapan Trail Discovery Walk
11:00AM-12:30PM
   Meet at Ryan Playground by Basketball Courts, 330 River Street, Mattapan
   Join neighbors on a family friendly walk along this riverside nature trail! Later this fall, the Neponset River Greenway trail will be begin construction on a new one-mile segment going from Mattapan Square to Central Ave in Milton. We will discover where the path is headed and learn about bridges and other planned features. For more info, contact info@bostonnatural.org or 617-542-7696. Program is FREE and open to all. Rain cancels. Presented by Boston Natural Areas Network and Mattapan Food & Fitness Coalition.

Sunday, November 16 - Left Bank Bike Ride
2:00pm - 4:00pm
   MIT List Visual Arts Center
   20 Ames St Building E15, Atrium Level, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02139
   Take a bike tour of the artistic side of Boston, the "Left Bank" (Cambridge and Somerville). We'll be following a route curated by Boston's own, Bikeyface, to some of her favorite places including the Harvard Art Museums' Grand Re-opening!
   If you're planning to visit the re-opening of the Harvard Art Museums, it's FREE, but you have to reserve a ticket here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1559159847652226/

Wednesday, November 19 - Boston Bike Winter Social #2
6:00pm - 9:00pm
   Ibex - Boston
   303 Newbury St, Boston, Massachusetts 02115
   Hang out with fellow Union Riders and share stories on riding through the winter. Get tips from riders of your fit on how to ride and dress in a cozy, laid back, social setting. 
   This second Boston Bike Winter Social is held at Ibex Clothing store, where Union members receive 20% in store discount.

Saturday, November 22 - Cranksgiving Boston Bike Ride
    1:00pm
    Copley Sq, Boston, Massachusetts 02116
    First annual Cranksgiving Boston bike ride! Bring a bike, a bag, and a lock. This event is FREE, but you'll need about $15 to buy food to donate to The Boston Food Bank and the Somerville Homeless Coalition.

Thursday, November 27 - Wafflecross
   7:30-11 AM
   Cutler Park, Needham
   A cyclocross adventure, riding through the woods with local CX racers. Explore new trails, make friends, and enjoy waffles before heading out to your Thanksgiving day events.
   "2 different rides (shorter/ longer) so you can get to your Thanksgiving-ing on time. Snacks and good company on bikes in the woods before your family makes you watch 9 hours of football."

Thursday, December 11 - Bikes Not Bombs' 30th Anniversary Party
   6:00pm - 10:00pm
   Doyle's Cafe, 3484 Washington St, Jamaica Plain
   On July 4th, 1984 Carl Kurz flew with two bikes to Nicaragua and Bikes Not Bombs was formed. Thirty years later and it's time to celebrate! Join us at Doyle's Cafe on Thursday December 11th, 6-10pm to celebrate our 30th Anniversary. Let's remember our history and look forward to the future.
   Light snacks will be provided and the full bar/food menu is available to order.

Sunday, December 14 - Blue Hills Mtn Bike Ride & Toy Drive
   Houghton's Pond, Milton
   Join the DCR Park Rangers and volunteers from Blue Hills TrailWatch and NEMBA for the annual holiday toy drive collection. Bring a new unwrapped toy, then go on a guided or self-guided ride or hike. All toys will be donated to Interfaith Social Services which help deserving families during the holidays. Gifts for children ages 11-16 are most needed and appreciated. Call 617-698-1802, ext. 212. Meet at the Houghton’s Pond main parking lot at 840 Hillside Street in Milton.
   Additional info to follow.


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


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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