This entire part of the road is for bikes only!
After the casino, we rode across the Mystic River on Alford Street then over to Medford Street, through Charlestown. Medford Street was pretty quiet, maybe because it was a Sunday. On Medford Street, we found another huge staircase for Aidan to ride. After Medford Street, the route winds through some quiet roads and eventually brings you to Paul Revere Park which had some nice staircases and drops that we sessioned. After that, there was an interesting walkway across the Charles River where everyone was walking their bikes. It was super slippery because of the rain. That brought us into Boston. From there we took a bike path that went right along the water, then transitioned to a bike lane along the side of the road to our finish at Long Wharf.
View from the bike path into Boston
Riding the complete Border to Boston Trail was a unique experience for us and we definitely plan to do it again. It will be especially nice when the section between Newburyport and Topsfield has been connected so we cannot wait for that to happen. It has been interesting to learn about all the effort that goes into creating these types of trails and we now better appreciate what it means when we hear that a large grant was approved to help complete different sections. We know exactly where those sections are and experienced first hand why there is a need to improve them. We cannot wait until it is all complete and there is a safe 70 mile route from the New Hampshire border through the North Shore and into Boston for cyclists, walkers, and joggers. There are so many fun things to see along the way that it is a great place for everyone to spend more time outside.
We were able to go full speed to our pick-up spot on Long Wharf thanks to this great bike lane.
The East Coast Greenway is a walking and biking route stretching 3,000 miles from Maine to Florida, connecting our nation’s most populated corridor. The nonprofit East Coast Greenway Alliance leads the development of the trail network.
About the Authors
Aidan Awiszus and Bode Devellian grew up in Topsfield, Massachusetts, a rural town on Boston’s North Shore where they spent their childhood riding and playing on the Topsfield Linear Common and the local mountain bike trails. They are both entering their senior year at Masconomet Regional High School in Boxford where they are members of the Varsity Alpine Ski Race Team. They are also co-captains of the ChainBreakers, a New England Youth Cycling (NEYC) cross-country mountain bike race team plus they have recently ventured into some dangerous Eastern States Cup Enduro racing. They like supporting MassBike as volunteer interns because they want to see more people out on their bikes and for the roads to be safer for all of us. They enjoy road biking and would do more of it if it was safer.