American Heart Association Announces Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Last update: 5:08 a.m. EDT Sept. 25, 2008 Survey of Employees Proves Worksite Wellness Programs Work More than 900 businesses across the nation have been recognized by the American Heart Association’s Start! Fit-Friendly Companies Program for promoting physical activity and health in the work place — a 20…

Bike Rack Census

For a few weeks I drove around town and inventoried bike racks in the city. This is what I found: Results of Bike Rack Census There is not enough municipal or privately provided bicycle parking in Methuen to support the present level of cycling in the area. Proper parking for bicycles should be provided at…

From the Boston Globe: Walk-to-school movement afoot across Mass. By James Vaznis Globe Staff / September 19, 2008 . . . “The current effort is taking root in densely-populated suburbs as well as cities, where elementary schools often serve many pupils who live within a mile walk. Newton, Brockton, Stoneham, and Watertown this year hired…

I finally got out to Salisbury Eastern Marsh Trail, and it is a great example of the interim stages of trail construction. These trails are most like what Methuen has to work with and the most realistic vision of what we can create. To get to the hard pack stone condition of Salisbury’s Ghost Trail,…

I started a little late to do the entire 12.5-miles, it is deceptively easy to go just a little further and then a little further than that. But it is deliciously straight and level, passing through everything from farms and wetlands to downtown Pepperell. The smell of freshly cut hay and farmlands are an added…

Methuen Walks

The city, along with the Mass Historical Commission, US Dept of the Interior, National Park Service and nameless others have gone in to produce this nice little full color map-let. This 16 page booklet with attached map goes beyond the previous incarnation of the Methuen historical place map; instead of depicting one walk around downtown,…

NH Seacoast Greenway

from Seacoast Area Bicycle Routes: Saturday, September 20th is the official opening of the NH Seacoast Greenway, the first border-to-border marked route for the East Coast Greenway (ECG) in any state. To celebrate there will be two rides on the Greenway’s newly signed on-road route and a family walk in Portsmouth, all converging at Strawbery…

linkingtogether2008, originally uploaded by jgodsey. I attended the meeting for the nascent Mass Rail Trails coalition or whatever it ends up being called, probably something emphasizing community recreational paths. About 75 people showed up representing about 30 plus trails, not bad considering rail trails are thick on the ground in Massachusetts; there are about 100…

Founded in 1971, the Granite State Wheelmen is New England’s most active adult recreational bicycling club. GSW offers its members organized weekday, weekend and multi-day rides for road and off-road adult enthusiasts of all ages, as well social events and winter activities such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing. September 20-21 • The annual Tri-State Seacoast…

UP5484, originally uploaded by jgodsey. Several people will be meeting at the end of Pine St to walk the better section of the trail. This will take less than an hour to walk from that point through the Wildlife sanctuary and out under 213 to Hampshire St and back. This is why we are doing…