KU research adds to evidence that exercise can help damaged brains. The researchers at the University of Kansas School of Medicine found that Exercising and staying physically fit may slow the relentless, mind-robbing progress of Alzheimer’s disease. About 5.2 million Americans now live with Alzheimer’s. By 2050, that number could swell to 11 million to…

From the official site: The 2007 Massachusetts Bicycle Transportation Plan is being prepared in cooperation with the U.S Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration. The primary purpose of the plan update is to develop a prioritized plan of on- and off-road bicycling improvements in order to implement a statewide bicycling network. The network will serve…

Modest brain test benefit seen with brisk walking CHICAGO (AP) — Brisk walking led to slight improvements on mental tests for older people with memory problems in what is billed as the first rigorous test of exercise on the aging brain. The results from the small Australian study were only modest. But they back up…

Newburyport’s Clipper City Rail Trail extends from the MBTA station north to the Merrimack River where it will eventually cross the river and connect to the Salisbury Old Eastern Marsh Trail.Newburyport has been working on this plan since well before 2001. Construction on phase two has begun this summer, but in phase one it seems…

Donate your bicycle

Right now the expenditures for the Methuen Rail Trail project are postage, paper, ink and printing, but we expect these to grow as our organization grows. Think about donating that old bicycle in the garage or basement. Any adult bike, any age. We will clean it up, try to fix it and sell it to…

I have been invited to attend a convergence of members from all the rail trail groups in Massachusetts. Linking Together 2008 is being held on September 13th, in Leominster at the Doyle Convention Center, with the goal of sharing resources and forming coalition. For more event information visit the Mass Central Rail Trail site. Aside…

Salisbury has a couple of rail trails in development, all part of the Coastal Trails network. The Ghost Trail (below) which enters Amesbury and the Old Eastern Marsh Trail which parallels Route 1 and goes into Newburyport as part of the Border to Boston rail trail project. (click here for full uncropped map) Recently they…

I took the 40 year old Armstrong to Newburyport’s Maudslay State Park, not a rail trail but a nice walk in the woods nonetheless. The park is billed as a multi-use park which includes cycling. And it does, but a great many of the trails are a challenge, more suitable to fat tire and mountain…

The paving of this lovely shared use trail is nearing completion. Four and a half marked miles, and passable from end to end, it is heavily used compared to most other Merrimack Valley trails. On a Sunday, you will meet serious cyclists and soccer moms with strollers, but even on its busiest day there are…

Derry Rail Trail

The Derry Rail Trail Starts from behind the Depot Steakhouse on West Broadway, it terminates at Windham Road where it connects to the Windham Trail. It is paved for much of it, as is the rest of Derry downtown Bike Loop, but even the unpaved section is walkable and even bikeable, if you don’t mind…