behind acadia mill, originally uploaded by jgodsey. I hiked the Depot to Lawrence Line yesterday, however the rail bed is absolutely impassable from Union Street to behind the Granite Ave Apartments. If you can get on the right of way, it’s a pleasant walk or ride on your mountain bike, that leads up behind Chase…

Bike Maps

Rubel BikeMaps are carried in the better bike shops and I even would suspect Borders and Barnes and Noble would not be sold out of them from time to time. I picked up mine at Al French’s Moor and Mountain in Andover for about $12. It is most like a regular auto map, in size…

The US Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration came up with a checklist to judge the bikeability of your community. (Direct Link) (Printable PDF version)

Groundworks Lawrence has been working to open up Lawrence’s greenspaces and link them by reclaiming the banks of the Spicket River. They expect to complete this lovely green necklace in the fall of 2009 with a park at Stevens Pond, adjacent to the Malden Mills/Polartec facility. This of course is conveniently where the southern end…

Status

UP5492vieweast, originally uploaded by jgodsey. As it stands the 2.5 miles of Rail bed belongs to the MBTA. If Methuen wants to develop this property for use as a public Bike/Ped trail, we need to lease the land from the MBTA for 99 years. The section that screams for use by the public runs north…

Starting point

UP5496viewnorth, originally uploaded by jgodsey. This is a what our trail looks like on it’s best days. Some of the sections near Rail Road Street have a thick growth of small trees and shrubs. Nothing that can’t be removed with lopping shears and elbow grease.

UT6703viewnorth, originally uploaded by jgodsey. The northern portico of depot lies on VFW property. The shrubbery is pretty thick on the ground hiding the rails. The ground is still flat and even allowing access to area businesses and such.

Terminus

UP5_3_9_hampshire st, originally uploaded by jgodsey. This is our northern trail head, Pep Boys and Ihop are on the right and Hampshire Street is up another hundred yards or so. When Salem’s Transportation Corridor is complete end to end, this would be is southern trail head. I think the International House of Pancakes people better…

this in from MassBike: Governor Patrick Signs Bicyclist Safety Bill Yes, it’s true: the Bicyclist Safety Bill is law after 8 years and 4 legislative sessions — perseverance and grassroots support paid off in the end! MassBike played a central role throughout the history of the bill, from drafting the language, to lobbying for its…