A historic 10-mile trail that travels through the area where the American Revolution began! Riding through the cities of Bedford, Lexington, Arlington, and Cambridge, the Minuteman Bikeway is a popular commuter biking and walking path that has been inducted into the national Rail-Trail Hall of Fame and is recognized as a "Millennium Trail" by the White House. It goes without saying that the Minuteman Bikeway should be on your shortlist of “places to visit” when you check out the Boston area.
What Makes It Great
With all of the recognition that the Minuteman Bikeway has received over the years, the bikeway has become heavily traveled and well-maintained by all four communities. Featuring handicap accessibility, mile markers, and regular snow removal in the winter months, the bikeway is truly available for everyone to enjoy. Additionally, there are toilets and refreshments available along the length of the trail, notably at Depot Park, Thorndike Field, the Lexington Visitor's Center, and the Alewife Station.
With endpoints at the Alewife T-Stop in Cambridge and Depot Park/ South Street in Bedford and countless entry points to hop on and off, the Minuteman Bikeway’s gently rolling pavement should be highly considered on your list of places to ride when in Boston.
Cyclists looking for an easy, safe, and relaxing ride will be sure to enjoy what the Minuteman Bikeway has to offer. Because of the Bikeway’s many points of entry and exit, it is a great place to venture down for a bit, hop off to explore the surrounding community, and hop back on towards your destination.
Families, groups with kids, and folks who would like to take advantage of a bike path with handicap accessibly will be sure to enjoy the Minuteman Bikeway. There is very little elevation change throughout the Bikeway’s entirety, making for a smooth and easy ride for everyone to enjoy. That being said, if you are a cyclist looking for an area to rip around at warp speed, this may not be the place for you.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
Taking the Red Line to Alewife is likely the easiest method to get to the Bikeway. Once here, simply head out of the station and look for the Minuteman Bikeway sign. You can’t miss it.
Should you choose to drive, take I-93 N out of Boston to Exit 31 and continue on to MA-16 W. Hop on to Mass Ave then take a left on Lake Street. Follow the signs for Route MA-2E and then take the exit toward Alewife Station. Hourly parking is available at the T station.