With the weather warming up, you are undoubtedly anxious to start getting out and enjoying the sunshine! Fortunately for those who live in Medford, there are plenty of great opportunities for taking a lovely bike ride in and around the city. Even better, even if you don’t own a bike, there are plenty of bike share programs available from which you can borrow a bike and enjoy a ride in the city. If you are ready to get pedaling, here is a look at just a few you might want to consider.
Mystic River State Reservation
Medford’s Mystic River State Reservation boasts several miles of bike paths throughout the park for you to safely enjoy any day of the week. Not only do the paths generally avoid traffic, but they also wend through neighboring cities and neighborhoods such as Somerville, Winchester, Arlington, Everett and Chelsea while following along the river.
Fresh Pond Reservation
The Fresh Pond Reservation in Cambridge also serves as a great place to bike. While you will hear nearby traffic as you travel around the 2.5-mile bike path around the pond, you will not actually encounter any of it.
Northern Strand Community Trail
The 10-mile Northern Strand Community Trail in Saugus connects Lynn, Revere, Malden and Everett, making it a popular off-road greenway for bike commuters throughout the entire north shore region. As such, you can expect to find plenty of cyclists along this path.
Stony Brook Reservation
Located at 95 Turtle Pond Parkway in Hyde Park, the Stony Brook Reservation offers bike paths ranging from around two miles to more than 6. While you may encounter a bit of traffic along one of these paths, you will also enjoy some phenomenal nature views.
Situated at 300 Gardner Street in West Roxbury, Millennium Park offers up to 6 miles of trails boasting views of Blue Hills, Newton, Downtown Boston and the Charles River.
The peninsula of Deer Island offers 2.6 miles of shoreline along with 5 miles of trails for you to explore. Not only are you unlikely to encounter traffic, but you will also enjoy magnificent views of the water along with views of planes taking off and landing from Logan as you bike these paths.
The Harvard-owned Arnold Arboretum in Boston offers a 5-mile loop that also connects to other bike paths, providing a seemingly endless number of biking options to explore. The 200-foot-high Peters Hill within the loop offers fantastic views of the city.
Boston’s Franklin Park is an urban park offering a 2.25-mile path that runs right through the Franklin Park Zoo. Take a quick ride through or make a day of it at a leisurely pace.
Joe Moakley Park
The largest waterfront park in Boston, Joe Moakley Park offers a number of trails to explore. The rails also run along Carson Beach and offer connecting routes to the HarborWalk, which goes around the entire city.
Running along the Neponset River, the 2.5-mile Neponset Trail goes on to connect with a 1.8-mile trail in Milton and Hyde Park and then to another mile-lone trail in Mattapan.