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Arlington, MA | Bronze Level
Recent bicycling investment: The transformation of a major roadway from a motor transportation corridor to one of Arlington's "Complete Streets" is underway. The project will include resurfacing the road and adding bike lanes, rebuilding sidewalks, and replacing outdated traffic signals. These improvements will make the corridor service a healthy balance between automobiles, bikes, pedestrians, and transit users. A second project, funded through a Clean Air/Mobility Program grant, will address the "break" in the Minuteman Bikeway, which prevents a continuous flow of cycle movement from the Bikeway to its continuation on the far side of a busy town intersection.
Bicycling highlights: In recent years, Town government officials have taken more concrete steps to support cycling infrastructure and policy initiatives, including adding more bike lanes and approving new bike paths/trails in Arlington. Arlington also hosts the widely popular Minuteman Bikeway, which the town celebrates and maintains (including snowplowing in winter), and the new Alewife Greenway trail is nearly completed and will open this spring. This new trail will connect to Minuteman Bikeway, Mystic River paths, and Alewife Station.
Percentage of arterial streets with dedicated bicycle facilities: 65%
Bicycling education in 50% elementary schools and 100% middle schools
Signature cycling events: BIKE-Arlington Tour: annual bike tour of town, held during Bike Week, organized by the Arlington Bicycle Advisory Committee with assistance from the Arlington Police Dept. ABAC Winter Social: Arlington's annual bicycling social, held in winter (usually February), with brief presentations on local cycling issues. Quad Cycles Club Rides: weekly group rides on weekends from local bike shop in Arlington, held on Saturdays and Sundays.
Some coming bicycling improvements: The State's Dept of Conservation/Recreation is developing a commuter and natural bike path which will occupy the Town's eastern border on State-owned land. The three Minuteman Bikeway communities have received a Recreational Trails Grant to develop a Bikeway Brochure and a design plan for way-finding and amenities along the Bikeway. An annual family-focused Bike-Arlington Tour is scheduled for the spring; as is also a spring cleanup, aided by local volunteers.
Bicycle Friendly Community
Level Awarded: Bronze
BFC Since: 2012
Square Miles: 5.5
Contact: Joey Glushko
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