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Photos from Oct 2010 tour of the proposed Path



The Friends of the Community Path are a group of citizens in Somerville and greater Boston who are advocating to extend this well-loved Somerville path 2.2 miles from its current ending at Lowell St. in Somerville to Cambridge & the Charles River.

June 2020 NEWS: Two Feasibility Studies have been published on connecting the Community Path to the Grand Junction Path in Cambridge and the Mystic R. paths:

Feb.2018 The MBTA selected GLX onstructors, one of 2 bidders who said they could build the entire Path to Washington St. 

Principal reports and documents:                     --- The 2016 MBTA plan to cut back the Path to Washington St.                                                    --- The 2016 alternative Friend's plan to retain the full Path.                                                          --- The May 2014 announcement of full funding for the Path and an animated video tour.               --- Dec 2013 presentation on the CPX to YPT--- The June 2013 MAPC "Metrics" report on usage and benefits of completing Path!                 --- 2011 letter to the MPO on "lost" funding.         --- Past letters to the MBTA board and to Sec. Ian Bowles & Sec. Jeff Mullan.

What the future of the path can be!

The route will follow the route of the Lowell line railroad tracks and the Green Line extension, linking the Minuteman Bikeway/Linear Park (the most-used rail trail in the USA) to the Charles River Paths, a total of 46 miles of off-road Paths!

Sound good? Paths like this happen only with community support, so we need you! more...

See our 2013 letter to the Legislature on Funding for Transportation, including paths and trails.

Click for a 2010 status report on the Path, for a brief history of the Path with photos and for the State's Dec 2012 design of the Path. Click for older presentations on the proposed route from 2006 and 2008 and the 2008 plans. Click on Events & Press Kit for photos & recent happenings.

Click for,  for bike rides.

The Path is the east end of the 104-mile Mass Central Rail Trail. A 2014 presentation here.

The proposed path
The proposed Community Path, please click on it to see a larger view

Supporters of the path include:

Alternative Needs Transportation (ANT)
Arlington Dept. of Planning and Community Development
Bedford Bicycle Advisory Committee
Belmont Bikeway Planning Committee
Belmont Friends of the Path
Bikes Belong (industry group)
Bikes Not Bombs
Boston Transportation Department
Broadway Bicycle School
Cambridge Bicycle Committee
Capuano, Michael E. (US Congressman 8th District)
Charles River Conservancy
Ciclismo Classico Tours
Cycle Loft East Cambridge Planning Team

Friends of the Community Growing Center
Groundwork Somerville
Inline Club of Boston
Jehlen, Patricia (State Senator)
Kelly Gay, Dorothy (former Somerville Mayor)
Lexington Bicycle Advisory Committee
Medford Office of Community Development Medford GreenLine Neighborhood Alliance
Miller Systems, Inc
Montague Bicycles
Mystic River Watershed Association
O2 Yoga Studio (Janet T., Mara P., Mimi L.)

                        Part Sales and Service                    Provost, Denise (State Representative)
Rails to Trails Conservancy
Redbones BBQ
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Roche, William M. (Somerville Alderman Ward 1)
Rubel BikeMaps
Seven Cycles
Seven Generations Video
Somerville Bicycle Committee
Somerville Charter School
Somerville Community Access Television
Somerville Conservation Commission
Somerville Historic Preservation Commission
Somerville Office of Strategic Planning and Community Development
Somerville Public Health Nutrition Taskforce
Somerville Road Runners
Spaulding & Sly Colliers International
Toomey, Timothy J., JR (State Representative)
Vanu Inc.
Visiting Nurse Assisted Living Community
Walk Boston
Wheelworks (Somerville and Belmont)
Wild Women Outfitters

In addition, we coordinate our efforts on path connections with MassDOT, Metropolitan Area Planning Council, the City of Somerville, and other groups and stakeholders.

Do you own property or live within one block of the proposed path or have ideas or concerns? The Community Path is a neighborhood effort. We want your input to design a proposal that meets the needs of everyone living nearby. Your concerns, ideas, and participation will help to make the best possible path.

Please call Lynn or Joel at (617) 776-7769, or send email to



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