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Friends of the
Community Path

112 Belmont St., #2
Somerville, MA 02143
(617) 776 7769



Past Events (click back to current events)

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The 2008 Somerville Historical Bike Tour
Saturday, May 31, 2008, 10 am - 1 pm (rain date Sunday, June 1)
This 3-hour family bicycle tour will explore rail lines of the past and the future Green Line - starts at Somerville City Hall on Highland Ave. and will include stops and refreshments. Click here for the ride poster. Click here for more info and rain postponement.

The 14th Tour de Somerville: Streets, Rails and Trails
Saturday, October 14, 2006
This 3-hour bicycle tour on city streets followed the future route of the Somerville Community Path from the Brickbottom neighborhood to the existing Path near Davis Square.

This ride was part of the Fall Meeting of the Mass Central Rail Trail organization.
For more about the ride, a map, photos, and more about the Mass Central Rail Trail, see:
Mass Central Rail Trail.

The Cambridge-Somerville GoGreen History Ride
Saturday, May 21, 2005
This easy-paced, 9-mile bicycle tour will visit green places and historic sites in both Cambridge and Somerville.

This ride is sponsored by the Cambridge and Somerville Bicycle Committees, the Somerville Historic Preservation Commission, the Cambridge Historical Commission, and several other organizations.
For more information, visit

25% Design neighborhood meeting
Tuesday, June 15th, 2004 VNA Community Room, 259 Lowell St.
The Friends of the Community Path, and the City of Somerville invite you to the 25% Design neighborhood meeting for the Cedar St to Central St section of the Community Path

7th Annual Ciclismo Classico Jingle Ride
Dec 14th, 2003, 9:30am, Arlington Center
Escape the malls, the hustle and the hassles of the holidays?.?Tis the season to simplify so hop on your bikes and savor yuletide Boston! Join Santa, Rudolph, the Ciclismo Classico Reindeer Riders and dozens of colorfully costumed cyclists as we ride slowly (and sing loudly) through the streets of Arlington, Somerville, Cambridge and Boston... it's history, tradition and non stop good cheer in the making!.

Transportation Spending Prioities
Dec 1st, 2003 4-6pm, Ten Park Plaza Boston
Help us attend a public meeting on "ranking factors for funding of transportation projects, in conjunction with Doug Foy's sustainable development policies". The secretary of transportation will attend each hearing, which will feature an open discussion. We're asking the secretary to explitly recognize the transportation value of trails and the value of connections to public transit. For more information see the flyer here.

11th Annual Tour de Somerville
Somerville Bicycle Committee
October 18th (rain Oct 19th), 2003
The Somerville Bicycle Committee and the Friends of the Community Path proudly present the 11th Annual Tour de Somerville on Saturday, October 18th. This year's easy, 10-mile ride explores transportation in Somerville - past, present, and future. We'll visit the sites of old railroad stations and yards, as well as possible locations for new paths and T stops. Even though Somerville is a City of Seven Hills, our mostly-flat route avoids nearly all of them. The ride begins at 10 am at a new location -- the Cedar Street end of the Somerville Community Path. This is just north of the intersection of Alpine and Cedar Streets. Please wear a helmet. Steady rain will postpone the ride to the following day - Sunday, October 19 - same time and starting location. For more information, call the Somerville Bicycle Committee at 617-625-6600 x2503 or visit the Committee's web site at

Somerville Equity Transporation Partnership (STEP)
Meetings of STEP on improving the Green Line, Orange Line and other public transit in Somerville are held on the third Monday of every month, usually at SCAT offices in Union Square.

Monday June 16th, 2003 6pm
Our next regular meeting will cellebrate our 2-year aniversery with a picnic.

Skatepark Design
Charles River Conservancy
Tuesday June 5th, 2003 6pm
There is a proposal to put a skateboard park under the Big Dig ramps, right next to the future Community Path. The path could help adults keep an eye on the park, and the park could provide a focal point and destination for path users. See for details on the design meetings, where kids & other potential users of the park are encouraged to help with the planning.

HANDS-ON CLEANUP - Belmont/Alewife
Belmont Community Path Group
Saturday May 31st, 2003 9:00am-Noon
Help our neighbors in Belmont clean their section of potential path. On Saturday, May 31st between 9:00 in the morning and noon, the Belmont Friends of Community Paths and the Belmont Bikeway Planning Committee are organizing a work session to clean-up and improve the little-known bike and foot path that connects Brighton Street to the Alewife Reservation and the Alewife T station. We will meet at the Belmont end of the path, at Brighton Street next to the commuter rail tracks. RSVP if possible or just show up. To RSVP or for more information, call or email John Dieckmann at 617-489-1423 or Wear long pants and work gloves. Tools needed include wheelbarrows and Garden Way carts, loppers/pruners, rakes, shovels. Refreshments will be provided.

Friends of the Community Path
May 17th, 2003 9:30am
Join neighbors & Friends of the Path to clean the route of the proposed path. See pictures from last year. Join us at Lowell Street Bridge. Bring gloves, old plastic grocery bags, and other cleanup supplies like pushbrooms. Recyling bins will be supplied. Our event is part of the City's Somersday spring cleanup. Come get a free gift from O2 Yoga!

Cambridge Police
March 31st-April 6, 2003
Too many people ride bikes without lights at night. Ride in Cambridge without a light during this week, and get a free light (along with a citation). See the press release for details.

Hosted by the Boston Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO)
Friday March 28 2003, 9AM to 1PM
The Family Center, 366 Somerville Avenue
These workshops will be half-day courses for citizens as well as elected officials and professionals in the fields of planning, engineering, law enforcement, and education.
The workshops will include a presentation from national experts including Mark Fenton, who was the speaker at WalkBoston's 2002 Annual Meeting. Included in each workshop will be a visit to a specific site within each community to view pedestrian facilities and assess how they serve walkers' needs. This exercise will help participants learn how to make their communities more pedestrian-friendly.

Buddliners to Bike Path
A lecture at the Somerville Museum
Friday, November 15th, 2002, 7:30 - 10:00PM
Corner of Westwood Road and Central Street, Somerville
John Alan Roderick, a local railroad historian, will present a brief look back at the railroad in Somerville. He will discuss, among other topics, the former railroad (replaced bythe bike path from Cedar Street to Davis Square) as it existed in the middle to the late 1970s.
For reservation please call 617-666-9810. Donations are welcome.

10th Annual Tour de Somerville
Saturday, October 19th, 2002, 10:00AM - 1:00 PM (Raindate: Sunday, October 20th)
Hills Park Davis Square(Behind the T stop next to the Somerville Theater)
Theme: Green space, Open Space Co-sponsored by the Somerville Bicycle Committee and the Friends of the Community Path.
For more info contact: Greg Palmer at or call 617-623-0750

Representatives Tim Toomey Holding Public Safety Hearing
Tuesday October 15th, 2002, 6:30PM
Council Chambers, 795 Mass Ave, Cambridge MA
In preparation for the upcoming legislative session, the Committee on Public Safety is researching the growing concerns over pedestrian and bicycle safety. In an effort to improve awareness and understanding of the issues involved in this matter, the Committee will be holding an informational hearing open to interested individuals and groups, as well as state and local officials. Lets thank Toomey and show how important the Community Path and projects like it are!!
For more info contact: Jefferson Smith at

Saturday July 19th and Sunday July 20th 2002, from 12:00 - 7:00PM
For two days in July, artists, musicians, dancers, thespians and festival goers converge on Davis Square for ArtBeat. Help us add the right artistic touches to the Community Path booth.

Bike to the Sea Day
June 23rd 2002, 9:00AM
Lets help support our neighbors to the North in there exciting project to create a path from Everett to Lynn.(just a skip from Somerville) 20 mile family ride. For more info go to: If your interested in biking to Bike to the Sea we will be leaving from 112 Belmont St Somerville at 8:00AM contact Joel at: 617-776-7769 to join us.

Golden Spike II Conference
Friday June 21st 2002, 11:00 - 2:00PM (rain or shine)
Bentley College Waltham, MA
Turns out, our little Community Path is part of something bigger... the Central Mass Railway. The Mass Central is a proposed 104 mile long rail trail extending from downtown Boston 3/4 of the way to New York. (The Community Path is the last segment or the 1st depending on which way you look at it) As amazing as it seems, 64 years after the railroad was shattered by hurricane, most of the route is clear and passable (the political impediments to the trail are much greater than the physical impediments).

This is a high-level visibility event to kick off the Mass Central Rail Trail project. The more people come, the better the event looks to the officials present. Come learn more about the trail project, show your support, or learn how your concerns can be heard in future design meetings. See for or RailTrails New England for more details.

Action Group Anniversary Meeting
Monday, June 3rd 2002, 6:00PM
64 Hudson Street, Somerville. (1 block east of Lowell Street and directly behind the armory building on Highland Ave.) This meeting includes a Pot Luck Dinner in honor of the First Anniversary of Friends of the Community Path. Please bring an item for the Pot Luck.

Historic Somerville Bike Tour
Saturday, May 18th, 2002, 10:00 AM (Raindate: Sunday May 19th)
Meet at Somerville City Hall to tour many of Somerville's historical sites with the Historic Preservation Commission and the Bicycle Committee. The ride will be about three hours long and include a snack stop. Families are welcome and the ride will be paced according to participants' skill levels. This is also a good chance to talk to members of the Somerville Historical Commission, the Somerville Bike Committee, and the Friend's of the Community Path. They will all be on hand to talk about current projects and answer any questions about what's going on in Somerville. Contact Turil Cronburg at or 617-628-6250

Bike to Work Day
Friday, May 17th 2002, Morning and Evening Commutes
The Friends will mark Bike-To-Work-Day offering bicycle bells and information on courtesy toward pedestrians. Help us "share the path" near the Davis Square MBTA stop.

Past (2001) Events continued ...

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