Friday, April 25th – SOLD OUT. Join us for an afternoon ride from Topsfield to Boston. The ride starts at noon with the option of a 10:30 am bus shuttle to Topsfield from Boston’s Paul Revere Park. The ride is sold out, but some shuttle bus tickets are are still available – get your ticket today! Our state of the Greenway weekend is generously made possible by Tom’s of Maine, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin (VHB), Fay, Spofford & Thorndike, Alta Planning + Design, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, John Hancock, Bike to the Sea, Danvers RailTrail, Urban AdvenTours & Border to Boston Trail.
Join the East Coast Greenway staff, board, partners, and volunteers for a 39-mile ride from Topsfield to Boston on the East Coast Greenway. Our friends at Border to Boston , Danvers Rail Trail, and Bike to the Sea have helped organize a fantastic ride, showcasing the progress and continued efforts of these New England communities committed to developing trail. Celebrate spring, catching glimpses of the beautiful northern shore and tree lined trails with their emerging green buds and spring flowers. Danvers Rail Trail will be setting up a rest stop and complimentary snacks will be provided. Don’t forget that an evening reception at the John Hancock Building (601 Congress Street) will follow the ride!
Detailed ride schedule:
10:30 am (FOR SHUTTLE RIDERS)- Meet at Paul Revere Park’s North Bank Bridge (east side) for sign-in + shuttle/ box truck storage for bikes (bus seats are limited so get your tickets today!). Please note that there is scarce public parking at Paul Revere Park. Walking/biking or public transit is highly encouraged (just a seven minute walk from North Station). See more details regarding regulations for taking bikes on board Boston’s public transit HERE.
11am-11:30 am (FOR SHUTTLE RIDERS ONLY) -Shuttle from Paul Revere Park to Topsfield
11:30 am – Noon – Option 2 at Topsfield start location (Topsfield Village on Main Street, in parking lot in front of the “Bicycle Shop” SEE MAP)
**If you are planning on driving to Topsfield please note that there will be NO return bus shuttle service from Boston to Topsfield. This is a one way trip. Parking in Topsfield is available at Topsfield Village in front of the “Bycicle Shop” or across the street in the parking lot on Park Street.**
Noon-4:30 pm – Ride from Topsfield to Boston (Map and Cue Sheets can be found here)
4:30 pm – End ride at Paul Revere Park & North Bank Bridge. Stay for photos!
5:30 pm – 7:30 pm- Join the ECG for a reception at the John Hancock building located at 601 Congress Street, in Boston’s historic Seaport District. All reception attendees must register to access the building. To register, please send your contact information to email@example.com.
(Parking is available all around the building but not affiliated with the John Hancock. All parking requires payment and only accepts credit cards.)
Note for riders: Most of the route is paved though some stretches are packed stone dust (so most people can enjoy the ride on wider road or hybrid tires). The route is a mix of roads and trails. Don’t expect to average high speeds, as we’ll need to respect walkers, runners, and other greenway users that Friday. This is a group ride (not a race!) and will not be timed.
Interested in a shorter ride? Join us for the northern section of the route and take the commuter trail back to Boston! Here are two great options for either a 15 mile or 23 mile ride:
- Take the shuttle up to Topsfield and enjoy the northern portion of the route from Topsfield to Lynn, MA. Take the commuter rail at Lynn Station back to Boston. (~ 23 miles)
- Take the shuttle up to Topsfield and enjoy the northern portion of the route from Topsfield to Salem, MA. Take the commuter rail at Salem Station back to Boston (~ 15 miles)
**Bikes are allowed on the commuter rail except peak evening hours outbound from Boston. For more information on Bicycles & the MBTA click HERE or for the rail schedule visit Newburyport/Rockport MBTA schedule .**
From out of town and need a bike? Boston’s downtown bike shop, Urban AdvenTours, is offering a rental special for all ECG ride participants. Urban AdvenTours will take $15 off any rental for ECG riders that day. All reservations must be made in advance by calling the shop directly at 617-670-0637 and mentioning the East Coast Greenway. Rentals are for 24 hrs and can be picked up/dropped off between 9 am-8pm. All rentals include locks, helmets and flat kits.