Bike path a big boost

July 20, 2010
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Mayor Carlo DeMaria’s willingness to support a Community Development effort to create a bike path for Everett residents is a giant leap forward for residents of this city who feel intimidated by automobile traffic and would like to have a place of their own to ride their bicycles.

He is ordering that a bicycle path be created on Wyllis and West Street as a part of a greater project started some years ago that allows for cyclists from this area to ride their bicycles to the sea.

We recall the first incarnation of this project perhaps five years ago when former Everett Senator Jarred Barrios led many of us on the first bicycle ride to the sea.

We would suggest that Mayor DeMaria consider having his Community Development Department write up a proposal to have Everett become the first urban bicycle friendly city in the Commonwealth and that the entire city be made bicycle friendly.

This would be an incredible accomplishment and would elevate Everett’s reputation throughout the state.

Other benefits would be that Everett would likely become pedestrian friendly as bicycle paths and etiquette enforced by the police department would have an effect on how drivers treat children going to school in the morning and returning after school to their homes.

We can’t imagine cyclists with their own paths on Route 16 but we can imagine bicyclists having their own paths throughout the city and especially in its more passive residential areas as well as Broadway and Main Street.

It is as easy as having the vision and the will – and to be ready to paint an awful lot of bike path lines throughout the city.

We compliment the mayor on this bit of vision intended to make the urban city more of a village.

It is a positive move.

  • John_972

    The bike path issue was supported in the Everett City Council in the later 1990. It was co-sponsored by Alderman John Ragucci and Councilor Rose Lecour. It was
    Supported and an passed by the Everett City council over ten years ago. I am very happy that Mayor has brought the idea back>

    A group of cyclists in Malden thought up this rail-with-trail bike path from the center of Malden through Everett to Revere Beach. A preliminary feasibility study was undertaken in 1995. There are possible connections to the north and to the Mystic River bikepaths. The City of Everett has applied for design money for the first phase of the Bike to the Sea path. This runs along a rail line that parallels the Malden River. The private developer of the old Monsanto property has committed to extend the path across that property. The developer has sought Bike to the Sea’s assistance in connecting a road and the path to Route 99 near the Mystic Station Power plant at the Boston line. Even if the developer does not come through on the underpass, the path can easily go under the Salem MBTA line Mystic River bridge and connect to Route 99.

  • John_972

    The support of the program was back in later 1990 when Rose Lecours and John Ragucci sponsored a resoultion to support the program. Everett was the first city In Massachusetts to sponser the program.

    Supported and an passed by the Everett City council over ten years ago. I am very happy that Mayor has brought the idea back>

    A group of cyclists in Malden thought up this rail-with-trail bike path from the center of Malden through Everett to Revere Beach. A preliminary feasibility study was undertaken in 1995. There are possible connections to the north and to the Mystic River bikepaths. The City of Everett has applied for design money for the first phase of the Bike to the Sea path. This runs along a rail line that parallels the Malden River. The private developer of the old Monsanto property has committed to extend the path across that property. The developer has sought Bike to the Sea’s assistance in connecting a road and the path to Route 99 near the Mystic Station Power plant at the Boston line. Even if the developer does not come through on the underpass, the path can easily go under the Salem MBTA line Mystic River bridge and connect to Route 99.

  • Should this read “connecting Wyllis and West St” rather than “on Wyllis and West St”? Big difference – a path on the abandoned railbed which connects those streets will serve a purpose, connecting neighborhoods and parks. A path ON Wyllis and West does no good for anyone.

  • Paul 6:13

    Looks like those bikelists from Malden need to work on their Mayor. Like you said, Everett's gets it.

  • Paul 6:13

    Looks like those bikelists from Malden need to work on their Mayor. Like you said, Everett's gets it.